The Amsterdam Arena, otherwise known as the Johan Cruyff Arena, was opened in 1996 by former Queen Beatrix in an elaborate ceremony. Since then, several important football matches have been played there. People cheered and celebrated, laughed and cried. In addition to football, the arena has also hosted other historic events, such as the opera Aida, the wedding of Willem-Alexander and Máxima, and concerts by international artists such as Michael Jackson, Céline Dion, and Madonna. The stadium has welcomed more than 33 million visitors since it opened.