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Arnhem Stadium
Arnhem, Netherlands




Home Club: SBV Vitesse
Capacity: 29,000
Built: 1997

Matches:
11 June Turkey v Italy (13.30)
17 June Romania v Portugal (18.00)
21 June Slovenia v Norway (18.00)


Possibly the most modern, certainly the youngest, football stadium in Europe, the Gelredome in Arnhem is a marvel of modern technology.

Situated in the small city of Arnhem, in the east of The Netherlands, the stadium is the home of SBV Vitesse and, though originally intended to be built in 1991, was completed two years ago.

But the wait was undoubtedly worth it. The highlights of the futuristic venue are a retractable pitch and an 800-tonne roof that can opened and closed at a rate of 90cm a minute.

True to the stadium's standing as a multi-purpose arena, the pitch, built on a false floor a metre above the turf and moved by a system of hydraulics, can be removed or replaced in a matter of hours.

Vitesse are just one of the regular occupants of the stadium. Days after the club had christened the venue in March 1998, the pitch was whisked away and the Spice Girls graced the stage.