KNVB Press officer Koen Adriaanse spoke to the NOS to elaborate on the plans announced by the KNVB to play the Johan Cruyff Schaal, also known as the Dutch Super Cup, at the home of the reigning champions as of next season.

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The curtain raiser for the season has traditionally been played in Ajax’s Amsterdam Arena but from next season it will be played in the stadium of the club who lifts the Eredivisie title.

Adriaanse said on the change, ”We believe that the Johan Cruyff schaal must be played in a full stadium and we have spoken to the clubs about how can we improve the atmosphere and one of the points it to play the match in the home stadium of the reigning champions and another point is to emphasize the social character of the match.

”One euro of every ticket sold will go to the Johan Cruyff foundation. The Johan Cruyff Schaal deserves to be played in a full stadium due to the fact that it is named after one of the best footballers that the Netherlands have ever known and people must also be able to attend the match and savour the atmosphere.

”The atmosphere in previous years has not been great. A lot of supporters have had difficulty in coming to the game with a bus and ticket combination and now we have suggested about playing the match at the home of the reigning league champions where it will be easier for fans to attend and the game would also be sold out and the clubs have agreed to this.

”It does not mean that the match will never be played in Amsterdam again. If Ajax win the league in future that will be the case. We have looked at how we can honour Johan Cruyff with a full stadium and a good atmosphere.

”Ajax, Feyenoord, PSV & current cup holder Vitesse Arnhem were all in agreement when we spoke to them about this. If Feyenoord win the league on Sunday then the Johan Cruyff Schaal will be played in De Kuip in Rotterdam and we will look at how we can make the game assessable for Vitesse.

”When evaluating changes of the Johan Cruyff Schaal to attract more interest we looked at location, kick-off time and price of a ticket.

”The KNVB cup final will remain in Rotterdam. That match is always sold out ”.

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