|The opposite stand of the Cristal Arena (2013)|
Thyl Gheyselinck Stadium (1990–1999)
|place||Stadionplein 4 3600 Genk , Belgium
|Coordinates||51 ° 0 '18 " N , 5 ° 31' 59.8" E|
|Capacity (internat.)||21,500 seats|
|playing area||105 × 68 m|
The Luminus Arena is a football stadium in the Belgian city of Genk in Limburg , the easternmost province of the Flanders region . The football club KRC Genk competes here for its home games.
Opened in 1999, the stadium now has 23,718 seats, 3,704 of which are standing and 2,929 are business seats. 21,500 spectators are admitted to international games. It replaced the André Dumont Stadium as the KRC venue.
The four grandstands are close to the field and are covered. The arena is 19 VIP - boxes equipped and 1,900 business seats. Furthermore, underfloor heating is installed. In 2002 the roofing of the stadium was completed and the standing areas on the south stand were equipped with folding seats so that the spectator rank can be used at international games.
In the 2003/04 season the KVV Heusden-Zolder played in the Belgian First Division and stayed there for a year. Since the other Mijnstadion venue only has around 9,000 seats, the club moved to the stadium in Genk. Since June 1, 2007, the sports facility has been named Cristal Arena after the Belgian Cristal Alken brewery . This advertising contract ran for nine years. From 1990 to 1999 the sports facility was called Thyl Gheyselinck Stadium , then until 2007 the Fenix Stadium . In 2007 the main grandstand was renovated and the boxes and business seats were equipped with the latest technology.
As KRC Genk announced on its website on June 7, 2016, the Cristal Arena will in future be called Luminus Arena . The sponsorship agreement with the Belgian energy provider EDF Luminus has a term until the year 2020. The arena is intended in the contract period, the first CO 2 - neutral to the stadium in Belgium. For this, the cooling and heating systems are to be modernized. In addition, a photovoltaic system with 400 solar modules is to be installed on the stadium roof.
The Belgian national football team played four games in the arena. (As of September 20, 2019)
- Belgium - Turkey 2: 3 ( Friendly Match ) 24 May 2006:
- Belgium - Slovenia 2: 0 (Friendly Match) Feb. 11, 2009:
- Belgium 2-4 Bosnia and Herzegovina ( qualifying for the 2010 World Cup ) 28 Mar 2009:
- Belgium - Luxembourg 5: 1 (Friendly Match) 26 May 2014:
- krcgenk.be: Stadium on the official website of KRC Genk (Dutch)
- europlan-online.de: Luminus Arena - Genk
- stadionwelt.de: Detailed picture gallery
- stadiumdb.com: Luminus Arena (Fenix Stadium) (English)
- stadiumguide.com: Luminus Arena (English)
- groundhopping.de: Visitor report from 2004
- euro.stades.ch: Page with many pictures from 2006 (French)
- youtube.com: Video from the stadium
- ^ Luminus Arena (Fenix Stadium). In: stadiumdb.com. Retrieved September 20, 2019 .
- ↑ International audience capacity. ( PDF ) In: uefa.com. UEFA , accessed September 20, 2019 .
- ↑ Stadium KRC Genk is the largest in the country: De Luminus Arena ( Memento from June 8, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) (Dutch)
- ↑ KRC Genk en Luminus maken seeds de Luminus Arena CO2-neutral for 2020. In: krcgenk.be. KRC Genk , accessed September 20, 2019 (Dutch).