De Hel van Deurne
|The Bosuil Stadium in Antwerp (February 2011)|
|place||Oude Bosuilbaan 54A Deurne , Antwerp , Belgium
|opening||November 1, 1923|
|First game||1 November 1923
Belgium - England 2: 2
|Renovations||1937, 1956, 1991, 2001, 2013–2015, 2017|
It was opened on November 1, 1923 with the international soccer match between Belgium and England ; which ended in a 2-2 draw. The facility is the home ground of Royal Antwerp . In the vernacular, the stadium is also simply called Den Bosuil or De Hel van Deurne ( German Die Hölle von Deurne ).
The venue replaced the Broodstraat stadium ; in which the club played since 1908. The current stadium is the club's seventh venue since it was founded in 1880. After the Second World War , the stadium's capacity of around 5,000 was no longer sufficient. By 1956 the sports facility was expanded to include 60,000 seats. At the European Football Championship in 1972 , the stadium was the venue for the semi-finals between hosts Belgium and the German national football team . The guests won 2-1 in front of a record crowd of almost 60,000 spectators. From 2013 to 2015 renovation work was carried out on the main stand AVT Tribune .
After the opening of the new main grandstand in November 2017, the other three grandstands should also be demolished and rebuilt. After the renovation, which was originally supposed to be completed in 2019, the facility should hold 23,000 spectators.
After failing to do so by the start of the 2019/20 season, the Bosuil Stadium did not meet UEFA's requirements for Europa League matches , for which Royal Antwerp had qualified that season. Therefore, the club had to play its games in the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels. As a result, the council of mayors and aldermen of Antwerp issued the building permit for the new grandstand 4 in mid-October 2019. This will offer 3,800 standing places, which can be converted into seats at European Cup matches, as well as a further 3,855 seats and should be ready by the 2020/21 season be. The club's offices are also to be integrated into the grandstand.
The Bosuil Stadium has 15,402 seats in the 2019/20 season. Since there are still wooden benches on the old Tribune 2 , only 6,810 of the 7,760 seats are allowed for use.
- Tribune 1 (from 2017): 5,600 seats, 20 boxes and a restaurant with 700 seats
- Tribune 2 ( Maes Tribune, from 1923): 7,760 seats, but only allowed for 6,810 visitors
- Tribune 3 ( Vic Mees Tribune, from 2001): 2,992 seats
- Tribune 4 (De Business Seats, from 1991): 800 seats
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