Abe Lenstra Stadion
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 27th, 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 2th 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

Because sc Heerenveen kept growing and the results were getting better every year, the club planned the first expansion of the stadium in 2002. The capacity of the stadium was almost doubled to 26,100 seats. Throughout the years empty spots in the stadium were filled with seats. Together with some other changes in the stadium the number of seats increased to the current 26.800. In 2011 there will be another expansion of the stadium, taking the capacity to 32,000. The construction should be ready for the start of the 2012/2013 Eredivisie season. The reason for the expansion is the ever growing waiting list for the club's season tickets. Along with that, more people in the stadium means more income which leads to a bigger budget for the club to work with.

The Netherlands and Belgium World Cup bid
As part of the combined Netherlands and Belgium bid to host the 2018 or 2022 FIFA World Cup, the stadium is one of five stadiums in the Netherlands selected by the KNVB to host games. This would mean that the stadium capacity needs to be expended to the minimum required seating of 44,000 . In the beginning of December 2010 Fifa announced that the 2018 worldcup would be awarded to Russia. Just before the announcement of the worldcup the club announced that the next expansion would be postponed. The other four selected host cities in the Netherlands are Amsterdam ( Amsterdam Arena and Olympisch Stadion), Rotterdam ( Feijenoord Stadion De Kuip and De Nieuwe Kuip), Eindhoven ( Philips Stadion) and Enschede ( De Grolsch Veste).


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