The De Kuip football stadium has been home to Rotterdam s Feyenoord football club since 1937. Leen van Zandvliet, club chairman at the time, hatched the ambitious plan for a 65,000-seater stadium, a revolutionary idea for the Netherlands in those days. Rotterdam architects Brinkman and Van der Vlugt, who designed the Van Nelle Factory, drew up plans for a stadium with two stands, one on top of the other, to keep the crowd close to the pitch. Apart from the steel support structure, the building mostly consists of concrete and glass. With hindsight, this no-nonsense functional architecture was well suited to the deeds-rather-than-words mentality characteristic of Feyenoord. The stadium was thoroughly renovated in 1994 and now is a listed city monument.
Besides football matches, the De Kuip is also used for major events and concerts. In 1978, Bob Dylan became the first pop musician to perform here.
A tour of the Feyenoord ground includes visits to the most hallowed areas of the De Kuip, including the players tunnel and along the touchline. Guides tell stories about the history of the ground and football club. The tour winds up with a visit to the Feyenoord Museum.
A special private two-hour tour is available for groups of 15 and more. Guided tours are available in Dutch, English and German and other languages are available on request.
The De Kuip football stadium is in the south of Rotterdam and can be reached from Rotterdam Central Station in about 20 minutes by tram 23 and on match days also with tram 12. Travelling to a match by tram is for free. There is ample free parking available next to the stadium (on non-match days).