Olympic Stadium

The Olympic Stadium was at the heart of the Amsterdam Olympic Games in 1928. Architect Jan Wils won a gold medal for his design at the Olympic Art Competition of 1928. The stadium was referred to as a 'stone city of sport' at the time. The Olympic Flame was lit for the first time at these Games. 

Olympic Flame

On 17 May 1928, the first official event was organised in the stadium: the opening of the Olympic hockey tournament. The Olympic Games were opened officially on 28 July 1928 and ended on 12 August. After the 1928 Games, American sports officials called the event 'a model for the future'.

National meeting place

In addition to being a shrine for sports, the Olympic Stadium developed into a national meeting place, hosting parties and commemorations. Queen Juliana was welcomed to the Olympic Stadium as the new sovereign, but the Stadium is also where the first Remembrance Day service was held after the Second World War.

The Olympic Stadium became a centre for national and international events since it opened in 1928 to its renovation in 2000. 

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