Seacon Stadion De Koel (map it)
Venlo, The Netherlands 5915 AH
Year Opened: 1972
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Official Review by Gary Foxall, Stadium Journey Special Correspondent
VVV-Venlo has been a member of the Eredivisie, the Netherlands’ top tier of soccer since the 2009 season. The “VVV” stands for Venlose Voetbal Vereniging, which essentially translates to Venlo Football Association.
Their home is the Seacon Stadion De Koel named after the club’s sponsor. The stadium was built in 1972 and has a capacity of 8,000 of which 1,500 are standing places. An upgrade took place following the clubs promotion in 2007, but its current capacity makes it one of the smallest in Holland’s top flight. The stadium is made up of four separate stands that are close to the pitch, enhancing the stadium’s atmosphere particularly when full. With the exception of half a dozen of the bigger clubs, the Seacon Stadium is about the norm for the top two flights of Dutch football.
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Food outlets within the stadium offer the normal range of Dutch sausages in bread rolls and frites with their various sauces. Hot and cold drinks including beer are also available and are reasonably priced. Unlike some continental stadiums cash can be used to make purchases.
Despite being a small stadium, the atmosphere inside is electric and both the club and its supporters do their best to keep it that way. Cardboard posters of players that can also be used as a musical instrument to generate noise are provided on all seats. One would imagine that this is a venue that top sides fear visiting and in the game I attended the home support was vocal enough to rally Venlo to a home win with two goals in the last five minutes.
The small city of Venlo lies in the southeast of the Netherlands close to the border with Germany. Nestling in green countryside the River Meuse runs through the city's centre which offers many shops in its small and compact centre.
There are numerous restaurants and cafes in the centre and the city is worth spending a couple of hours in before going to the game. As Venlo play mostly on Saturday evenings there is plenty of opportunity to take in an afternoon game in Dusseldorf, Cologne or a number of other nearby German cities that also offer a wide range of tourist attractions.
VVV Venlo may be one of Holland's smaller clubs but they possess a loyal hard core support and are extremely vocal. They light up their tiny stadium and make it one that the bigger clubs in Eredivisie dread to visit. The majority of supporters all own a replica shirt and the locals are very hospitable.
Stadion de Koel is located on the southern edge of the city of Venlo. As Venlo is rather small this means that it is no further than 2 kilometres from the city centre and even less from the main railway station. Driving further south it's only 1.5 kilometres to the German border.
The stadium lies on the Kaldenkerkerweg, which starts in the city centre and continues to Germany. The stadium is easily reached by car from one of the motorways passing the city by making your way to the city centre and taking the Kaldenkerkerweg south. Bus line 5 takes you from the train station to the stadium. A bus leaves every half hour for the 5-minute journey. Take a bus in the direction of Veegtes and get off at Marianum College.
Admission prices for games range from 20 to 32 Euro and can be purchased online via the club website. Tickets can be bought on the day for some games but those against the big teams sell out quickly. Be aware that you will need to also buy a membership card for 7 Euro so that you are registered with the club. Having e- mailed the club in advance they were very helpful and encourage foreign visitors. Overall a game in Venlo is good value for money and highly recommended.
There is a small club shop outside the stadium adjacent to the club office's selling replica shirts and a number of other club souvenirs. There is a match day programme produced for most games priced at 1 Euro.
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