About the StadiumOriginally, the Amsterdam Arena was built to host the 1992 Olympics. However Barcelona was picked as the hosting city instead of Amsterdam, and plans for the arena changed a lot. The arena by the end was built as a general center, not for sports. It was first opened in 1996, and it contains about 52,000 seats.
The arena's building budget reached about 96 million euros. Thanks to the modern architecture and design, the grass and roof can both be removed. This is a modern application, but has had some negative effects. For example, the grass wasn't able to grow under the covered roof, and the arena must re-grass the entire field four times a year.
Today the arena is used as the home stadium for Amsterdam's Ajax soccer team, and the Netherland's national football team. In addition, there are performances by well-known singers who manage to fill the hall with about 150,000 people. Tina Turner was the first one to achieve this.