The Amsterdam Arena, which opened in 1996, is home to the Ajax football club and the Netherlands national team. As well as that the arena also plays host to concerts and music festivals including famous artists such as Bon Jovi, Eminem, Robbie Williams, Metallica and U2 to name a few.
I wouldn’t say this tour is just for the football fans. Everyone can enjoy a tour around this beautiful stadium. It is definitely worth a visit if you find yourself in Amsterdam.
The tour cost €14.50 if you buy online in advance or you can get the stadium tour and canal cruise combo for €29. As I went in October i just went with the standard tour ticket. They run several tours throughout the week so there is no need to prebook. I just turned up about 15 minutes beforehand and bought a ticket at the door. If you buy on the door the tickets will cost €16 though!
As the tour started our guide gathered us all together to explain that the tour would be in both Dutch and English, although by the end he realised for our group he could just speak English so the Dutch was dropped. After the introduction we were then taken to a room to watch a brief video to show the history of the Amsterdam Arena. The video was well made and really got me excited for the tour we were about to take.
During the tour we were able to walk in areas most fans don’t get to see when coming to see the teams play here. We saw the trophies and pictures hanging so proudly. We were taken to see the Ajax “Club Van 100″ which is where they proudly place a photo of all players who have played over 100 games for Ajax. We also got to see where the press would sit during games before being able to go to the seats to enjoy the view.
After that we were taken to the press room and given the opportunity to sit and take some pictures. It’s fun to pretend to be a coach or player while posing for pictures. There was also a chance to take an official Amsterdam Arena picture which later gets uploaded to their Facebook page so you can get a copy for free.
I must say I was really impressed with this tour. The only downside was that we didn’t get to go inside the locker room as there was a match that evening so this was closed off for our tour. If you are thinking of going make sure you check out the schedule beforehand!
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