"Heysel Stadium/Stade Roi Baudouin" Heysel Tip by Willettsworld

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The Heysel Stadium was the scene for one of the most tragic footballing disasters in the world. On May 29, 1985, part of a retaining wall collapsed during the final of the European Cup between Liverpool (England) and Juventus (Italy). 39 football fans, mostly Italian, were killed.

The stadium was built in 1930. It hosted European Cup finals in 1958, 1966, 1974, and 1985 and Cup Winners' Cup finals in 1964, 1976, and 1980 but after the disaster it was only used for athletics. 10 years after the disaster it was rebuilt to combine football with athletics and renamed Stade Roi Baudouin after the reigning king of Belgium. It was re-opened in August 1995 as the stadium for the national team and is the largest stadium in Belgium; it can seat 50,000 spectators. It hosted the opening ceremony for Euro 2000.

Address: Blvd. du Centenaire, BruPark
Directions: Metro: Heizel/Heysel
Website: http://www.brusselsexpo.be/

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  • Written Jun 16, 2006
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