The Koning Willem II Stadion - Capacity 14,637 Opened in 1995 on the site of the old stadium, the Koning Stadion was one of the most modern in the Netherlands. It was recently redeveloped to include a restaurant, a fantastic supporters bar and a conference centre. This expansion of the stadium instead of investment in the team has caused disatisfaction with the fans. The ground is a wrap around single tier structure with the seats sitting a few metres above the pitch meaning the views from each stand are excellent. The concourses are quite narrow and you need to convert your Euro into "munts" to buy food, drink and of course beer. The hardcore fans are located in the north stand and make a decent amount of noise.
Who plays there? Founded in 1898, the club have won the top division on three occasions, the last being in 1955. The club has had many famous players, such as Jaap Stam and Sami Hyypiä. The club jersey consists of red-white-blue vertical stripes, inspired by the colours of the flag of the Netherlands. Willem II plays its home matches in the Willem II Stadion. The stadium, opened on May 31, 1995, has a capacity of 14,700 spectators. The average attendance in 2004/05 was 12,500 people. The fans of Willem II have close relations with the fans of Bristol City. Some Willem fans were seen in the Eastend (Bristol City's stand) for their game against Sheffield Wednesday and there were songs sung about Willem II.
Willem II has won three national titles (1916, 1952 and 1955) and two national cups (1944 and 1963). In 1987, 1990 and 1999, Willem II were voted Dutch Club of the Year. In 1999, a second place in the league guaranteed the club a UEFA Champions League berth. In the first group stage (Group G), Willem II were eliminated. They scored 2 points in 6 matches. In 1963, Willem II lost to Manchester United (7-2 on aggregate) in the first round of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. In 1998-99, Willem II competed in the UEFA Cup. After beating Dinamo Tbilisi of Georgia 6-0 on aggregate in the first round, Willem II lost to Spanish side Real Betis in the second round, 4-1 on aggregate. After reaching the Dutch cup final in 2004 (4-0 loss against PSV Eindhoven), Willem II qualified again for the UEFA Cup, in which they lost to French side AS Monaco in the first round (5-1 on aggregate).
How to get to the Koning Willem II Stadion The stadium is located in the south of the town centre, around 25 minutes walk away from the main bars. It is located close to the E312 motorway. Bus number 8 run regularly from the stands next to the main station every 10 minutes to the stop on the opposite side of the road to the ground. A taxi to the ground will cost around 20 Euro.
How to get a ticket for the Koning Willem II Stadion Tickets range in price from 19 Euro in the end stands to 30 Euro in the newest Main stand. Some games will be played using the Clubcard system - such as Feyenoord, Eindhoven, Ajax and Den Haag. Details can be found at https://willem-ii.voetbalticket-shop.nl/web/show/id=102656. Tickets for other games can be purchased on the day of the game from the ticket office next to the main entrance and club shop.