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Olympisch Stadion

Isosport/MB Media / Contributor / Getty Images | Pierre Bourdin of Beerschot celebrates after scoring during the Jupiler Pro League match between Beerschot and KRC Genk at Olympisch Stadion in Antwerp on September 14, 2020.
Date
16 Dec 2020
Tags
Antwerp 1920 Legacy, Olympic Venues
Almost half the total expenditure for the Olympic Games Antwerp 1920 went towards transforming the Beerschot Stadium into the Olympisch Stadion.

The pre-Games stadium was a training site for Beerschot Athletic Club. Construction for the Antwerp 1920 Games included a new grandstand, the enlargement of existing grandstands, the extension of the track and the installation of an access road. After the Games, additional work was required to turn it into a football ground suitable for local team FC Beerschot. The running track was subsequently removed, four separate stands were created, and the capacity was significantly reduced. As a result, the post-Games stadium bore little resemblance to the venue which hosted events from nine sports in 1920.

The stadium has remained FC Beerschot’s home for over a century and, as of 2019, had a capacity of 12,771.

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