De Grolsch Veste has been the home ground of FC Twente since it opened in 1998. The stadium replaced the old Diekman Stadion, Twente’s home since 1956 which lacked the facilities and potential to expand of a modern day football ground.
The first match in the new stadium was on the 10th May 1998 in which FC Twente defeated PSV Eindhoven 3-0 in an Eredivisie fixture. The ground was originally known as Arke Stadion until 2008 and had a capacity of 14,000 which the club frequently sold out. Capacity was increased to 24,000 in 2008, the same year in which the ground was renamed De Grolsch Veste in a sponsorship deal with the local beer brewery, Grolsch. Capacity was subsequently expanded further in 2011 to just over 30,000.
The stadium hosted its first international in September 2009 with a friendly between the Netherlands and Japan, in which the Dutch won 3-0 thanks to goals from Robin van Persie, Wesley Sneijder and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.
Tenants: FC Twente (Eredivise)
Tickets at De Grolsch Veste
FC Twente Tickets
FC Twente tickets can be purchased online through the official website here or at the ticket office at the stadium. Tickets usually start at €22.50, increasing for the big fixtures against Ajax, Feyenoord, PSV or European matches. Some matches require a club card, which is free to request.
Netherlands international match Tickets
Tickets for Dutch international matches are usually popular, with priority given first to Oranje ClubCard members (costing €17,50 per season) before being released on general sale.
Tickets usually start at around €25 and are available to purchase through the official KNVB website here.
De Grolsch Veste Stadium Tour & FC Twente Museum
A 90 minute stadium tour is available at De Grolsch Veste, which also includes entry to the FC Twente museum. Tours are available to book between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday and costs €8, with children up to 4 years old free.
To book the tour and for further information, visit the FC Twente website here (in Dutch).
Location & Travel to De Grolsch Veste
De Grolsch Veste is located in the Business & Science Park, approximately 5 kilometres to the west of Enschede city centre in the Twente region in the east of the Netherlands.
Air – Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is the main international airport of the Netherlands and the third busiest airport in Europe. The airport is the hub for KLM, as well as several low-cost carriers. Therefore Schiphol is extremely well connected with flights across much of Europe as well as many destinations across Asia, North America and South America. Schiphol Airport has a major railway station underneath the passenger terminal, with trains running frequently to Enschede in about 2 hours for onwards travel to the stadium.
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Bicycle – With cycling being so central with Dutch and Amsterdam culture, why not consider cycling to the stadium? Bicycle parking can be found at the Enschede Kennispark NS bus stop, a short walk away under the railway tunnel.
Bus – Bus line 1 runs to the stadium from the Enschede bus station in the city.
Driving & Parking – From the A1, connect on to the A35 before exiting at exit 26 Enschede-West and follow signs for the stadium. Parking on matchdays is available at P4 car park, costing €7.50. Alternatively parking is available on the grounds of the University of Twente, with free shuttle buses running from 2 hours before and after kick-off.
Train – Enschede Kennispark railway station lies next to the stadium, with local services running there from Hengelo and Enschede stations with a journey time of about 5 minutes. Enschede railway station in the city offers services across the Netherlands as well as into nearby Germany.
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Further Information & Events
Last Updated on December 6, 2022 by Sports Tourist