Rotterdam Ahoy
Built for experiences
Our StoryBuilt for Experiences. Since 1971.

Our future

Built for innovation


In the city of pioneers Rotterdam Ahoy is creating a new international conference centre, concert hall, theatre and auditorium. The existing Exhibition & Event Halls are being extensively modernised. The construction and refurbishment form part of the 'Hart van Zuid’ urban regeneration project launched by the municipality of Rotterdam. Over the next few years the entire area around the Zuidplein Shopping Centre, Zuidplein Theater and Rotterdam Ahoy will be redeveloped for a sustainable and creative future.

Our City

Built for growth


Rotterdam is buzzing with energy. The 010 area is forever young and fruitful. Anyone who is willing to work hard and has the right mentality can make it in Rotterdam. The city breathes that vibe. At Ahoy we know that. And every Rotterdam resident knows it too. Come and find out for yourself.

Built for experiences - since 1971

Rotterdam Ahoy has been the proud host of a diverse range of brilliant entertainment, sports and business events for more than 45 years. The arena and convention centre sought to excel from the very start…


1950 - Rotterdam completes post-war reconstruction and opens the Rotterdam Ahoy! exhibition in a temporary hall (later nicknamed the Ahoy! hall) on what is now the Dijkzigt site.

1969 - 1971 Rotterdam Ahoy evolves into the multifunctional venue it is today.

1971 - The late Prince Claus of the Netherlands opens the venue which is now named 'Ahoy Rotterdam'.

2009 - 2011 The Ahoy Arena is extensively refurbished and Ahoy Rotterdam celebrates its 40th anniversary.

2016 - To mark our 45th anniversary, we are celebrating all year! With our new name - Rotterdam Ahoy - we return to our roots. 


  • IDEA
  • AEG Facilities
  • AIPC Member
  • European Arenas Associaton
  • CLC Vecta
  • ICCA Member
  • MPI Member
  • NBTC Marketing
  • Rotterdam Partners
  • UFI Member

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