Philips Stadion

The Philips Stadion (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈfilɪps ˌstaːdijɔn]) is a football stadium in Eindhoven, Netherlands, and it is the home of PSV (Philips Sport Vereniging), also known as PSV Eindhoven. With a capacity of 35,000, it is the third-largest football stadium in the country. Established as the Philips Sportpark, it was constructed as a sports field for Philips employees in 1910. The Philips Elftal played football matches from 1911 until 1913, when the team was succeeded by PSV. Since 1913, PSV has used the original ground as its home stadium.

The stadium has gone through several extensions in its history: after a wooden stand in 1916, seating and standing places slowly enclosed the field throughout the first decades. Two extensive renovations in the 1970s and 1990s first created a covered stadium, and then a two-tiered ground with extensive commercial spaces. The completion of the four corners in 2002 eventually led to its current capacity.

The Philips Stadion currently holds a four-star rating by UEFA. It has hosted a range of Netherlands national team fixtures since 1971. In 2013, PSV's reserve team, Jong PSV, also played their league matches at the stadium. They now play their games at the training complex De Herdgang. Furthermore, the Philips Stadion was the location for three UEFA Euro 2000 group stage matches, as well as the 2006 UEFA Cup Final. Aside from football-related purposes, the ground is incidentally used for music concerts.

Philips Stadion
PSV Stadion
(UEFA name)
Philips Stadion - PSV Eindhoven, 2008-1
Former namesPhilips Sportpark
LocationFrederiklaan 10a
Eindhoven, Netherlands
Coordinates51°26'18.24" N 5°28'1.67" E
OwnerPSV Eindhoven
OperatorPSV Eindhoven
Record attendance35,292
PSV vs Manchester United,
15 September 2015[3]
Field size105 by 68 metres (114.8 yd × 74.4 yd)[4][5]
Opened12 December 1910
Philips Elftal (1910–1916)
PSV Eindhoven (1916–present)
Jong PSV (2013–2014)
Netherlands national football team (selected matches)[6]


Philips Stadion

First decades

PSV tegen DOS 4-0, Coen Dillen scoort het eerste doelpunt, doelman Jan van de Wi, Bestanddeelnr 910-7512
Coen Dillen scores for PSV. On the background, the situation of the stands in 1959 can be seen.

In 1910, the Philips company erected new houses to serve the growing need for employee housing. The area, fittingly named Philipsdorp ("Philips Village"), was built on walking distance from the Philips factories and located (at that point) in the outskirts of Eindhoven. Urban planner Gerrit Jan de Jongh envisaged a village green in the center, creating a space for leisure and sports. In this green, a football field, a korfball field and a bandstand were planned. The area was named the Philips Sportpark.[7][8] Meanwhile, Philips founded a football team for its young employees, named Philips Elftal. Their first match marks the first recorded use of the Philips Sportpark: on 15 January 1911, the Philips Elftal won their debut match against Hollandia from Woensel. The Philips Elftal continued to play at the field for two seasons; in 1913 the team was succeeded by PSV, who also took the Philips Sportpark as their home ground.[9] PSV’s first official home game was the Eindhoven derby against EVV on 10 October 1915.[10]

In its first years, the field did not include any seating space for spectators. This changed in 1916, when the first wooden stand was built, providing room for 550 viewers.[11][12] The stand was funded by Philips, which was celebrating its 25th anniversary that year.[13] Later, the stand was replaced by a new main stand in 1933, providing seating space for 900 spectators.[13] Five years later, during PSV’s twenty-fifth anniversary, a scoreboard was installed in the stadium. The board was a gift by the official PSV fan union.[14] In 1941, PSV decided to build stands across the entire ground. The decision was made to create an oval shape with a running track between field and stands, enabling the possibility for athletic, cycling and ice skating matches. After completion, the capacity rose to 18,000. During World War II, the ground was claimed by German occupants and used for military purposes. The final days of World War II witnessed great destruction in the city of Eindhoven and also to the stadium itself. Repairs were duly made.[13]

Rene v.d. Kerkhof scoort 1e doelpunt Wim Meutstege (rechts) en Schoenaker (links, Bestanddeelnr 930-1733
René van de Kerkhof scores for PSV in 1979. The height difference between the main stand and the remaining stands is clearly visible.

