Tradition with a new look: De Kuip – in English, “The Tub” – is not just any old football arena. Since 1937, it has been the home of Feyenoord Rotterdam and the venue for ten European Cup finals. Understandably, there was considerable protest at first when at the beginning of the 1990s plans were announced to demolish it due to problems with concrete and steel erosion. In 1994, BAM transformed what was previously a modest, tub-shaped ground into a shining star among the younger generation of stadiums.
De Kuip’s innovative architectural concept is dominated by the shimmering silver roof: this giant but elegant elliptical steel structure appears to hover above the tiers. The rebuilt Rotterdam stadium also offers unprecedented comfort, of course. There are 40 boxes in the first tier of the main stand, with 1,200 heated business seats on the next level up. De Kuip now has space for more than 51,000 people – just as well because Feyenoord has more fans than any other Dutch club apart from its arch-rival, Ajax Amsterdam.