- Amsterdam is one of the few cities in the world with the label Olympic on it. Amsterdam was host to the 1928 Olympics. It is quite a while back, but some interesting monuments still remain from that period. The most important relic remains the Olympic Stadium itself. Architect Jan Wils designed it especially for the occasion. The stadium has a turbulent history: after the Olympics a (very ugly) second ring was added, and the stadium became the biggest in Holland. It was the place where AFC Ajax played the home matches for the European Cup because entertaining a large audience was possible here. Many an historic soccer match has been battled out in this stadium. The condition of the building wasn't very good, however, and after Ajax moved to the ArenA in 1996, the City of Amsterdam decided to demolish the whole thing. This decision met with great protest and soon after new plans were made. The stadium is now in its original condition again and is used both as a business centre and National Athletic Stadium.
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