Concerts banned at Feyenoord Stadium


No concerts at The Kuip anymore Image: Stadion Feijenoord, Валерий Дед, CC BY 3.0

Feyenoord Stadium in Rotterdam is set to receive millions of Euros in compensation after it was ordered to stop hosting concerts.

IQ Magazine said Feyenoord Stadium has hosted concerts from the likes of Madonna, Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones, U2 and Rammstein.

The 51,117-capacity Feyenoord Stadium, more commonly known by its nickname De Kuip, is a stadium in Rotterdam, Netherlands. It was completed in 1937. The name is derived from the Feijenoord district in Rotterdam, and from the club with the same name. The stadium’s original capacity was 64,000.

From 2026, the 51,177-capacity venue will no longer be permitted to host concerts due to the construction of new homes in the local area.

The local council says the sound insulation required for the properties is too expensive, so it is instead opting to compensate the stadium for the loss of concerts.

The last major concerts at De Kuip took place in 2019 with Rammstein and Marco Borsato, however, just six months ago the stadium director announced ambitions to revive the venue’s concert programme.

Stadium Director Lilian De Leeuw said, “Of course, it is a shame that we can no longer facilitate pop concerts. Many people have great memories of a concert in De Kuip but we have a social responsibility to be a good neighbour.

“With the one-off compensation, we now ensure future-proof, healthy business operations and we remain a solid home base for Feyenoord, also financially.”

De Leeuw says the stadium, which is home to Dutch football team Feyenoord Rotterdam, now hopes to host an increased number of national and international matches.

In 2022 Feyenoord Rotterdam shelved plans to build a new €385 million stadium on the Maas River, citing “enormous uncertainties in the financial commodity markets”. The stadium was set to house 63,000 fans.

Instead, they will remain in De Kuip where a record 10 European finals have taken place.

The new stadium was just one part of an ambitious urban redevelopment plan for Southern Rotterdam, which incorporates the building of at least 3,700 new houses. The Feyenoord City project as a whole was priced at over €1.5bn.

The new stadium would have been the biggest, and most expensive, in the Netherlands.

Last year, plans were unveiled to modernize De Kuip. The price tag of the development stands at circa €100m (£87.9m/$106.3m).

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