Of course – it is called football (or voetbal) over here. Roger bought some tickets for the ADO Den Haag game a few weeks back, against Sparta Rotterdam. So Marco and I met up with Roger and his mother – although our first stop was the Rrrollend Foodtruck festival. The last one of the year in The Hague! We are already looking forward to the return of the festival in 2018.
Here is the ADO Den Haag stadium – reachable by tram 3 or 4 from the city centre (Forepark station).
Unfortunately it is about a 10 minute walk from the station, but at least you don’t have to take the train.
Before the game – people filing in and the grass being watered. It is hard to tell from this photo, but the seats are elevated, with fans needing to climb a flight of metal stairs to get to this level. The field is separated by a high wall to prevent rioters from reaching the field.
The section on the other side with the team logo is where the fans with season cards sit.
At the beginning of the game they passed out a lot of large flags to our section. If you sit here your flag waving skills better be good!
Above is one very energetic fan. He first passed this flag to another spectator, asking if the man wanted to wave the flag. When this didn’t really happen (the guy just held it in his hands), the guy took it back and began to wave it frantically. And note the back of his shirt – 070 is the area code of The Hague.
We ended up winning the game 1-0. It would have been 2-0 but there was a goal called off for being offside.
The best part: we were sitting right behind the goal so we had a great view.
Here’s a look at the graffiti-filled wall that separates the fans from the field. The stairs to go up to the stands are off to the left.
All in all it was a fun game. Though I have to admit that my favorite moment was when ADO Den Haag had a goal chance that the Sparta goalkeeper blocked – four times! The ball kept being hit back to the ADO Den Haag player, who had little choice but to kick it back in the same direction. it was like a game of pong.