Club: RSC Anderlecht | Opening: 1918 | Capacity 21,500 (est. 5,000 standing)
History and description
In the early 20th century, Anderlecht’s popularity was growing rapidly and the club was therefore in need of a new and larger home. They found a site at the Astridpark in the Anderlecht borough and plans got quickly approved by the local council.
The Constant Vanden Stock Stadion opened in the summer of 1918, but was initially named in honour of the first president of the club, Emile Versé.
Stade Emile Versé back then consisted of a sole wooden stand, which got replaced by a concrete one when the club promoted to the first division in 1935.
Further concrete terraces were built in the 1950s, and in 1962 a new seating stand got built on top of one of the terraces. This resulted in a capacity of almost 40,000.
Stade Emile Versé recorded its highest attendance in 1980 when 38,349 supporters visited a match against Standard de Liège.
In 1983, the club embarked on a major redevelopment of the stadium. Works started with the reconstruction of the main stand, and in subsequent years continued will all other stands. Upon completion of the main stand, the stadium had been renamed in honour of club president Constant Vanden Stock.
The Constant Vanden Stock Stadion was not selected as a playing venue for the Euro 2000 tournament as capacity did not meet the 30,000 threshold. Local government funds that could have been used to expand the stadium were invested in the Stade Roi Baudouin instead. The club then decided to invest their own funds in improving the player material of the club.
For years Anderlecht has been looking into the options of either renovating the Constant Vanden Stock Stadion, or building a complete new stadium.The club is currently focusing on the first option, which would result in a capacity of approximately 30,000 seats. Due to bureaucratic delays, works are not expected to start before 2013.
In the summer of 2012, the stadium underwent a small refurbishment to keep it eligible to host Champions League matches. Works included the installation of new and more spacious seats, which in turn reduced capacity from just over 26,000 to its current total of 21,500.
(photos of the present Constant Vanden Stock Stadion below)
The Constant Vanden Stock Stadion is located in the west of Brussels, slightly more than 4 kilometres from the city centre.
From the Brussels ring road (RO) take exit 14 Anderlecht. Turn towards the city onto the Boulevard Sylvain Dupuis. After almost a kilometre turn right at the traffic lights, and after a few hundred metres left onto the Théo Verbeecklaan.
There is limited parking available round the stadium, and it may be wise to leave your car at Westland Shopping right after exiting the ring road.
If you arrive by public transport, take metro line 5 in the direction of Erasmus and get off at station Saint-Guidon, from where it is only a small walk to the stadium. Line 5 passes Brussel’s main railway station (Gare Centrale), which lies in the middle of the city centre.
Address: Avenue Théo Verbeecklaan 2, Bruxelles 1070 Brussel
Eat, drink, and sleep
The Constant Vanden Stock Stadion is located in a rather dense residential area and is bordered on two sides by the nice Astridpark (Parc Astrid). It is a reasonably lively area and there are a few pubs and restaurants around, though the options obviously pale in comparison with Brussels’ city centre.
There are no hotels in the immediate vicinity of the stadium, though Hotel New Prince de Liège is at about 20 minutes walking. This hotel is most of all suited for people arriving by car, as is Hotel Erasme, which is near the ring road at the end of metro line 5. Click here for an overview of the hotels near the Constant Vanden Stock Stadion.
Otherwise, the hotels near Brussels Midi railway station are not too far away from the stadium, even (just) at walking distance (or get tram 81). There are, of course, also plenty of options in Brussels’ city centre, which is a short metro ride away.
Tickets for Anderlecht games can be bought online, or at the ticket office at the stadium.
Anderlecht sells out regularly, and only limited tickets are available for most matches. The price for a seat is typically €22.00, but can vary depending on the opponent.
For more information call +32 (0) 2 529 40 67 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Relevant Internet links
RSCA.be – Official website of RSC Anderlecht.
Visitbrussels.be – Official website of the tourism bureau of Brussels.
STIB.be - Timetables, network maps and journey planner for Brussels public transport.