In 1953, the main stand was refurbished and extended, creating space for a press room and meeting spaces. Also, a memorial was revealed, commemorating the war victims.[14] In 1958, the running track was removed, making space for a bigger field. New stands are built as well, increasing the capacity to 22,000.[12][13] Four 40-meter high floodlights were installed by Philips in the stadium in the same year, making evening matches possible. The lights were inaugurated on April 9 with an exhibition match against RSC Anderlecht.[15] A complete renovation of the stadium started in 1969. After its completion in 1977, the stadium was completely enclosed and every seat was covered. The main (south) stand peaked above the other stands. The capacity rose to 26,500, of which 12,000 were for standing spectators. The renovated ground was celebrated with a match against Leeds United.[12][13] Earlier, the ground was used by the Netherlands national football team for the first time. On November 17, 1971, the Netherlands played a qualifying match for the 1972 UEFA European Championship against Luxembourg (8–0).

Upgrade to two-tiered stadium

In April 1987, cracks in the south stand were discovered. The damage was caused by an alkali–silica reaction. PSV chairman Jacques Ruts decided to rebuild the stand, and simultaneously provide more space for business relations and sponsors. Up until then, the stadium only offered regular spectator seats. Ruts got inspired by the way American stadiums had built luxury boxes and used them for business opportunities. After the renovation (which costed 40 million guilders), the new south stand was two-tiered, with 830 VIP-seats behind glass in the middle. Also, new offices, a press room, a youth hall and a restaurant were created. The opening of the stand was celebrated with an exhibition match against Milan on 17 August 1988.[11][12] Two years later, the ground changed its name from Philips Sportpark to Philips Stadion.[16]

Ventilating corner seats of Philips Stadion
The north-east corner of the stadium, which was completed in 2000.

In the nineties, the other stands were also raised to the level of the south stand. The west and east stand were expanded in 1993, and the north stand in 1996.[13] After completion, the seating capacity reached 30,000.[12] Until then, the fanatic part of the PSV support would be located on the so-called L-side on standing terraces. After the renovations in the nineties, the standing terraces disappeared and the fanatic fans moved to the east stand.[17] The renovations in the 1990s were in time for UEFA Euro 2000, held in the Netherlands and Belgium. The Philips Stadion hosted three group matches: Portugal beat England, 3–2; Sweden and Turkey ended in a goalless draw; and Italy beat Sweden, 2–1.[5][18] The last major renovation was the closing of the four open corners of the stadium. The two corners on the north side were built in 2000; the corners on the south side were finalized in 2001.[13] Along with creating more seats, the new corners had window blind-type constructions, which allowed air to flow through in order to let the grass breath. These frames can be closed during events, to protect spectators from weather conditions.[11][18] The four corners were designed by Toon van Aken.[19]

Philips Stadion press view
The view of the pitch from the press box.

In March 2001, PSV faced 1. FC Kaiserslautern in an UEFA Cup fixture. During the match, fans were provoked by Kaiserslautern players, resulting in spectators attempting to break through a fence separating the stands and the field. After the gate was cracked, PSV coach Eric Gerets and several players had to personally stop the fans from entering the field.[20] After this incident, problems with fan violence faded and in the summer of 2005, the PSV board decided to remove the tall fences around the pitch.[5] They were replaced with 35 inches (90 cm) high railings keeping the spectators off the grass. Unauthorized persons who do invade the pitch will receive a €15,000 penalty and a ten-year ban from visiting the Philips Stadion. The 2006 UEFA Cup Final was held in the Philips Stadion; Sevilla defeated Middlesbrough 4–0.[5][12] For the final, the stadium was temporarily named ‘PSV Stadion’, because UEFA did not allow the Philips name to be used.[21]

Press room at the Philips Stadion
Press room at the Philips Stadion prior to a press conference.

Plans to further expand the ground to 45,000 seats have been examined, but turned down after the Netherlands lost the 2018 FIFA World Cup bid.[22] In 2011, the ground under the stadium (and the training facilities) were sold for €48.4 million to the Eindhoven municipality in a leasehold estate construction.[23] In recent years, the stadium has gone through several minor modernization programs: the fourth floor was renovated in 2008, LED-powered advertisement boarding was installed by Philips in 2009.[24][25] In 2012, a modernization plan for the ground was presented. The plan included new entrances, sponsor lodges and parts of the stands.[26] The second floor of the stadium was renovated in 2013.[27] After PSV's reserve team Jong PSV was admitted to the Eerste Divisie, they relocated their home matches to the Philips Stadion.[28]

Other uses

The Philips Stadion is incidentally used for music concerts. During these events, the stadium offers space for around 30,000 visitors. In 1992, a version of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana was played at the stadium.[29] Two years later, Eros Ramazzotti gave a concert at the Philips Stadion.[30][31][32] In the aftermath, the grass suffered heavily after being trampled by concert goers. It prompted the PSV board's reluctance to hold more events at the ground.[30] It was not until 2006 that the stadium would host a concert: Dutch artist Guus Meeuwis played three concerts in front of a sold-out crowd. Since 2006, Meeuwis has played at the stadium every year. His shows were sometimes combined with live coverage of a Netherlands football team match in case of a planned fixture.[33][34] In 2007, Dutch band BLØF also played at the ground.[29]

