Club: KAA Gent | Opening: 1920 | Capacity: 12,919 seats
History and description
Jules Ottenstadion officially opened on the 22nd of August 1920.
For most of its existence,the stadium consisted of one small covered main stand with some seats and wooden benches, a covered terrace on the other side, and open terraces completing the stadium.
In 1986, a new main stand was built, and six years later, in 1992, a new stand opened on the other side. In 2002, the open terraces behind the goals were replaced by small covered pre-fabricated stands.
Jules Ottenstadion remained a limited ground though, and soon after Gent started making plans for the construction of a new stadium, dubbed Artveldestadion.
The project was hampered by multiple delays, but building works finally started in 2011. New problems further postponed completion however, and the stadium is now scheduled to open before the start of the 2013-14 season.
Jules Ottenstadion is located in the Gentbrugge suburb south-east of the city of Ghent. Ghent’s historic centre is about 3.5 kilometres away.
Railway station Gentbrugge is an approximate 10-minute walk from the stadium. Direct trains run about twice an hour from Gent-Sint-Pieters and Gent-Dampoort station, hourly from Antwerp, and less frequent from Brussels (or change at Sint-Pieters).
If coming from Ghent’s historic centre, it is more convenient to take a tram. Line 21, 22, and 24 all pass the stadium at close distance.
Take tram 24 from, from example, the central Korenmarkt in the direction of Melle Leeuw and get off at stop Schooldreef.
Tram 21 and 22 can be taken from Kouter square or the Vogelmarkt. Take tram 21 in the direction of Melle Leeuw or 22 toward Gentbrugge DC. Get off tram 21 at Schooldreef, or off tram 22 at Pirennelaan.
All trams can also be taken from Gent-Sint-Pieter railway station, but go in quite a roundabout way. The tram journey from the railway station takes about 45 minutes, whereas it is only a few minutes by train. The tram journey from the historic centre takes about 20 minutes.
Jules Ottenstadion is located close to the E17 motorway, which runs from Antwerp to Lille in France. Leave the E17 at exit 10 Gentbrugge and turn right (south) onto the Brusselsesteenweg. The stadium lies shortly ahead on the left side of the road hemmed in by housing, and therefore any parking in the area will do.
Address: Bruiloftstraat 42, 9050 Gentbrugge
Tickets for KAA Gent matches can be bought at the club office at the stadium. Tickets are generally also available at the ticket windows of the stadium on the day of the match, though Gent does regularly sell out a high-profile match.
Ticket prices typically range from €20.00 for a seat behind the goal to €35.00 for a lower-tier seat at the main stand. Prices are increased for four high-profile matches to up to €40.00.
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