Fernand Schuerman Stadium, Temse

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During our visit in August 2010 the new main stand of the Fernand Schuerman Stadium was not quite ready. The investment of 700,000 euros with 440 seats replaces the old stand that was demolished in October 2008. The new structure provided quite a bit of tension in the Wase Scheldt municipality. Football club KSV Temse and the local municipal council disagreed on the rent the Third Division Team (season 2010/2011) had to pay for the use of the stadium. In addition, as it turns out, not all of the 440 seats on the new stand offer a full view of the playing field. Because of this only 400 seats per game are open to the public. The remaining 40 are purely there for aesthetic reasons.

After the demolition of the old stand in 2008 an uncovered emergency stand was built by sponsor Kontrimo on the other long side of the pitch. This construction was still being used during our visit.

The Fernand Schuerman stadium is part of an extended sports complex, and was only built along the long lengths of the pitch. On the side of the main stand additional covered stands are provided under the old canteen building and on the other side, where the changing rooms are located, the football fan is pampered with a small covered terrace.

The occupant of the stadium is the club with Matricule 4297, KSV Temse. This Association was formed shortly after World War II, on July 22, 1945, out of the merger of FC Temsica and local rivals Temsche SK. King football however entered the East Flemish municipality on the left bank of the Scheldt much earlier than that, in 1908 to be precise. Textile barons Joseph and Henri Banerjee introduced the game that they had picked up during their study in England. Even though the new club SV Temse briefly enjoyed a spell in the National Divisions by the end of the 1940s, it would take more than half a century before the white and blues again were allowed to leave the province borders. After a first promotion to the Fourth National Division in 2003 the club relegated immediately the next year. A new promotion in 2005 would give Temse a new, and more successful, start in the National Divisions. In the season 2008/2009 the Scheldt boys even won their Division and promoted to the Third Division for the first time in their existence. Currently the club resides in the Second National Amateur Division.