Club: VVV Venlo | Opening: 1972 | Capacity: 8,000 (1,500 standing)
History and description
Stadion de Koel opened on 19 March 1972 with a match between VVV and Cambuur (1-1).
The stadium has hardly changed since its opening, though underwent a refurbishment in 2007 when VVV promoted to the Eredivisie.
De Koel lies in a den, which translates to Koel in the Dutch dialect that is locally spoken. The dressing rooms are located on top of the banks, which means that the players have to walk down an open-air flight of stairs to reach the pitch.
In 2005, the stadium got renamed Seacon Stadion – De Koel – as part of a sponsorship deal, which changed to Covebo Stadion – De Koel – in 2019.
De Koel is one of the older grounds in the Netherlands and lacks many modern facilities. VVV Venlo have therefore long south to move to a new stadium, either at a new site or in place of De Koel, but planning in the end fell through. The club therefore instead decided to undertake a refurbishment program of the current stadium which would modernise the stadium and increase capacity to 12,000 seats.
How to get to Stadion De Koel
Stadion de Koel is located on the southern edge of the city of Venlo. As Venlo is rather small this means that it is no further than 2 kilometres from the city centre and even less from the railway station. Driving further south it is only 1.5 kilometres to the German border.
The stadium lies on the Kaldenkerkerweg, which starts in the city centre and continues to Germany. The stadium is easily reached by car from one of the motorways passing the city by making your way to the city centre and taking the Kaldenkerkerweg south.
Bus 5 can also take you from the rail station to the stadium. A bus leaves every half-an-hour for the 5-minute journey. Take a bus in the direction of Veegtes and get off at Marianum College.
Address: Kaldenkerkerweg 182, 5915 AH Venlo
VVV Venlo Tickets
Tickets for VVV Venlo games can be bought online, or at the ticket office at the stadium.
VVV Venlo may require possession of a VVV Club Card to be able to buy tickets for a number of high-profile matches.
If tickets remain available, these may get sold on the gate on the day of the match. VVV do sell out the odd match though.
Ticket prices range from €18.50 for most uncovered lower-tier seats to €31.50 for a central seat at the covered long side.
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