The Amsterdam Arena is one of the only two stadiums to be rated as five stars stadium in the Netherlands by the UEFA.
It took the construction groups "Ballast Nedam" and "Royal BAM Group" 3 years to complete the construction due to government intrusion and indecent halts.
The Amsterdam Arena is an innovatively constructed stadium in the Netherlands, considered as the largest stadium in its city. Its construction started in 1993 and ended in 1996 with a cost of €140 million. A Dutch architecture Rob Schuurman designed the stadium with a capacity of 53,490 spectators that can be extended to 68,000 for music concerts. The Amsterdam Arena is currently home to the Ajax Football Club. It has also been the stamping ground for the Amsterdam Admirals (a professional American football league team), from 1997 to 2007. The stadium boasts of a retractable roof that covers a grass surface. Four different roofs in a year were tested before finalizing one. The arena is used to host various sports and entertainment events and has a parking facility for 500 cars inside it and for 12,000 cars outside.
The Gay Games were held at the venue in 1998. The event was attended by several national and international celebrities.
The inauguration was delighted with a match between Ajax and A.C. Milan in which the latter won by 3-0.
Notable kick boxers such as Peter Aerts, Semmy Schilt, Badr Hari and Ernesto Hoost have participated in the boxing events held here.
Michael Jackson performed 5 sold out concerts at the arena during his "History World Tour" in 1997.
The arena has witnessed outstanding performances of various notable rock bands and celebrities such as "The Rolling Stones", Tina Turner, Bon Jovi, U2, Madonna, and Beyoncé.
Robbie Williams and David Bowie have also performed in this arena several times.
The Amsterdam Arena has been chosen to host the Euro 2020.