Club: SVB Excelsior | Opening: 1902 | Capacity: 3,531 seats
History and description
Stadion Woudestein has been the home of Excelsior since their foundation in 1902, though in the first part of the 20th century with several interruptions.
Woudestein became the permanent home of Excelsior in 1939, after it had undergone an extensive renovation. In the following 5 years though, the club was unable to use the ground as anti-aircraft guns were stationed there during the war.
The stadium underwent renovations in 1958 and 1973, though all this time remained modest with a maximum capacity of about 11,000 places.
By the 1990s, it had become severely outdated, and the club investigated sharing a ground with Sparta Rotterdam. These plans fell through though, and instead was decided to renovate Woudestein.
Two new stands were built, including a new main stand with business seats. Stadion Woudestein officially reopened on the 31st of July 2000 with a friendly match against Feyenoord .
One of the stands has recently been named after Robin van Persie, who played in the club’s youth academy.
Stadion Woudestein is located toward the east of Rotterdam, on the north bank of the Meuse river at about 3 kilometres from Rotterdam city centre and 4 kilometres from the main railway station.
The stadium lies right next to the Erasmus University campus in a mainly residential area.
From Rotterdam’s main railway station the stadium can be reached with tram 21. Take the tram in the direction of De Esch, and get off at stop Woudestein. The tram can also be taken at the Coolsingel and Blaak in the city centre. Trams leave every 10 to 20 minutes for the 15-minute ride.
The stadium lies relatively close to the A16 motorway, which connects Rotterdam’s north and south bank in the east of the city. Take exit 25 Centrum/Capelle ad IJssel, follow the signs for Rotterdam Centrum, and next the signs for Woudestein and football traffic.
Address: Honingerdijk 110, 3062 NX Rotterdam
Tickets for Excelsior matches can be bought online, or at the ticket office at the stadium.
For a few matches Excelsior requires possession of a Club Card to be able to buy tickets.
If tickets remain available, these can also be bought on the gate on the day of the match. Excelsior rarely sells out in the Eerste Divisie.
Tickets cost either €15.00 for a seat at the main stand or €11.00 for a seat behind the goal. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Relevant Internet links
Sbvexcelsior.nl – Official website of SBV Excelsior.
Rotterdam.info – Website of the Rotterdam tourist board.
RET.nl – Rotterdam public transport information.
9292ov.nl – Public transport journey planner.