The CHIO Rotterdam Horse Show (Concours Hippique International Officiel (CHIO)) will soon have a venue that is among the most modern accommodation in the world, therefore underlining Rotterdam’s position as the centre of equestrian sports in the Netherlands - past, present and future. In addition to a magnificent arena, the accommodation will also include new stables, a grandstand, press facilities, medical facilities for equestrian sports and a judge tower, to ensure that the accommodation is in line with the increasingly stringent requirements of the FEI. In 2011, the European Dressage Championships will be held in Rotterdam and the city will also use the new accommodation as a key part of its bid to bring the European Show Jumping Championships in 2013 to Rotterdam as well.
De Kuip is a multifunctional complex with 50,000 seats, most of which are covered. De Kuip is the home stadium of football club Feyenoord, but hosts more than just football. The adjacent Maasgebouw allows for a combination of sports, culture and entertainment. Inside is a restaurant, De Kuip Eten en Drinken, which serves lunch, dinner and cocktails. The professional staff of De Kuip's Congress and Event Centre are happy to advise you on the possibilities to host events, pop concerts, theme parties, business meetings, staff parties and conferences at De Kuip. It is not without reason that the Feijenoord Stadium is the most popular stadium in the Netherlands: its excellent accessibility by car (5 minutes from the A16) and public transport (tram 23) and free parking make it an ideal choice for any occasion.
Hockey Club Rotterdam (HCR) was founded on 16 September 1925. In addition to being the largest field hockey club in the Netherlands with its own stadium for over 10,000 spectators, it is also the most successful club in Rotterdam. Situated at the Hazelaarweg in Rotterdam-Schiebroek since its relocation in 2001, HCR boasts three water-based as well as four sand-filled full-size hockey fields. The club has been the stage for a number of world level events, such as the FIH Champions Trophy events (2001 and 2008) and the Men's Junior (under 22) World Cup in 2005. It also hosted the Euro Hockey League finals.
Sparta owes its extraordinary position in the Netherlands to its characteristic home, Het Kasteel. Built in 1916, the building has often been renovated over the years. The last, most radical renovation took place in 1999, realising 2,000 m2 of office space and 2,500 m2 of commercial property within the complex. The stadium gives an economic and social impulse to the Spangen quarter and plays an important role in activities organised by the submunicipality of Delfshaven, as it does not only host a football match once every fortnight, but is a hive of activity every day.
The Neptunus Family Stadium was brought into use in April 1999. Europe's most modern baseball stadium has fixed seating for over 2,500 spectators and 26 covered relations units on the top tier for sponsors, adding up to a total seating capacity of 2,760.
In addition to 12 locker rooms for sports club Neptunus, the stadium boasts various massage rooms and referee quarters and has a clubhouse located on the ground floor. On the first floor, there is a business lounge where the Gouden Drietand Business Club of DOOR Neptunus is stationed. The complex also includes a fully equipped fitness centre and has overhead lighting for evening matches. All this makes the Neptunus Family Stadium a prime location for baseball matches and competitions, such as the world-famous ENECO World Port Baseball Tournament which is organised here every two years.
As main location for the Baseball World Cup in September 2005, the entire complex received an upgrading. First of all, the outfield fences were moved back to comply with international dimensions (98 metres x 120 meters x 98 metres). To protect the players, the field was lined with blue padding. A batters-eye was placed in the mid-outfield and original yellow foul poles were put up at both ends.
Both in and around the outfield, various light fixtures were fitted in the light poles to meet light power requirements.
In June 2006, a long-cherished wish came true when an original, second baseball field was developed where the softball field had been. The former football training field was turned into a softball field.
In September 2005, the main football field was covered with artificial grass made in accordance with the latest norms.
Victoria offers excellent facilities for playing hockey, tennis and squash.
There are tennis and squash courts available for rent to non-members. Part of the complex is rented out by the sports club. A sports hall for playing football, badminton (four courts), volleyball (three courts), indoor cricket and for training is also available for rent, as well as the outdoor fields (two grass football fields, one water-based artificial grass hockey field and one artificial grass field).
The accommodation has two VIP rooms available for rent to groups of 10 to 20 persons. If desired, catering services can be provided. The VIP rooms are ideal for combining business with sports activities and dinner.
