Euroborg

The Hitachi Capital Mobility Stadion, or Hitachi Stadion for short, is the stadium of football club FC Groningen, with a capacity of 22,329 seats and located to the south-east of Groningen. The stadium site houses a casino, movie theater, school, supermarket, and a fitness centre. A temporary railway station at the Euroborg Stadium opened in late 2007, and a permanent one opened in 2013. The stadium's seats are completely clad in the club's colors of green and white, with 1,000 seats available for supporters of the away team.

Hitachi Capital Mobility Stadion[1]
De Groene Kathedraal (The Green Cathedral)
De Groene Hel (The Green Hell)
Euroborg
Euroborg
Hitachi Capital Mobility Stadion[1] is located in Groningen (province)
Hitachi Capital Mobility Stadion[1]
Hitachi Capital Mobility Stadion[1]
Location in the province of Groningen in the Netherlands
LocationGroningen, Netherlands
Coordinates53°12′22″N 6°35′29″E / 53.20611°N 6.59139°ECoordinates: 53°12′22″N 6°35′29″E / 53.20611°N 6.59139°E
OwnerFC Groningen
TypeFootball stadium
Seating typeseated
Capacity22,579
Construction
Built2004–05
Opened2006
ArchitectWiel Arets Architects
Tenants
FC Groningen (2006–present)
Website
www.euroborg.nl

The stadium

The stadium was built by a consortium of Ballast Nedam, Royal BAM Group and VolkerWessels and completed in 2006.[2]

Besides the nickname de Groene Hel (the Green Hell) it also is called de Groene Kathedraal (the Green Cathedral).

The stadium has had several name changes; at the opening in 2006 the stadium was called the Euroborg, but in 2016 the name was changed to NoordLease stadion. Due to a fusion of companies, the name was changed to Hitachi Capital Mobility Stadion in 2018.

Access

The Euroborg is easy to reach by public transport, as the train station Groningen Europapark, located 200 meters from the stadium, is served every hour by a number of trains (coming from and going to Groningen Central) and buses. There are also a number of car parks (marked as P1, P2, etc.) in the surrounding area.

UEFA U21 Championships 2007

The Euroborg was also one of four venues for the UEFA U21 Championships 2007, which the Netherlands hosted. It was host to all group matches of Portugal and the final between the Netherlands and Serbia.

Netherlands women's national football team

On 24 October 2017, the Netherlands women's national football team played Norway at Euroborg in front of 20,980 spectators as part of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification – UEFA Group 3.

References

  1. ^ "Definitief: FC Groningen-stadion wordt Hitachi Capital Mobility Stadion - RTV Noord". www.rtvnoord.nl (in Dutch).
  2. ^ 10 million Euro orders for Olympic Stadium in Berlin and Euroborg Stadium in Groningen Archived December 28, 2010, at the Wayback Machine Imtech, 8 April 2004

External links

2006–07 FC Groningen season

During the 2006–07 Dutch football season, FC Groningen competed in the Eredivisie.

2007 UEFA European Under-21 Championship

The UEFA European Under-21 Championship 2007 were held from 10 June 2007 to 23 June 2007. It was the 16th staging of UEFA's European Under-21 Championship.

2013–14 Eredivisie

The 2013–14 Eredivisie was the 58th season of Eredivisie since its establishment in 1955. It began on 2 August 2013 with the first match of the season and ended on 18 May 2014 with the returns of the finals of the European competition and relegation playoffs.

2013–14 KNVB Cup

The 2013–14 KNVB Cup is the 96th season of the Dutch national football knockout tournament. The competition began on 28 August 2013 with the matches of Round 1 and ends with the final on 20 April 2014. AZ are the defending champions having won the cup the previous season.

The winner qualifies for the play-off round of the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League.

2014–15 KNVB Cup

The 2014–15 KNVB Cup is the 97th season of the Dutch national football knockout tournament. The competition began on 27 August 2014 with the matches of Round 1 and ended with the final on 3 May 2015. The winner qualified for the group stage of the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League.

2015–16 UEFA Europa League group stage

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Claus en Kaan Architecten

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Derby of the North

The Derby of the North (Dutch: Derby van het Noorden) is a common reference to the match between the Dutch football clubs FC Groningen and SC Heerenveen. Since the dissolution of BV Veendam in 2013, there remain four professional football clubs in the three northern provinces of the Netherlands; Groningen, Friesland, and Drenthe. Besides Groningen and Heerenveen, these are FC Emmen and Cambuur Leeuwarden. Although Heerenveen has an older and fiercer rivalry with Cambuur, only the match between Heerenveen and Groningen is commonly referred to as the Derby of the North. This is due to Heerenveen and Groningen being seen as representing the provinces of Friesland and Groningen, whereas Cambuur is only regarded as the team of the city of Leeuwarden and its immediate environment.

