- Address: Colosseum 65, Enschede
- Country: Netherlands
- Capacity: 30,000
- Opened: 1998
- Main use: Football
- Tenants: Twente (football)
Extra stadium info – De Grolsch Veste
The construction of the stadium, which opened as the Arke Stadion, started in 1997. The football stadium is named after a Dutch brewery. In 2017, the women’s national football team of the Netherlands were crowned European champions at De Grolsch Veste after defeating Denmark 4-2 in front of 28,000 fans. It was expanded in 2008 and 2011. In 2011, the roof of the venue collapsed, killing two workers. A year after the accident, a monument was unveiled.
The national football team of the Netherlands at De Grolsch Veste
On 5 September 2009, the national football team of the Netherlands defeated Japan 3-0. It was the first match of the national football team of the Netherlands at the Grolsch Veste. In 2010, the national football team of the Netherlands became the fifth team in three FIFA World Cup finals. The Argentine Republic, Brazil, Germany and the Italian Republic played in three FIFA World Cup finals before 2010.
Football Club Twente
De Grolsch Veste opened with a football match between FC Twente and PSV, the third Dutch football club in a world championship final. A capacity crowd of 13,000 showed up for the game. The home side won the game and Chris De Witte scored the first goal of the match. De Witte left FC Twente in 2003 for FC Groningen. Football Club Twente have been tenants of the venue since 1998. The club was founded in 1965. They won the Dutch top-flight football league in 2010 for the first time in their history. FC Twente drew an average home attendance of 23,000 during that football league season. It became the fourth sports club from the Netherlands with 100,000 followers on its main social media page. Ajax, Feyenoord and PSV became the first ones.