Philips Stadium Eindhoven Jan 2013
The Philips Stadion


The stadium can be reached by a 20-minute walk from the Eindhoven main railway station, and a 10-minute walk from the Eindhoven Strijp-S railway station.[12] Bus lines 13, 16, 18, 401 and 402, departing from the Eindhoven railway station, call at the 'Philips-stadion' bus stop, just outside the stadium. Bus 401 is a service between the railway station and Eindhoven Airport, making the Philips Stadion directly connected with the airport.[35] In the event of major football matches or other events, the stadium has its own railway platform, the Eindhoven Stadion railway station. The platform is only reachable through a pedestrian bridge that connects directly to the stadium. The station is mainly meant for travelling away fans: the bridge leads to the away-section in the stands. The station is only serviceable by trains travelling from the direction of the Eindhoven Strijp-S railway station to the Eindhoven railway station.

Euro 2000 matches

Date Result Round
12 June 2000  Portugal 3–2  England Group A
15 June 2000  Sweden 0–0  Turkey Group B
19 June 2000  Italy 2–1  Sweden Group B


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Preceded by
Estádio José Alvalade
Final Venue

Succeeded by
Hampden Park

Coordinates: 51°26′30.41″N 5°28′2.79″E / 51.4417806°N 5.4674417°E

1999–2000 PSV Eindhoven season

During the 1999–2000 Dutch football season, PSV Eindhoven competed in the Eredivisie.

2006 UEFA Cup Final

The 2006 UEFA Cup Final was a football match that took place at Philips Stadion in Eindhoven, Netherlands on 10 May 2006. The match was contested by Middlesbrough of England and Sevilla of Spain. Sevilla won the UEFA Cup with a 4–0 win.

2011–12 PSV Eindhoven season

The 2011–12 PSV Eindhoven season saw the club competing in the 2011–12 Eredivisie, 2011–12 KNVB Cup and 2011–12 Europa League.

2012–13 PSV Eindhoven season

The 2012–13 PSV Eindhoven season saw the club competing in the 2012–13 Eredivisie, 2012–13 KNVB Cup and 2012–13 UEFA Europa League.

2013–14 PSV Eindhoven season

The 2013–14 PSV Eindhoven season saw PSV competing in the Eredivisie, KNVB Cup, UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League. PSV finished the season in 4th place in the Eredivisie, qualifying for the UEFA Europa League again, where knocked out of the KNVB Cup by Roda JC in the Third Round. In Europe PSV where knocked out of the Champions League at the Play-off Round by A.C. Milan, ending up in the Europa League group stages, from which they did not progress.

Phillip Cocu was appointed as the teams manager at the start of the season, replacing Dick Advocaat.

2014–15 PSV Eindhoven season

During the 2014–15 season PSV Eindhoven will participate in the Dutch Eredivisie, the KNVB Cup, and the UEFA Europa League. The first training took place on Tuesday 24 June 2014. The traditional PSV Fan Day was held on Saturday 2 August 2014.

2015–16 PSV Eindhoven season

During the 2015–16 season, PSV Eindhoven participated in the Dutch Eredivisie, the KNVB Cup, the Johan Cruyff Shield and the UEFA Champions League.

2016–17 PSV Eindhoven season

During the 2016–17 season, PSV Eindhoven participated in the Dutch Eredivisie, the KNVB Cup, the Johan Cruyff Shield and the UEFA Champions League.

2017–18 PSV Eindhoven season

During the 2017–18 season, PSV Eindhoven participated in the Dutch Eredivisie, the KNVB Cup and the UEFA Europa League. They won the Eredivisie by defeating Ajax 3-0 at the Philips Stadion.

2018 Johan Cruyff Shield

The 2018 Johan Cruyff Shield was the twenty-third Johan Cruyff Shield (Dutch: Johan Cruijff Schaal), an annual Dutch football match played between the winners of the previous season's Eredivisie and KNVB Cup. The match was contested by PSV, champions of the 2017–18 Eredivisie, and Feyenoord, winners of the 2017–18 KNVB Cup. It was held at the Philips Stadion on 4 August 2018.

2018–19 PSV Eindhoven season

During the 2018–19 season, PSV Eindhoven participated in the Eredivisie, the KNVB Cup, the Johan Cruyff Shield and the UEFA Champions League.

