Club: AZ Alkmaar | Opening: 2006 | Capacity: 17,000 seats
History and description
AFAS Stadion was built to provide AZ Alkmaar with a modern replacement for their old Alkmaarderhout stadium. The stadium opened on the 4th of August 2006 with a friendly match between AZ and Arsenal (0-3).
Until 2009, AFAS Stadion was called DSB Stadion after the company of then-owner Dirk Scheringa. However, after the bankruptcy of DSB the name got changed into AZ Stadion and later named after the club’s new main sponsor.
Right after completion of the stadium, plans were made to expand the stadium with a second tier to a capacity of 30,000 or 40,000 seats. However, after the bankruptcy of DSB no funding could be acquired and plans had to be abandoned.
AFAS Stadion is located on the southern edge of the city of Alkmaar at just over 2 kilometres from Alkmaar’s city centre.
The stadium lies right next to the A9 motorway. Take exit Ring Alkmaar/Heilo/Den Helder, from where the stadium is signposted with a football symbol.
The walk from Alkmaar’s city centre can be made in about 30 minutes, though Alkmaar’s main rail station lies further away. From the station one can therefore take bus 163. Get the bus in the direction of Uitgeest and get off at stop Stadionweg. The ride takes slightly less than 15 minutes. On matchdays free shuttles go from the station to the stadium.
Address: Stadionweg 1, 1812 AZ Alkmaar
Eat, drink, and sleep
AFAS Stadion is located on the edge of the city bordered on one side by a quiet residential neighbourhood, on one other by a motorway, and on the other by farmlands. Apart from a Chinese restaurant, there is little around in terms of eating and drinking, which is better done in Alkmaar’s city centre.
If you wish to stay as close to AFAS Stadion as possible, then you have the Golden Tulip Hotel Alkmaar at your disposal. It is a typical roadside business hotel that lies right opposite the stadium. Hotel Palatijn is a good alternative toward Alkmaar’s centre at 10 minutes walking from the stadium.
Tickets for AZ Alkmaar games can be bought online, or at the Fan centre at the AFAS Stadion.
AZ sell out regularly and tickets will often only be available for limited sections of the stadium. AZ generally require possession of an AZ Club Card to be able to buy tickets.
Tickets cost either €25.00 for a seat at the ends or in the corners, or €40.00 for a seat at the main stand.
You can find a seating map here. For more information call +31 (0) 72 547 80 36.
AZ Alkmaar offer guided stadium tours that last approximately 60 minutes.
Tours do not run on fixed days and times but only if there is sufficient interest. One can make a booking online or by phone +31 (0) 72 547 8000.
The tour costs €7.00. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Relevant Internet links
AZ.nl – Official website of AZ Alkmaar.
Vvvalkmaar.nl – Website of the Alkmaar tourist office.
Uitbijaz.nl – AFAS Stadion event manager and stadium tours.
9292ov.nl – Public transport journey planner.