The Zoetermeer white water stadium is the first artificial stadium in the Netherlands. It is part of a major water sports complex. In fact, the site includes the white water stadium, but also several surfing waves grouped together in a modern building. This stadium is the first project funded by private investors in Europe. It opened its doors on October 22nd 2006.
This semi-circular stadium is one of the new generation of Hydrostadium white water stadiums. The banks are vertical whereas in Athens they had a 3/2 slope. The stadium also has a new pumping station. The starting pool is raised, it has the characteristics of a bridge which makes it possible to move freely under the starting pool.
The Zoetermeer white water stadium takes its water from a natural lake using five 4 m³/sec pumps. The pumping station and the water input into the starting pool are an attraction in themselves: the structure is partially in-ground and the arrival of the water in the pool is in the open air, which makes it possible to observe the immensity of the structure and its operation at leisure. A treadmill and mobile Omniflots obstacles, patented by EDF, equip the white water stadium.
Open since October 2006, the complex offers the public many activities from surf waves to the white water river.