Abe Lenstra Stadion

Abe Lenstra Stadion

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Abe Lenstra Stadion is a football stadium in Heerenveen, Netherlands. It is currently used mostly for the home matches of Eredivisie club Heerenveen.The current capacity is 26,000.

The name Abe Lenstra Stadion

The stadium is named after Abe Lenstra, the greatest Heerenveen player in the history of the club. Abe was born on November 27, 1920 in Heerenveen. He joined the club at the age of 15 years. After almost 17 years at Heerenveen, he joined SC Enschede in 1954. He left this club in 1960 to joins SC Enschede's archrival Enschedese Boys. In 1963 he stopped playing football at the age of 42. In totall he scored 700 goals in about 730 matches. Abe died on the 2nd of September 1985, he was 64 years old, at the eve of what was to become the only international match to be played in the community sportspark that was to become the (old) Abe Lenstrastadium.

Construction of the stadium

The construction of the stadium started in 1993. The plan was to build a stadium with open corners, but when the construction was well underway the club decided to close the gaps. At the time the building was finished, it had an maximum capacity of 14,500.

On the 20th of August, 1994 the stadium was officially opened by prince Willem-Alexander of the royal Dutch family. He made the symbolic first kick-off in this stadium. After the opening the first match started between sc Heerenveen and PSV Eindhoven. At the time Ronaldo played at PSV, this match was his first one in Europe

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