Europe's biggest permanent esports stadium to open in 2019

Amsterdam will be home to Europe's biggest dedicated esports stadium before the end of 2019, officials announced at Gamescom.

The Rabo Esports Stadium Amsterdam is due to open in November on the site of a former school and sports hall in the Dutch capital.

Rabobank and H20 esports announced the news on Tuesday in Cologne, with H20 founder Dirk Tuip saying: “We realize a dream that we have been working on for years. H20 esports wants to create an ecosystem for ‘Developing the Next Generation’ through gaming, esports and creative tech.

"The esports market sees a strong growth, which youth and young adults feel strongly connected to. With H20 Campus we bring worlds together and we explicitly connect ourselves with training and education. Gamers, esporters and influencers are the developers of the future."


Interest already

Tuip says there is already interest in the Rabo Esports Stadium, with 75 days booked by various parties.

He said: "(It will host) all kinds of esports competitions, tournaments and gaming events will be organized at the Rabo Esports Stadium Amsterdam. There are about 75 days already booked for next year.

"All necessary facilities will be present, such as broadcasting, shoutcasting, a stage with players desks, playing areas, etc. In addition, there will be a gaming club with high-quality gaming gear, a VR racing center, interactive sports rooms and your startup or company can get a workplace."