The club was founded on 3 May 1903 as Heracles, after the demigod son of Zeus. They changed their name on 1 July 1974 to SC Heracles '74 and finally settled on the current name in 1998.

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Construction of the new stadium began near the southern bypass of Almelo in 1998. Simple structure based on steel and concrete prefabs created one single tier of seating (with small standing section) for some 6,900 people. In 2005 capacity was increased to 8,500 viewers as demand kept growing, but even that proved below Heracles’ potential.

1920-21   NAC 1921-22   Go Ahead (2/4) 1922-23   RCH (1/2) 1923-24   Feyenoord (1/14) 1924-25   Craeyenhout (3/3) 1925-26   SC Enschede 1926-27   Heracles (1/2) 1927-28   Feyenoord (2/14) 1928-29   PSV (1/22) 1929-30   Go Ahead (3/4) is one of the world's leading websites dedicated to football stadiums. We strive to keep it up-to-date, mostly thanks to your support.

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Heracles Almelo want to pursue local rivals Twente Enschede by upgrading their stadium. Just 15 years from opening its capacity is about to double.

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Since 2011 planning for a brand new stadium began. It was expected to house 15,000 people, but eventually got deadlocked and scrapped as unfeasible. Alternative plan was thus created by Heracles, this time envisioning a great expansion of the existing structure.

In 2012 Heracles competed in its first Dutch cup final, which it lost to PSV in the Rotterdam Stadium De Kuip.

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1930-31   Ajax (3/33) 1931-32   Ajax (4/33) 1932-33   Go Ahead (4/4) 1933-34   Ajax (5/33) 1934-35   PSV (2/22) 1935-36   Feyenoord (3/14) 1936-37   Ajax (6/33) 1937-38   Feyenoord (4/14) 1938-39   Ajax (7/33) 1939-40   Feyenoord (5/14)

The reconstructed stadium in Almelo was graded as the best in terms of fan experience. With 97.9% satisfaction level it won the Fan Award.

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1888-89   VV Concordia 1889-90   HFC (1/3) 1890-91   HVV (1/10) 1891-92   RAP (1/5) 1892-93   HFC (2/3) 1893-94   RAP (2/5) 1894-95   HFC (3/3) 1895-96   HVV (2/10) 1896-97   RAP (3/5) 1897-98   RAP (4/5) 1898-99   RAP (5/5) 1899-00   HVV (3/10)

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Though still under construction, the upgraded stadium in Almelo was opened yesterday. Sell-out crowd, electric atmosphere and high victory over NEC Nijmegen – a perfect set!

1900-01   HVV (4/10) 1901-02   HVV (5/10) 1902-03   HVV (6/10) 1903-04   Craeyenhout (1/3) 1904-05   HVV (7/10) 1905-06   Craeyenhout (2/3) 1906-07   HVV (8/10) 1907-08   Quick 1908-09   Sparta (1/6) 1909-10   HVV (9/10)

Heracles Almelo won't see their bold stadium plan come to fruition. The club now abandoned the 15,000-capacity project in favour of complete renovation and expansion of Stadion Polman.

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1940-41   Heracles (2/2) 1941-42   ADO (1/2) 1942-43   ADO (2/2) 1943-44   De Volewijckers 1944-45   Not Played 1945-46   HFC Haarlem 1946-47   Ajax (8/33) 1947-48   BVV 1948-49   SVV 1949-50   Limburgia

In the 2015/16 season, Heracles finished sixth in the Eredevisie, so the club could participate in the playoffs for European football. The club first defeated FC Groningen and then FC Utrecht. Heracles thus qualified for the first time in club history for European football, in the third qualifying round of the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League.[1]

In the 2004–05 season, Heracles won the title in the Eerste Divisie, so that during the 2005–06 season, Heracles played in the Eredivisie, where they finished 13th. The average attendance in 2004–05 was 5,700 people. In the recent[when?] top flight seasons, this has risen to just over 8,300[citation needed] (close to the maximum capacity of 8,500).

While further countries are opening debates on re-allowing terracing into stadiums, in the Netherlands this is allowed for a decade. Still, only 6 Eredivisie clubs allowed standing sections. Why so few? Report by


1910-11   Sparta (2/6) 1911-12   Sparta (3/6) 1912-13   Sparta (4/6) 1913-14   HVV (10/10) 1914-15   Sparta (5/6) 1915-16   Willem II (1/3) 1916-17   Go Ahead (1/4) 1917-18   Ajax (1/33) 1918-19   Ajax (2/33) 1919-20   Be Quick 1887

Heracles Almelo is a football club from Almelo, the Netherlands. The club has won the Dutch national title twice, in 1927 and 1941.

When construction of a brand new stadium proved impossible, they rebuilt the old one and made quite a good deal on it. Heracles Almelo finally can attract over 10,000 people per game.

1950-51   PSV (3/22) 1951-52   Willem II (2/3) 1952-53   RCH (2/2) 1953-54   EVV 1954-55   Willem II (3/3) 1955-56   Rapid JC

Below is a table with Heracles Almelo's domestic results since the introduction of the Eredivisie in 1956.

For recent transfers, see List of Dutch football transfers summer 2016

Heracles Almelo currently play at the Polman Stadion in Almelo. The Polman Stadion was built in 1999 with a capacity 6,900, this was expanded in 2005 to hold 8,500. The pitch at the Polman Stadion is artificial turf. After renovation of the stadium at the beginning of season 2015–16 it holds 13.500 supporters.