The DCE 2005 Championships will be held at the Sparta Stadium in Rotterdam - The Netherlands on Sept. 24, 2005. Drum Corps Europe is very happy with the new venue. "Everyone knows Rotterdam, the city is known around the world," said DCE chairman Marcel Matthijsse. The stadium has a capacity of 2,500 seats. "We also searched for stadiums in Belgium and the northern part of France, but Rotterdam was the best choice. We are aware of the long distances that some corps have to travel to enter the event. With the European drum corps activity in mind, we believe Rotterdam is one of the most central places in Europe." Sparta is the oldest professional football club of the Netherlands. The club has a rich history, which includes winning the Dutch Championship, the national cup and participation in European tournaments. In 2003 and 2004, the Hague was the host of the DCE Championships. The stadium of soccer club "ADO Den Haag" was not available in 2005, due to the new field management guidelines of ADO. That's why DCE started looking for another stadium that had at least the same facilities and exposure. The DCE management believes that the Sparta Stadium is a great new choice. "I'm really excited about this stadium," DCE public relations manager Dennis I. Naaktgeboren said. "When I attended a soccer match last year, in my mind I saw corps like Kidsgrove Scouts and Wölper Löwen marching on the field. I think it's a prefect venue for the European Championships, located in a metropolis."
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