Key facts

Club: Beerschot AC | Opening: 1920 | Capacity: 12,771 seats

History and description

The Olympisch Stadion, nicknamed ‘t Kiel, was built for the 1920 Summer Olympics that were held in the city of Antwerp.

Construction started in July 1919, and the stadium officially opened less than one year later on the 23rd of May 1920.

Back then, the stadium counted with a capacity of 30,000, of which 20,000 standing places. It was bowl-shaped, and had, of course, an athletics track that circled the pitch.

Over the years, capacity got gradually reduced to about 25,000, and when Beerschot merged with Germinal Ekeren in 1999, parts of the stadium had already been demolished.

In 2000, Beerschot embarked on a redevelopment program that would result in a smaller stadium with four separate stands, no running tracks, and with little resemblance of the previous Olympic Stadium.

(photos of the present Olympisch Stadion below)

Getting there

The Olympisch Stadion is located in the south of the city of Antwerp, about 4.5 kilometres from the city centre and almost 5.5 kilometres from Antwerp’s main railway station.

By car, from Antwerp’s ring road, take exit 5a. Follow first for Hoboken and next for the A12/Boon. Keep right on the Jan de Voslei (don’t take the A12 down the tunnel), and after about half a kilometre turn right onto the Zamenhofstraat. At the end turn left onto the Boomsesteenweg, and then direct right onto the Olympiadelaan. Follow for about half a kilometre and turn right onto the Atletenstraat. The stadium lies in front of you.

Several tram lines connect the stadium with the city centre and main railway station.

From the main railway station, take tram 2 in the direction of Hoboken. Get off at stop Schijfwerper. The ride takes about 20 minutes. Alternatively one can take tram 24 from Teniers or Rooseveltplaats (direction Schoonselhof). Get off at stop Grens Kiel and walk 10 minutes.

From the city centre one can take tram 4 in the direction of Hoboken. Get on the tram at stop Groenplaats or Meirbrug, and off at Grens Kiel.

Address: Atletenstraat 80, 2020 Antwerpen-Kiel

Tickets

Tickets for Beerschot matches can be bought online, or at the Ticket Corner at the stadium.

The Ticket Corner generally opens from Wednesday to Friday in the afternoon hours, and on Saturday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

On matchdays the Ticket Corner opens from 6 hours before the start of the match, though the club advices against buying tickets less than two hours in advance due to possible long queuing.

Tickets cost either €15.00, €20.00, or €25.00. For five high-profile matches these prices are increased with €5.00.

For more information call +32 (0) 3 248 13 13 or email sbs@beerschot.be.

Photos

Relevant Internet links

Beerschot.be – Official website of Beerschot AC.
Antwerpen.be – Antwerp tourist information.
Delijn.be – Antwerp public transport information and journey planner.