Arena - Ajax, Amsterdam
If you like modern architecture go to the area South of the A-10 highway.
If you like some architectural history, just go North of the A-10 to the Victorieplein. Here you find the Amsterdam's oldest skyscraper from 1932. It's just 12 stories high and designed by J.F. Staal.
In just over an hour you can discover how AJAX heroes are born. We entered the museum and saw a movie about the 3 most important trainers, the 3 stadiums AJAX used and the 3 most important players during their history. Right here are some nice interactive features to do. Test your accuracy of shooting a ball and learn some nice tricks the players use. After that hall we ended up in the changing room and had a 3D speech of the current AJAX trainer (and former player) of AJAX. We indeed did smell the vibe of a true changing room.
Another nice theme is how to feel the capacity crowd in the ArenA feels like. In an arena we saw some nice movies about the club most memorable moment. This is truly breathtaking an gave me Goose bumps. We witnessed that a journey through the AJAX Experience takes about one hour and after this visit you will know what playing for AJAX is like, how they train and how heroes are born. Sadly enough we ended up in an AJAX shop and they trigger you to buy some shirts or other artifacts of the club. I always hate how this is redirected into an impulsive buy.
Ajax definitely is a legendary football club where football heroes are born and raised. Without a doubt I can mention the name of Cruijff or Van Basten everywhere in the world and everybody knows these football players and the fact that they made fame at AJAX Amsterdam. Every year the youth training programme produces new successful talented youngsters who develop into world-class footballers. For example Sneijder, Van der Vaart and Seedorf are true products of the AJAX school. The question is asked often what the secret is of this successful football club? The main goal of this museum is to experience this for yourself.
Keep in mind that every hour eight groups of up to eighteen people can enter the Ajax Experience, so it might be busy sometimes. Maybe it is not such a good idea to visit the museum at an AJAX match day as the entrance tickets of the museum often come for free with an entrance ticket to the AJAX match of that day. We had to wait a little while before we were able to go in. Advantage was that we were able to make picture of us with the Dutch champion shield of the 2011-2012 season AJAX won.
How did we ever end up here? Yes, I am a true AJAX Amsterdam fan and like the football game a lot, but I never had the idea of going to the AJAX Experience. One of the reasons that I never went was the entrance fee of €17,50 per person and the fact that I once visited the (other) official AJAX museum. But at Saturday 21st of July 2012 I visited the football match AJAX versus Celtic (Scotland) and we also received free tickets for the AJAX Experience as well. A good reason to do go! LOL
Together with my brother we made it a day out in Amsterdam. First visiting the city for a bit, having lunch at a pizzeria at the Rembrandtplein and after that entering the AJAX Experience. We were told that it would be an interactive museum tour about the magnificent history of one of the most successful football teams on the world, AFC AJAX Amsterdam. Maybe because we are hardcore fans of AJAX we simply had to visit it one time! Here we go …
Visit the Amsterdam Arena - there is a train that takes you the whole way here. Match days are great but if not a match day then there tours of the ground. Nothing else much around the stadium.
Caution: There can be hooligans on match days - especially if they are playing a local team - however i went to a Champions League game so it wasn't so bad.
When you get a chance, go and see a football (soccer) game in the Amsterdam ArenA. It is the equivalent of going to the Yankee Stadium in NYC or the Dodger Stadium in LA, as football is the most popular sport in Europe.
The regular season is mid-August to late May. You won't be able to go to the big games (i.e. Ajax - PSV; Ajax - Utrecht; Ajax - Feyenoord or Ajax - AZ) since those are sold to members of the supporters club, but the other 'smaller' games are normally up for grabs.
Check the Ajax website www.ajax.nl for full list of fixtures.
Tickets starts at around $20 and you can buy them at the stadium before a match, or more conveniently from Tobacco/News shop or Music Shop that has a Ticketbox sticker (It's a blue "T" on a green circle). Check www.ticketbox.nl for a list of Ticketbox locations.
To get to the stadium you can either take the NS Train to station Amsterdam Duivendrecht or take the trams 53, 54 or 50 to Strandvliet/Arena
went to amsterdam arena and went on the tour of the stadium lots of steps to climb!!! well worth the effort. lots of info given about the stadium and the football. had our photo taken on the hallowed turf!!! went for a well earned drink in the cafe bar where memrobilia adorns the walls, then into the shop where i bought an ajax teddy!! a great day out.
For any football fans a half hour trip from Dam central will take you to the beautiful Amsterdam arena home of the world famous Ajax football club.for around 5 Euros you can take a tour of the stadium which includes a chanced to have your picture taken on the pitch,visit the press conference room and also the musuem and trophy room which has the four European cups the club have won.
Well worth the money.
...this visit was a great experience. There was a guided tour, where a very nice young lady showed us around. I had no idea that keeping the grass dry would be such a hussle. I would go again anytime, the place is fantastic.
Hey, try the Metro to reach the place, using a bike might be painful (but that's another tip) :D
This place is huge,you can see it from quite some distance.Its very easy to find and everyones very helpful there.In The Transferium ( Park and Ride) underneath the stadium theres a huge car park,when you park there take your ticket to the help desk and they`ll give you 2 free return metro tickets to the city centre.the nearest tram stop is Amsterdam Biljner,only 5 minutes walk away. Amsterdams only 15 minutes away by metro.
The boys and I have been to many stadia around UK but this is the first one we`ve visited abroad,its a fantastic place to go.we did the museum tour and had a good look around the stadium,behind the scenes,different views of the pitch from all over.The costs for us 3 was about 23 euros I think,the tour lasted about 1 1/2 hours.
This stadium opened its doors in August 1996 and counts almost 52.000 seats. AJAX is the resident team of this stadium. The surface area of the stadium is 35.000 m2 and the stadium is the first in Europe, which had a sliding roof. The roof can be opened or closed within 35 minutes. The roof is split in two large moving panels, each 40 x 118 mtr with a weight of 400 tons.
In the same complex you can find also official Ajax Fanshop / Ajax Museum.
In the very near there are total 7 parking lots (parking buildings) for 9.000 cars 170 busses, this is incl. the own parking lot under the ArenA (2.000 cars).
When one approaches the Amsterdam Arena it is hardto imagine that a century ago Ajax played soccer on a barren little The small Pitch . Ajax has always been closely associated with the places where it played its matches. The history of the four Ajax stadiums is the main thread running through the history of the club. In total Ajax moved six times and each move represented a new beginning, a new era, as each move brought new success and each new stadium was bigger and more impressive
This state-of-the-art stadium was opened in August 1996 and was the first stadium in the world with a retractable roof. Soccer club Ajax and American football team Amsterdam Admirals play their home games in this stadium. It is also the stage of many other events, mainly concerts. In July, the world's largest indoor rave Sensation will be held here.
A visit to the Amsterdam ArenA is a good idea. It's an excellent new stadium that Ajax play soccer and Amsterdam Admirals play American Football in. I think it's not too easy to get Ajax tickets but no problem for the Admirals. We saw a game against Frankfurt Galaxy, the atmosphere was brilliant and Kurt Warner was QB for the Admirals.