Eindhoven Stadion railway station

Eindhoven Stadion (English: Eindhoven Stadium) is a small railway station located in Eindhoven, Netherlands and is opened in 1990. The station, located about 900 meter from Eindhoven railway station, is operated by Nederlandse Spoorwegen but is only serviced in the event of football matches or other special events at Philips Stadion, the stadium of football club PSV Eindhoven.

The station has only one simple platform which has a length of approximately 250 to 275 meters. In the event of football matches or other major events at the stadium, trains traveling between Eindhoven Strijp-S and Eindhoven will stop at the station. When leaving the stadium it is only possible to travel in the direction of Eindhoven station, where many Intercity services go from.

There are no facilities at the station, although it is equipped with fences and cameras to prevent violence. The station is completely closed as it is only possible to access and exit the station through a pedestrian bridge which connects directly to Philips Stadion. However, stairs alongside the station can be used in the event of an emergency.

Guus Meeuwis

Gustaaf Stephanus Modestus "Guus" Meeuwis (born 23 March 1972) is a Dutch singer-songwriter. As part of the band Vagant, he scored several hits in the Netherlands and Flanders during the 1990s and first decade of the 2000s. On 24 May 2015, Meeuwis became the first Dutch language performing artist ever to play a fully booked concert at London's Royal Albert Hall.

Jong PSV

Jong PSV is a Dutch football team, based in Eindhoven. It is the reserve team of PSV Eindhoven and plays in the Eerste Divisie since the 2013–14 season.

List of football stadiums in the Netherlands

The following is a list of football stadiums in the Netherlands, ordered by capacity. Stadiums in bold are First Division pitches at 2018-19 season.

Netherlands national football team results – 2000s

This is a list of football games played by the Netherlands national football team between 2000 and 2009.

PSV Eindhoven

The Philips Sport Vereniging (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈfilɪps ˌspɔrt fəˌreːnəɣɪŋ], English: Philips Sports Union), abbreviated as PSV and internationally known as PSV Eindhoven [ˌpeːjɛsˈfeː ˈɛi̯ntɦoːvə(n)] is a sports club from Eindhoven, Netherlands, that plays in the Eredivisie, the top tier in Dutch football. It is best known for its professional football department, which plays in the Eredivisie since its inception in 1956. Along with Ajax and Feyenoord, PSV is one of the country's "big three" clubs that have dominated the Eredivisie.

The club was founded in 1913 as a team for Philips employees. PSV's history contains two golden eras revolving around the UEFA Cup victory in 1978 and the 1987–88 European Cup victory as part of the seasonal treble in 1988. The team has won the Eredivisie 24 times, the KNVB Cup nine times and the Johan Cruyff Shield ten times. Currently (as of Nov 2018), PSV is 39th on the UEFA club coefficients ranking.

Throughout the years, PSV established itself as a stepping stone for future world class players like Ruud Gullit, Ronald Koeman, Romário, Ronaldo, Phillip Cocu, Jaap Stam, Jisung Park, Ruud van Nistelrooy, and Arjen Robben.

Since its foundation, it has played in the Philips Stadion and has upheld its club colours (red and white). Its elaborate connection with Philips can be witnessed in its sponsoring, shared technology and board member ties. Fans have named themselves 'boeren' (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈbuːrə(n)], Dutch for either peasants or farmers), taking pride in Eindhoven's status of being a provincial city and their Brabantian heritage.

Stade Armand Cesari

Stade Armand-Cesari, also known as the Stade de Furiani, is a multi-purpose stadium in Furiani, France. It is currently used mostly for football matches of SC Bastia. The stadium is able to hold 16,000 people and opened in 1932.It was the venue for the first leg of the 1978 UEFA Cup Final, which saw a 0-0 tie between SC Bastia and the Dutch-side PSV Eindhoven. Eventually, PSV won the Final with a 3-0 victory on their home ground Philips Stadion.

The record attendance at the stadium was set on 1 September 2012, when 15,505 people saw Bastia lose against by St. Etienne (0-3) in league matches. This broke the record set on 26 April 1978, when 15,000 people saw Bastia draw 0-0 against PSV Eindhoven in the first leg of the 1978 UEFA Cup Final.


Strijp is a former town in the Dutch province of North Brabant, now a borough of Eindhoven.

Strijp was a separate municipality until 1920, when it became part of Eindhoven. The Philips Stadion, home of football team PSV Eindhoven is based in Strijp. The stadium has a capacity of around 35,000.

Strijp-S, the repurposed buildings of the former Philips factory complex, is located within Strijp.

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