Buffalo Stance

The Itinerant Football Watcher

I have to admit I am not the greatest fan of modern football arenas, while some have stunning architectural merit, Renzo Piano’s amazing San Nicola in Bari springs readily to mind, most are bland and featureless. So when KAA Gent took it upon themselves to drag Belgium stadia design into the new millennia one couldn’t help but be intrigued by their new home at the Ghelamco Arena. The 20,000 seater stadium opened earlier this season, becoming Belgium’s first total new build stadium since the Jan Breydelstadion was inaugurated way back in 1975.

Koninklijke Atletiek Associatie Gent (also often referred to as La Gantoise) are one of Belgium’s oldest clubs. Its veteran matricule number of 7 dates back to formation in 1864. The association also has a track and field team and a hockey side, although the football club came somewhat later in 1900. The club adopted the Flemish version of…

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