Essential Architecture-  Amsterdam

Olympisch Stadion


Jan Wils


Amsterdam, Holland


The Olympisch Stadion was built as the main stadium for the 1928 Summer Olympics.


Early Modern




sports stadium
As completed, the stadium had a capacity of 34,000. However, after the construction of De Kuip in Rotterdam in 1937, the authorities in Amsterdam increased the size of the Olympisch Stadion to 64,000 to compete. After the Olympics, the stadium was used regularly for various sporting events, including athletics, speedway, field hockey and cycling (in 1954, the Tour de France started outside the stadium). However, it was football that remained the most popular. It was both the home ground of Blauw Wit FC and BVC Amsterdam (later merged into FC Amsterdam), while AFC Ajax used the stadium for games in which the crowd was expected to exceed the capacity of its own De Meer Stadion, or for midweek games which required the use of floodlights (which the De Meer was not initially built with). Ajax continued this arrangement until 1996 with the opening of the Amsterdam ArenA. After Ajax left the stadium, it was refurbished into the original construction (removing the second ring), and made suitable for track & field competitions.