Olympic Stadium

Amsterdam, Netherlands | C.1928

Photo Credit: Mark Walter

Designed by architect Jan Wils, this stadium is an example of Amsterdamse School architecture, a style noted for its brick construction and complicated masonry. Strangely enough, the stadium itself won an Olympic gold medal in an architecture competition featured in the 1928 Olympics.

The Olympic Stadium has hosted a diverse array of athletic competitions, including auto races, field hockey, football and cycling, but football has always been the primary draw.

The Olympic Stadium was saved from demolition in 1987 when it was listed as a national monument. The structure was soon refurbished to resemble the stadium as it stood in 1928, removing thousands of bleachers to allow for regulation track and field events once again.

The venue continues to host athletic events to this day.

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