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Grolsch Veste: How to get there and how to buy tickets (2022)

The Grolsch Veste replaced FC Twente's old Diekman Stadion, which had been built in 1965, but lacked modern facilities and could not meet the club's standards.

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Nicole Sommer - Soccer expert Last updated: Monday, 04.July 2022 — 3min read

History and description

FC Twente announced that they have replaced their old Diekman Stadion with the new Grolsch Veste. The Grolsch Veste has many updated facilities that make it much better suited to modern standards, and it was built in 2016. Construction of the Grolsch Veste, formerly known as Arke Stadion, began in January 1997. The Arke Stadion officially opened on the 10th of May 1998 with a league match between Twente and PSV Eindhoven (3-0).

The stadium initially could hold 14,000 spectators and from the beginning consistently sold out. Twente's plans for an expansion began as soon as they realized that the stadium could hold more people.

In 2007, construction began on a second tier to half of the stadium in the shape of an L-shape. The increased capacity allowed Grolsch Veste to seat 24,000 spectators. The project was completed one year later, and at the same time the club changed its name to Grolsch Veste.

The Grolsch Veste continued to sell out, and Twente therefore quickly decided to carry out the second stage of the plans and expand capacity to 30,000.

A few weeks before completion, the roof structure collapsed, leading to the death of two construction workers. Works were halted and the incident investigated. After a delay of a few months construction continued and was completed in October 2011.

The stadium's planners at Twente apparently had tentative plans in the works to extend the stands to field level and build a second tier over the entire venue, resulting in a seating capacity of 44,000. However, it seems that these plans have been put on hold for the time being.

How to get to the Grolsch Veste

The Grolsch Veste is located in the city of Enschede on the north-western edge. It is about 4.5 kilometers from the main railway station and city center. It is about the same distance from Hengelo, a smaller city located north-east of Enschede. At the traffic lights, turn left. After the bridge, turn left and the stadium will be on your left.

It can also be reached by car via the A2 motorway and exit 183. If using public transport, the Grolsch Veste is best reached by train from either of Hengelo's or Enschede's main railway stations. The stadium lies next to Enschede Drienerlo train station, which is a 5-minute journey from both the above stations. It can also be reached by car via the A2 motorway and exit 183.

Another option is bus line 1 which also connects the stadium with Enschede's main railway station.

Address: Colosseum 65, 7521 PP Enschede

Eat, drink, and sleep near the Grolsch Veste

The Grolsch Veste is located on an office park not far from the University of Enschede campus. Next to the stadium lies a leisure centre, which includes a movie theater, bowling, and some food establishments. Otherwise, the city centre of Enschede lacks sufficient eating and drinking options for a night out. Though it does not rate amongst Holland's most interesting cities, Hengelo is an alternative, smaller and quieter than Enschede.

There is one hotel, the Hampshire Hotel, located close to the Grolsch Veste. It gets decent reviews and is not the cheapest option. The Conference Hotel Drienerburght is a somewhat cheaper option that is situated a little further away at 15 to 20 minutes walking.

alternatively, there are several hotels in Enschede and Hengelo city centre; however, the options are generally quite limited. If arriving by car, there are a few more roadside and out-of-town hotels that may be an option.

Twente Tickets

Tickets for FC Twente matches can be bought online or at the ticket office at the stadium. If tickets remain available, they can be bought at the stadium before the match.

If you wish to purchase tickets for events at Twente, you will need to possess a valid Twente Club Card. Be sure to check the official website for any restrictions that may apply.

Ticket prices for Category A matches, the most expensive, range from ?22.50 to ?35.00 while tickets for Category B matches, the cheapest, cost between ?17.50 and ?30.00. Prices get increased for matches against Ajax, PSV, and Feyenoord which have higher ticket prices ranging from ?22.50 to ?35.00

Grolsch Veste stadium tours

The tours take place in Dutch, English and Spanish. FC Twente organizes guided stadium tours that last about ninety minutes and include the FC Twente museum. The tours are conducted in Dutch, English and Spanish. Check online for current dates and reservations. The tour costs ?6.00.

For more information, please email [email protected] or call +31 (0) 53 85 25 525.

Related Internet links

The official website of FC Twente is fctwente.nl and the online guide for the city of Enschede is uitinenschede.nl. NS.nl is a train travel information and journey planner and 9292ov.nl is a public transport journey planner. There was ample food available, though unfortunately you cannot use cash and must first purchase some special coins (minimum of ?5.00). There was a significant queue in front of the machines during half-time. We were expecting some queues before the train after the match, but these were hardly there and we were able to get on the first train in the direction of Hengelo.

Match visited: FC Twente vs FC Den Bosch Date visited: 31 October 2012

We took advantage of a low-profile cup match to visit the Grolsch Veste.

The Fortuna Cup match between Twente and Excelsior was designated to be played in a relaxed atmosphere at the stadium, with tickets being available for purchase even before the match. This allowed more people to attend the match than usual, resulting in the stadium always selling out.

The arrival at the stadium was easy by train, though at least one change in either Almelo or Hengelo is required (if you come from the west of The Netherlands).

We arrived early, and because of this, there was hardly any queue in front of the ticket office. However, it seemed a little understaffed and queues quickly formed behind us.

Since it was a mid-week game, most people arrived in the 15 minutes before the start of the game, but in the end the stadium was still two-thirds full.

The atmosphere at Twente was noticeably subdued in comparison to normal. However, as the visiting fans took a lead in the second half, the atmosphere became more lively. In the end, it was an entertaining match.

The concourse at the back of the stand is closed and poses some warmth on a cold winter evening. There was a sufficient variety of food available, though unfortunately you cannot use cash and have to buy some special coins first (minimum of ?5.00). There was a significant queue in front of the machines during half-time.

We anticipated some queues before the train after the match, but these were hardly there and we were able to get on the first in the direction of Hengelo.

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