Signatures for new construction Amsterdam ArenA

Amsterdam ArenA is preparing for a large-scale renovation project. The lower and upper tier concourses will be enlarged. It is the largest renovation since its opening in 1996. Today, Henk Markerink CEO of the Amsterdam ArenA and Cenk Düzyol CEO of Ballast Nedam, signed a contract for the execution of the 1st phase on the railway side of the stadium. Erman Ilicak, founder of Renaissance Holding and Edwin de Kuiper CBDO of Ballast Nedam were present at this memorable day.

Henk Markerink, CEO of the Amsterdam ArenA: “In the past 20 years, the ArenA continued to invest in quality, innovation and sustainability. The coming major renovation also fits within that vision. In this way, the ArenA remains ‘up to date’ and continues to play in the major league of football stadiums. We are looking forward to the cooperation with Founder Ballast Nedam, who was a partner from the very start, and to the start of the new construction on the east side of the stadium.”

Erman Ilicak, founder of Renaissance Holding: “The projects are at the core of what Ballast Nedam does, and Amsterdam ArenA will fit in perfectly. As Founder, we have a valuable relationship with Amsterdam ArenA. We are confident that we will be able to expand this relationship in the future.”

Artist impression Phase 1 east side stadium Artist impression Phase 1 east side stadium

Project ArenA 2020
Project ArenA 2020 consists of three phases. Phase 1 concerns the east side of the stadium. For this, Ballast Nedam will also provide the detail engineering. Phase 1 will be followed by phase 2 (south side) and phase 3 (north side). Once these 3 phases have been completed, together with the already renovated main building, the ArenA will have undergone a 3600 renovation.

Project 2020 will provide much more space in the concourses behind the stands on the 1st and 2nd tier. Additional lifts, toilets, catering points and escalators are also provided. This will mean a major improvement in quality and service for the visitors of the stadium. The number of seats in the stadium remains the same. The appearance of the stadium will also change: the shape of the Amsterdam ArenA will go from concave to convex. UEFA assigned four matches of the 2020 European Championships to the Amsterdam ArenA and it is the ArenA's ambition to provide all sides with a new shell for that occasion.

Cooperation between Ballast Nedam and the Amsterdam ArenA
In the period 1993-1996, Ballast Nedam constructed the ArenA in cooperation with BAM. In addition, Ballast Nedam is Founder of the Amsterdam ArenA. A component of this is the founder agreement that was entered into with the Amsterdam ArenA. This agreement will be extended to 2026. In that context, both parties are looking at possible partnering in various international stadium projects.

Artist Impression Phase 1 upper tier concourse Artist Impression Phase 1 upper tier concourse