From 1993 to 1996, Ballast Nedam was building the ArenA in cooperation with BAM. The finances of the Johan Cruijff ArenA were largely made available by financial contributions of eight large companies. These companies are the Founders of the Johan Cruijff ArenA. Part of this is the founder agreement that has been signed with the Johan Cruijff ArenA, which Ballast Nedam has extended to 2026. This allows both parties to continue their successful partnership during the reconstruction of the east side of the stadium, whilst also researching possible partnership in diverse international stadium projects.
The Johan Cruijff Arena is one of the most sustainable stadiums in the world and is considered to be a role model for modern stadium construction and operation. The Amsterdam Innovation Arena operates as a living lab for innovative concepts for stadium management and event experience.
Apart from extending the founder agreement, Ballast Nedam has also become a strategic partner of the Amsterdam Innovation Arena.
Together, Ballast Nedam and the Johan Cruijff ArenA will analyze possibilities to optimize the construction in order to increase capacity. In addition, innovative solutions concerning energy generation, crowd management, darkening, and further improvement of the acoustics will be researched. To contribute to the transition of protocol controlled to data controlled operation and to the maintenance of the stadium, the possibility to apply (fiberglass) sensor techniques will be researched. In addition, Ballast Nedam is exploring the possibility to adopt the underground parking lot as the living lab.
The modifications that are under development in the Amsterdam Innovation Arena, are what makes the Johan Cruijff ArenA a ‘smart’ stadium. The technique will be able to spread over a larger area, a city, a region, or a country.