Topsportcentrum Rotterdam offers (top-level) sports and sports clubs an ideal basis for all indoor sports, from training sessions and competitions to events. The centre includes facilities such as a top-level sports hall with a capacity of 2,500 spectators, a recreational sports hall, a food court and a business lounge. The first division teams of the Rotterdam Challengers, Zadkine Rotterdam. Nesselande, TPP Rotterdam and Challenge Sports/Binnenland all play their home matches here. The complex also accommodates Rotterdam Topsport, the Olympic Network Rotterdam, the Sportmedisch Centrum and a physiotherapy practice. Topsportcentrum Rotterdam can therefore justly be called The Home of Sports in the City of Sports!
Topsportcentrum Rotterdam is currently undergoing extensive expansion and improvement. A new top-level sports hall with an additional 1,000 seats is underway, as well as another recreational sports hall and more cafetaria facilities. On completion, the complex will also have various meeting rooms available for use. The new Topsportcentrum will open its doors mid-October 2010. To find out more about the renovation of Topsportcentrum Rotterdam, follow this link:
The complex at the Hazelaarweg is first and foremost set up to serve the sporting needs of members. As V.O.C. is both a football and cricket club, our complex is open all year round. Roughly, you could say that the club is used for playing cricket from May to August and for football from September to April. Having said that, overlapping activities will always occur given the fact that the national football association and cricket association do not coordinate their programmes.
The V.O.C. sports hall has been in use since 1 September 2003. With 389 m2 of surface area (32.40 metres long x 12 metres wide), it is suitable for many purposes. In the first place, the hall is fit for use for indoor cricket practice sessions. Many cricket clubs, including the Dutch national team and selected youth team, have found their way to the hall. In addition, as icing on the cake, the V.O.C. was pleased to act as host for the Australian and Indian teams in the summer of 2004. It can proudly say that all users of the hall, including national and international top athletes, have been more than happy with the facilities and level of service. When set up for playing cricket, the hall has three nets and an excellent batting pitch. With a total length of 32.40 metres, there is ample room for the bowler's approach. There is also a BOLA bowling machine available for use.
Woudestein is the home base of Jupiler League football club Excelsior. Following extensive renovations in 2000, the new stadium opened its doors in its current form in 2000. The stadium has a capacity of 3,531 spectators and offers excellent facilities for practice and competition.
The Willem Alexander Baan is located at the water storage Eendragtspolder as part of the recreation area Rottemeren. The rowing course is, in cooperation with the FISA, such designed to fulfil the highest requirements of international rowing events. The course includes all facilities for Olympic Games. Because of its location, the rowing course and its facilities is besides the primary function of rowing also suitable for many other sports like canoeing, cycling, running, triathlon, inline skating etc.
The Willem Alexander Baan has four priorities:
• Training centre for (top) rowers,
• Location for rowing competitions at all levels,
• Centre for other recreational sports besides rowing,
• Innovation centre to improve the race conditions and training opportunities
Water storage, recreation and (top) sport, a unique combination that is established in the Eendragtspolder. An area development in which the Willem-Alexander Baan is given a prominent place. The redesign of the Eendragtspolder is a collaboration project of the province of South Holland, Water Board Schieland and Krimpenerwaard, Recreation area Rottemeren, the municipality of Zuidplas and the municipality of Rotterdam. The rowing course is funded by the municipality of Rotterdam.
With thousands of visitors per event, over a million visitors each year and a line-up of national and international stars, Ahoy is a well-known venue for concerts and events. But that's not all Ahoy has to offer. Take, for instance, the trade fair and events centre with a surface area of a whopping 30,000 m2. Or the versatile congress and meeting centre: an ideal location for meetings, conferences, congresses and presentations. And what about the Ahoy Plaza where you, your friends, acquaintances or business associates can enjoy a bite to eat or a drink in one of the many restaurants and cafés? Our multifunctional trade fair and event halls make Ahoy truly unique.
But there is more to Ahoy than just space and facilities. The expertise of our professionals is equally important. After all, organising is our core business. Ahoy has the capacity to accommodate virtually any size event. Are you looking for a venue for a conference-slash-dinner party? Or a concert combined with a meeting? A sports event and a presentation? Leave it to us. In fact, the more complex the job, the bigger the challenge.
The possibilities are as varied as the events you can organise in Ahoy, whether it is business, pleasure or a combination of the two. From state-of-the-art trade fairs to electrifying pop concerts. From educational conferences to dazzling sports events. In everything we do, we keep in mind that visitors and organisers are looking to provide meaningful experiences. My Ahoy. Experience it.