NAC Stadion

NAC Stadion

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NAC Stadion was a multi-use stadium in Breda, Netherlands. It was used mostly for football matches and hosted the home matches of NAC Breda. The stadium was able to hold 20,000 people and opened in 1940. The stadium's capacity was gradually reduced to 10,850 in the nineties, due to security reasons. The stadium was closed in 1996 when the Rat Verlegh Stadion opened.

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In 1939 the city council of Breda enquired whether NAC Breda was interested to move back to Breda, after playing for almost 10 years in the neighboring village Princenhage due to a conflict with the city council . The city of Breda zoned a large area southwest of Breda as a leisure area, in which a park, a swimming pool and a football stadium should be built. NAC agreed to move back to Breda and in 1939 the construction of the new area started. The stadium would have one main pitch with a wooden main stand of 800 seats, standing stands surrounding the whole pitch, two training grounds and the stadium would be built at the Beatrixstraat, named after Princess Beatrix. The construction finished in September 1940 and the stadium was inaugurated on 6 October 1940, with the match NAC Breda - FC Eindhoven (0-0). Due to the German invasion and the Dutch capitulation in May 1940, the Germans renamed the Beatrixstraat to Speelveldstraat. When Polish troops liberated Breda in 1944,...
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