Luminus Arena

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Luminus Arena
Cristal Arena Stadionplein Genk - panoramio.jpg
Former names 1990–1999
Thyl Gheyselinckstadion
Cristal Arena
Location Genk
Capacity 23,718 [1]
21,500 (UEFA matches)[2]
Field size 105 x 68 m
KRC Genk

The Luminus Arena is a multi-purpose stadium in Genk, Belgium. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is the home ground of Racing Genk. The stadium holds 23,718 [3] (of which 4,200 are standing places) and was built in 1999. Heusden-Zolder used to play at this stadium for their single season at the top level in 2003-04. Following the relegation of the club, it moved to Mijnstadion in Beringen. The average home attendance varies from 20 000 to 22 000 supporters who visit the stadium every fortnight.

Before the start of the 2007-2008 season, the stadium was known as "het Fenixstadion". However, early 2007 Racing Genk signed an agreement with the Alken-Maes brewery to lease the name of the stadium for a 5-year period changing the name to Cristal Arena. In 2016, the name was changed to Luminus Arena, named after Belgian company Luminus, the new stadium sponsor.

On November 8th, 2018 the stadium name will temporarily be changed to Besiktas Arena, in honour of the Turkish team Beşiktaş JK who will hold a home game in the UEFA Europa League.

The Belgium national football team played two games at this venue in 2009, a Friendly against Slovenia and a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Bosnia-Herzegovina which they lost 2-4.


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Coordinates: 51°00′18″N 5°32′00″E / 51.00500°N 5.53333°E / 51.00500; 5.53333