Philips Stadion (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈfilɪps ˌstaːdijɔn])
is a football stadium in Eindhoven, Netherlands, and it is the home of
Philips Sport Vereniging), also known as PSV Eindhoven. With a
capacity of 35,000, it is the third-largest football stadium in the
country. Established as the
Philips Sportpark, it was constructed as a
sports field for
Philips employees in 1910. The
Philips Elftal played
football matches from 1911 until 1913, when the team was succeeded by
PSV. Since 1913, PSV has used the original ground as its home stadium.
The stadium has gone through several extensions in its history: after
a wooden stand in 1916, seating and standing places slowly enclosed
the field throughout the first decades. Two extensive renovations in
the 1970s and 1990s first created a covered stadium, and then a
two-tiered ground with extensive commercial spaces. The completion of
the four corners in 2002 eventually led to its current capacity.
Philips Stadion currently holds a four-star rating by UEFA. It has
hosted a range of
Netherlands national team fixtures since 1971. In
2013, PSV's reserve team, Jong PSV, also played their league matches
at the stadium. They now play their games at the training complex De
Herdgang. Furthermore, the
Philips stadion was the location for three
UEFA Euro 2000 group stage matches, as well as the 2006
Final. Aside from football-related purposes, the ground is
incidentally used for music concerts.
1.1 First decades
1.2 Upgrade to two-tiered stadium
2 Other uses
4 Euro 2000 matches
6 External links
Coen Dillen scores for PSV. On the background, the situation of the
stands in 1959 can be seen.
In 1910, the
Philips company erected new houses to serve the growing
need for employee housing. The area, fittingly named Philipsdorp
Philips Village"), was built on walking distance from the Philips
factories and located (at that point) in the outskirts of Eindhoven.
Urban planner Gerrit Jan de Jongh envisaged a village green in the
center, creating a space for leisure and sports. In this green, a
football field, a korfball field and a bandstand were planned. The
area was named the
Philips Sportpark. Meanwhile,
a football team for its young employees, named
Philips Elftal. Their
first match marks the first recorded use of the
Philips Sportpark: on
15 January 1911, the
Philips Elftal won their debut match against
Hollandia from Woensel. The
Philips Elftal continued to play at the
field for two seasons; in 1913 the team was succeeded by PSV, who also
Philips Sportpark as their home ground. PSV’s first
official home game was the
Eindhoven derby against EVV on 10 October
In its first years, the field did not include any seating space for
spectators. This changed in 1916, when the first wooden stand was
built, providing room for 550 viewers. The stand was funded by
Philips, which was celebrating its 25th anniversary that year.
Later, the stand was replaced by a new main stand in 1933, providing
seating space for 900 spectators. Five years later, during PSV’s
twenty-fifth anniversary, a scoreboard was installed in the stadium.
The board was a gift by the official PSV fan union. In 1941, PSV
decided to build stands across the entire ground. The decision was
made to create an oval shape with a running track between field and
stands, enabling the possibility for athletic, cycling and ice skating
matches. After completion, the capacity rose to 18,000. During World
War II, the ground was claimed by German occupants and used for
military purposes. The final days of
World War II
World War II witnessed great
destruction in the city of
Eindhoven and also to the stadium itself.
Repairs were duly made.
René van de Kerkhof
René van de Kerkhof scores for PSV in 1979. The height difference
between the main stand and the remaining stands is clearly visible.
In 1953, the main stand was refurbished and extended, creating space
for a press room and meeting spaces. Also, a memorial was revealed,
commemorating the war victims. In 1958, the running track was
removed, making space for a bigger field. New stands are built as
well, increasing the capacity to 22,000. Four 40-meter high
floodlights were installed by
Philips in the stadium in the same year,
making evening matches possible. The lights were inaugurated on April
9 with an exhibition match against RSC Anderlecht. A complete
renovation of the stadium started in 1969. After its completion in
1977, the stadium was completely enclosed and every seat was covered.
The main (south) stand peaked above the other stands. The capacity
rose to 26,500, of which 12,000 were for standing spectators. The
renovated ground was celebrated with a match against Leeds
United. Earlier, the ground was used by the Netherlands
national football team for the first time. On November 17, 1971, the
Netherlands played a qualifying match for the 1972
Championship against Luxembourg (8–0).
