Sport
Sport 1.JPG
LocationBelgium
Coordinates51°13′49″N 04°26′34″E / 51.23028°N 4.44278°E / 51.23028; 4.44278
Operated byDe Lijn
Construction
Structure typeunderground
Platform levels3
History
Opened1 April 1996 (1996-04-01)
Services
Preceding station   De Lijn   Following station
Gasthuishoeve
toward P+R Merksem
Tram route 2
toward Hoboken
Tram route 3
Gasthuishoeve
toward P+R Merksem
Gasthuishoeve
toward P+R Luchtbal
Tram route 6
toward P+R Olympiade
Location
Sport is located in the Antwerp premetro network
Sport
Sport
Location within the Antwerp premetro network

Sport is an underground station in the Antwerp premetro network. The station was opened on April 1, 1996 as the last station on the northern premetro axis. At present, the station is served by tram routes 2, 3 and 6. Tram route 5 also passes through the northern premetro axis, but leaves the premetro tunnel via the Ten Eekhovelei exit between Schijnpoort and Sport. It does not stop at the Sport station, but has a stop called "Sportpaleis" at the Ten Eekhovelei.[1]

Location

Sport station is located in the Antwerp district of Deurne, and lies directly under the M. Gregoireplein. In its direct proximity lies the Sportpaleis and the smaller Lotto Arena event halls. Above the station also lies the terminus of tram route 12.[2]

Layout

In general, Sport station can be considered modern and luxurious, as extra money was spent on the construction of the station. The station lies in a curve in the premetro tunnel, and also contains an underground turning loop. The decoration in the station was designed by Renaat Braem and Jan Willems and consists of a mosaic pattern of mostly white tiles with bright yellow and orange accents.[3] Wooden figures of ice skaters and racing cyclists can also be seen on the walls of the platforms, referring to the function of the Sportpaleis as an important venue for sports competitions. Since 2005, the station has been fitted with clear signboards, indicators for blind passengers, and an elevator.[4]

At the -1 level lies an entrance hall. There are two platforms on the -2 level. One of them is completely finished and is served by trams going toward Schijnpoort and the city centre. The other platform is directly connected to the turning loop next to the station. It is not serviced by any regular line, and has a staircase going directly to the Sportpaleis. On the -3 level lies a third platform, which is used by trams in the opposite direction toward Merksem or Luchtbal.

References

  1. ^ "Tram route 5, De Lijn". https://www.delijn.be/en/lijnen/lijn//1/5/7/TRAM. Missing or empty |url= (help)CS1 maint: location (link)
  2. ^ "Tram route 12, De Lijn". https://www.delijn.be/en/lijnen/lijn//1/12/6/TRAM. Missing or empty |url= (help)CS1 maint: location (link)
  3. ^ "Inventaris onroerend erfgoed" (in Dutch). https://inventaris.onroerenderfgoed.be/erfgoedobjecten/212417. 27 November 2011. Missing or empty |url= (help)CS1 maint: location (link)
  4. ^ "Premetrostations krijgen lift". Het Nieuwsblad (in Dutch). http://www.kimbols.be/mobiliteit/openbaar-vervoer/be-bus-metro/premetrostations-krijgen-lift.html. 30 January 2004.

External links

  • www.delijn.be, the operator of all public city transport in Antwerp and Flanders.
  • www.sportpaleis.be, the official site of the nearby Sportpaleis