Heerenveen and Groningen have the biggest following of the four northern teams and are regulars in the Eredivisie. Cambuur Leeuwarden has been in the Eerste Divisie, the second tier of Dutch football, for most of its existence. Emmen, the only professional football club from Drenthe, has made its debut in the Eredivisie in the 2018-19 season, but is significantly smaller than the other three northern teams. Emmen has little appeal outside its locality, particularly Groningen draws a lot of support from the province of Drenthe.

FC Groningen

Football Club Groningen (Dutch pronunciation: [ɛfˈseː ˈɣroːnɪŋə(n)]) is a Dutch professional football club based in Groningen. The club plays in the Eredivisie, the highest football league of the Netherlands.

The club was founded in 1971 when predecessor GVAV changed its name to FC Groningen. Their home stadium was the Oosterpark Stadion from 1971 to 2005, while they currently play at the Hitachi Capital Mobility Stadion. The stadium is more commonly referred to with its former name, Euroborg.

Their best result in the Eredivisie was third place in 1991 and 2006, and their worst result in the Eredivisie was relegation to the Eerste Divisie in 1974 and 1998. The club won the KNVB Cup in the 2014–15 season.

Filip Kostić

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Groningen (province)

Groningen (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɣroːnɪŋə(n)] (listen); Gronings: Grunn; West Frisian: Grinslân) is the northeasternmost province of the Netherlands. It borders on Friesland to the west, Drenthe to the south, the German state of Lower Saxony (districts of Leer and Emsland) to the east, and the Wadden Sea to the north. In 2014, it had a population of 582,640 and a total area of 2,960 km2 (1,140 sq mi).

The area was subsequently part of Frisia, the Frankish Empire, the Holy Roman Empire, and the Dutch Republic, which is the precursor state of the Netherlands. In the 14th century, the city of Groningen became a member of the Hanseatic League.

The capital of the province and the seat of the provincial government is the city of Groningen. Since 2016, René Paas has been the King's Commissioner in the province. A coalition of the Labour Party, People's Party for Freedom and Democracy, Democrats 66, and ChristianUnion forms the executive branch. The province is divided into 23 municipalities.

The land is mainly used for agriculture. There are sea ports in Delfzijl and Eemshaven. The Groningen gas field was discovered in 1959. The province is home to the University of Groningen and Hanze University of Applied Sciences.

List of football stadiums in the Netherlands

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Martin Koeman

Martinus Cornelis Koeman (26 July 1938 – 18 December 2013) was a Dutch footballer who played as a defender.

Koeman played professional football with KFC of Koog aan de Zaan from 1955 to 1960, Blauw-Wit Amsterdam from 1960 to 1963, GVAV/Groningen from 1963 to 1973 and SC Heerenveen until his retirement. He was selected regularly for the Netherlands national team but only played one match, against Austria on 12 April 1964. Despite his respectable career, he is best known for being the father of Erwin and Ronald Koeman, who followed in their father's footsteps as footballers, with both of his sons playing for Groningen and the Dutch national team. One of the stands in the Euroborg stadium of Groningen has been named Koeman Stand after Martin and his two sons.

On 18 December 2013, at the age 75, Martin Koeman died from heart failure after falling ill a few days earlier.

Piet Fransen

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Robert Maaskant

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Royal BAM Group

Koninklijke BAM Groep ("Royal BAM Group") is a Dutch construction-services business with headquarters in Bunnik, Netherlands.

Stadion Oosterpark

Oosterpark Stadion (Dutch pronunciation: [ˌoːstərˈpɑrk ˈstaːdiɔn]) was the stadium of football club FC Groningen until December 2005. The all-seater stadium in Groningen's Oosterpark neighbourhood was inaugurated on September 30, 1933, and renovated in 1960, 1984 and 1987/88. The stadium has been replaced by the new, larger Euroborg stadium, and the ground it occupied is being redeveloped.

The stadium's peak capacity was 22,000 spectators (in 1985). At the time of the demolition, the capacity was 11,224.

Clubs that played in the stadium earlier are BRC, GVAV Rapiditas and De Oosterparkers. The best visited game ever was FC Groningen - Servette FC with 19,500 spectators.

The stadium in Groningen hosted two international matches of the Dutch national football team in the early 1980s, with the last being a qualifying match for Euro 1984 on September 7, 1983 against Iceland: 3-0. The goals were scored by Ronald Koeman, Ruud Gullit and Peter Houtman.

VolkerWessels

Royal VolkerWessels Stevin N.V. is a major European construction services business with Dutch-based headquarters. It is privately owned by the Wessels Family (42.5%), CVC Capital Partners (42.5%) and management (15%).

Wiel Arets Architects

Wiel Arets Architects is an Amsterdam, Maastricht, and Zurich based multidisciplinary architecture and design practice founded by Wiel Arets in 1983.

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