Upgrade to two-tiered stadium
In April 1987, cracks in the south stand were discovered. The damage
was caused by an alkali–silica reaction. PSV chairman Jacques Ruts
decided to rebuild the stand, and simultaneously provide more space
for business relations and sponsors. Up until then, the stadium only
offered regular spectator seats. Ruts got inspired by the way American
stadiums had built luxury boxes and used them for business
opportunities. After the renovation (which costed 40 million
guilders), the new south stand was two-tiered, with 830 VIP-seats
behind glass in the middle. Also, new offices, a press room, a youth
hall and a restaurant were created. The opening of the stand was
celebrated with an exhibition match against Milan on 17 August
1988. Two years later, the ground changed its name from
Philips Sportpark to
The north-east corner of the stadium, which was completed in 2000.
In the nineties, the other stands were also raised to the level of the
south stand. The west and east stand were expanded in 1993, and the
north stand in 1996. After completion, the seating capacity
reached 30,000. Until then, the fanatic part of the PSV support
would be located on the so-called L-side on standing terraces. After
the renovations in the nineties, the standing terraces disappeared and
the fanatic fans moved to the east stand. The renovations in the
1990s were in time for
UEFA Euro 2000, held in the
Philips Stadion hosted three group matches: Portugal beat
England, 3–2; Sweden and Turkey ended in a goalless draw; and Italy
beat Sweden, 2–1. The last major renovation was the closing
of the four open corners of the stadium. The two corners on the north
side were built in 2000; the corners on the south side were finalized
in 2001. Along with creating more seats, the new corners had
window blind-type constructions, which allowed air to flow through in
order to let the grass breath. These frames can be closed during
events, to protect spectators from weather conditions. The
four corners were designed by Toon van Aken.
The view of the pitch from the press box.
In March 2001, PSV faced
1. FC Kaiserslautern
1. FC Kaiserslautern in an
UEFA Cup fixture.
During the match, fans were provoked by Kaiserslautern players,
resulting in spectators attempting to break through a fence separating
the stands and the field. After the gate was cracked, PSV coach Eric
Gerets and several players had to personally stop the fans from
entering the field. After this incident, problems with fan
violence faded and in the summer of 2005, the PSV board decided to
remove the tall fences around the pitch. They were replaced with 35
inches (90 cm) high railings keeping the spectators off the
grass. Unauthorized persons who do invade the pitch will receive a
€15,000 penalty and a ten-year ban from visiting the Philips
Stadion. The 2006
UEFA Cup Final was held in the
Sevilla defeated Middlesbrough 4–0. For the final, the
stadium was temporarily named ‘PSV Stadion’, because
UEFA did not
Philips name to be used.
Press room at the
Philips Stadion prior to a press conference.
Plans to further expand the ground to 45,000 seats have been examined,
but turned down after the
Netherlands lost the 2018 FIFA World Cup
bid. In 2011, the ground under the stadium (and the training
facilities) were sold for €48.4 million to the Eindhoven
municipality in a leasehold estate construction. In recent years,
the stadium has gone through several minor modernization programs: the
fourth floor was renovated in 2008, LED-powered advertisement boarding
was installed by
Philips in 2009. In 2012, a modernization
plan for the ground was presented. The plan included new entrances,
sponsor lodges and parts of the stands. The second floor of the
stadium was renovated in 2013. After PSV's reserve team Jong PSV
was admitted to the Eerste Divisie, they relocated their home matches
Philips Stadion is incidentally used for music concerts. During
these events, the stadium offers space for around 30,000 visitors. In
1992, a version of Carl Orff's
Carmina Burana was played at the
stadium. Two years later,
Eros Ramazzotti gave a concert at the
Philips Stadion. In the aftermath, the grass suffered
heavily after being trampled by concert goers. It prompted the PSV
board's reluctance to hold more events at the ground. It was not
until 2006 that the stadium would host a concert: Dutch artist Guus
Meeuwis played three concerts in front of a sold-out crowd. Since
2006, Meeuwis has played at the stadium every year. His shows were
sometimes combined with live coverage of a
Netherlands football team
match in case of a planned fixture. In 2007, Dutch band BLØF
also played at the ground.
The stadium can be reached by a 20-minute walk from the
railway station, and a 10-minute walk from the
railway station. Bus lines 13, 16, 18, 401 and 402, departing from
Eindhoven railway station, call at the 'Philips-stadion' bus stop,
just outside the stadium. Bus 401 is a service between the railway
Eindhoven Airport, making the
Philips Stadion directly
connected with the airport. In the event of major football matches
or other events, the stadium has its own railway platform, the
Eindhoven Stadion railway station. The platform is only reachable
through a pedestrian bridge that connects directly to the stadium. The
station is mainly meant for travelling away fans: the bridge leads to
the away-section in the stands. The station is only serviceable by
trains travelling from the direction of the
Eindhoven Strijp-S railway
station to the
Eindhoven railway station.
Euro 2000 matches
12 June 2000
15 June 2000
19 June 2000
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