Sparta Stadion Het Kasteel

Sparta Stadion Het Kasteel

. It has a capacity of 11,026.

The stadium is located in the neighbourhood of Spangen, where it was built in 1916 as "Stadion Spangen" based on a plan of the architects J.H. de Roos and W.F. Overeynder. Through the years, the stands of "Stadion Sparta" were often renovated and extended, but the most radical renovation took place in 1998 and 1999: the stadium was completely rebuilt according to a plan of the architects Zwarts & Jansma. At the same time, it was renamed "ENECO-stadion", after its main sponsor. That name was soon replaced by the present "Het Kasteel" ("The Castle"), which had already been the popular nickname for the stadium ever since it was built.

The name "Het Kasteel" (The Castle) is derived from the small building with two small towers in the stadium, which looks similar to a castle. This building is the only authentical remain of the original design. It was build in 1916. The building, which is currently located on the long side of the pitch, was originally positioned behind one of the goals. During the renovation, the pitch was turned 90 degrees. The "castle" was bought in November 2004 by businessman Hans van Heelsbergen, the manager of the textile company Hans Textiel and also the chairman of Sparta Rotterdam. Van Heelsbergen opened in this building a Sparta museum (and an outlet of Hans Textiel).

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