The guide for visiting an Ajax match

This is a comprehensive guide if you want to visit Ajax in Amsterdam. It lists all the things you need to know beforehand and what we recommend! If you have any questions, feel free to message us on Twitter!

The most important thing is to only buy tickets from official sources, if you want a guaranteed place in the stadium. This means that you need to buy your tickets via or the ticket booths at the stadium, near the Noord C entrance. The booths will be open on the matchday itself until kick-off. Ticket sale for the first half of the 2022/23 season will start somewhere in July. Tickets for the second half will be on sale somewhere in December.

Do not use Viagogo, Stubhub, Marktplaats or other places where you’re buying from touts/scalpers. Ever. Ajax actively enforces their policies against scalping. Your ticket will be voided, you will not see the game, and scalpers won’t give refunds.

Before you buy anything, some further information about the tickets and sections available for when you want to visit Ajax.

Buying a ticket

Before you can buy tickets you’ll have to create an account on and verify it. This verification process is done via iDIN, a secure way to verify via your bank account (learn more here). After you’ve verified your account you can buy tickets!

Games against some teams are deemed “risk matches”, as there have been incidents between supporters of Ajax and these teams. This means that sales are restricted towards club card holders. It will prove very difficult to obtain tickets for these games if you’re a tourist. The current list of risk matches include the Klassieker (Feyenoord) and the games against FC Utrecht and ADO Den Haag.

Tickets tend to sell out fast for bigger games. Games in the groupstages and later in European competitions will almost certainly sell out before the general public gets a chance to buy tickets. There’s nothing you can do about it.

The sections in the stadium

Sections 126 through 128 are where the Ajax hardcore fans, the F-Side, are located. Here standing is condoned, and generally most of the noise comes from this area. I therefore recommend to get a ticket near these sections if you want to get most of the atmosphere. However, I also advise you to not get tickets into the section if you’re just a casual visitor. You won’t make any friends there if you do. Tickets for these sections generally shouldn’t be available to non-hardcore fans anyway, but I’m just restating it for posterity.

Sections 416 and 417 are the designated away sections. Because (domestic) away support is often much smaller than the sections’ capacity, Ajax often places the away fans in just section 417, selling tickets to 416 to home fans. There are thick plexiglass walls surrounding both sections, so you may feel a bit isolated from other fans, and it’s far away from the hardcore sections.

Sections 424 and 425 are family sections. This means that these sections are targeted towards parents with children. As a result there are no alcohol sales in these areas, and strong language is very much frowned upon. This may either be a reason for you to avoid getting a ticket in these sections, or it may encourage you that it’s a place to take your kids along. Either way, it’s family-friendly, so be aware of that.


Getting there

Due to the often long lines at the stadium entrances, we recommend that you arrive at the stadium at between an hour and 30 minutes before kick-off. Getting there early also ensures you can explore the area surrounding the stadium, get some merchandise at the fanshop or grab a beer, in general you’ll be more relaxed knowing you’re there in time. The ArenA can be reached best by train and/or by metro. If you’re staying in Amsterdam, you can take subway lines 50 or 54 to Gein. Get off at station Bijlmer ArenA, or at Strandvliet if you have a ticket for the north side. If you decide to go by train, you can exit at Bijlmer ArenA as well, or at Duivendrecht. There you can take the metro for the final stretch, but it’s a short walk. For public transport timetables, check

Getting in

Your ticket will be available on the Ajax App on your smartphone, normally around a week before matchday the ticket will become visible in your app. You’ll have to scan the barcode at the correct entrance at the stadium. Don’t have a smartphone? You can print a ticket via the website. After scanning your ticket, you may be searched by security. Bags bigger than A4 paper format are not allowed into the stadium! Chart for what kind of bags are allowed – keep in mind there are also no lockers or other holding facilities if your bag is too big.

Before the match

If you have some time to kill before the match, there are some bars and snack stands surrounding the ArenA where fans grab a quick drink or snack before entering the stadium. There are also some unofficial stands selling Ajax merchandise, and the official fan shop, which on matchdays will be open from 10:00 until half an hour before kick-off.

During the match

There are usually some events going on before kick-off. Most importantly, there’s a keepy-uppy competition for Ajax youth players, named the Richard Witschge Trophy (after this classic Ajax moment). It’s a tradition that as the players wait in the catacombs, the song ‘Bloed, Zweet en Tranen’ (Blood, Sweat and Tears) is played (and often fanatically sung along). When that song finishes, the players enter the pitch, and you’ll hear Het Ajaxlied, the club’s official anthem. You’ll find the lyrics here if you’re interested, but applause is fine too. Nobody expects you to learn Dutch overnight for this. After that’s finished the match will begin. Enjoy! At half-time, they often have youth players do shootouts or have some other promotional event.

Smoking is banned everywhere in the stadium. Yes, even when the roof is open. The policy is rather poorly upheld, but please don’t be that guy.

After the match

So, hopefully Ajax has won the match, and everyone is heading for the exits. Since practically everyone is going by public transport, the metro and train stations will be packed with fans. Don’t expect to find a seat during this time. If you have to have a seat, I recommend waiting at the stadium for a bit until rush hour is over. You can go to the fanshop again, which will be open for half an hour after the match is over, or grab a drink at one of the bars.