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Last Updated: 8-2013
Due to emotions and the apparent benefits of stadiums, almost all Dutch municipality hosting a professional football club are owner of the stadium. This brings along too high financial risks in relation to the gained benefits. With sustainable (re)development these stadiums can become more beneficial. A questionnaire among 31 City Councillors of the cities Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Eindhoven and Enschede showed that the low financial risks and attracting companies are the most important criteria for a municipalities to invest in stadium projects. Specific sustainability aspects are considered as less important, but the sustainability of the whole project, including long-term planning could increase the benefits for municipalities. A case study of Stadion Feijenoord was analysed for this research.