Estadios de España – Latest Stadium News
Welcome to our page bringing you the latest news on stadium development in Spain. We will update this page with photos and news on a regular basis, so that you can keep up to date with what changes are being made to the large and small stadia of Spain.
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Real Betis – Estadio Benito Villamarin
Anybody familiar with the tortuous process associated with stadium development will have become accustomed to delays and prevarication. However, even allowing for the “manaña” attitude that prevails throughout Spanish Football administration, Real Betis’ decision to re-start the redevelopment of their stadium, some 16 years after it ground to a halt, is a wondrously tardy piece of time-keeping.
You will no doubt be aware that the Estadio Benito Villamarin is a stadium of three distinct parts. The oldest of which, the Gol Sur, is very much at odds with the West Tribuna (last developed in 1982), and the sweep of the triple-decked north & east stands (built between 1998 & 2000). Much has happened to Betis in the intervening years, much too much to list here, but put in simple terms, they didn’t have the money to finish the project. However, funding has now been found to bring the southern end of the stadium up to the level of the north & east stands. Work commenced in June 2016, which saw the old Gol Sur seated terrace demolished. In its place will rise a three decked stand that will form a continuous loop from north, through east to south.
The completion of the southern end of the stadium will bring a degree of uniformity to the Estadio Benito Villamarin, although not necessarily symmetry. The southern end of the stadium will not quite join the the West Tribuna in the same manner as the northern end. The development is estimated to cost between €15-17m and raise the capacity to 57,000, making it the 4th largest club stadium in Spain after Barcelona Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid’s new Estadio Metropolitano. Whether we have to wait a further 16 years for the West Tribuna to be re-built or a roof to be added, remains to be seen.
Badalona – Estadi Municipal de Badalona (New Stadium)
Club de Fútbol Badalona have been planning a new stadium for nearly two decades. In March 2011, the club thought they had received the green light to build their new home when the local council approved plans for a 5,000 capacity stadium. There followed a protracted dispute, which led to Badalona vacating their home of 77 years, the Camp Del Centenari, in May 2014. There was however, no new stadium to move to. Instead, Badalona moved 1500 metres westwards to the extremely basic Camp de Montigalà. To add to the sense of frustation, Badalona’s temporary home was next to the plot of land that had been earmarked as the site of their new stadium.
Work finally began in late 2015 on the new municipal stadium and whilst the club had hoped to be in-situ for the start of the 2016-17 campaign, the current schedule would see CF Badalona open the stadium in January 2017. The focal point of €7.5m development is the main stand on the west side of the enclosure. Similar in design to the stand at the Nou Camp Municipal de Cornellá, it is just over 80 metres in length and features a propped cantilevered roof. The space behind the props will be used to house media facilities and VIP suites. The main stand sits atop of 14 rows of seats, whilst the other three sides are made up of a ring of 5 rows of seats. The stadium will feature an artificial surface.
Real Madrid – Estadio Santiago Bernabéu
On 11 October 2016, Florentino Perez and the Mayor of Madrid, Manuela Carmena, formally announced plans that resolved the restrictions that the Supreme Court had imposed on the expansion of the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu 20 months earlier. The amended plans ensure that any modernisation of the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu will be upwards, and that the footprint of the stadium will not encroach on to publicly owned land. In addition, the public areas around the stadium would be enhanced. The reduction in area means that the project will no longer include a hotel. Club offices at the stadium will be moved to the training facility at Valdebebas, whilst the existing shopping centre will be demolished. An area between the stadium and the Castellana, currently used as a car park, will be landscaped and incorporate a public square.
Crucially, many of the stadium’s “Wow Factors” remain. The retractable roof still features, as does a 360° video screen that will be suspended from the fixed portion of the roof. The club’s museum, one of the most visited in Madrid, will also be extended. The capacity will remain at 81,044, but there will be some reconfiguration of the seating plan, most notably the extension of the upper deck on the eastern side of the stadium. The delay and the alterations will see the cost of the project rise to €400m, but with IPIC picking up the tab, this should not impact impact on the the club’s acquisitions (transfer bans permitting). Work is due to commence in the summer of 2017. You can read more about the background to the renovation to the Bernabéu here.
Leganés – Estadio Municipal de Butarque
Following their promotion to the top tier in June 2016, Club Deportivo Leganés & the local council made the decision to expand the capacity of Burtarque. Fortunately, Leganés did not have to contend with any of the logistical problems that have been a feature of Eibar’s expansion of Ipurua. This is because the Butarque’s design lends itself to expansion. Built in 1998 and situated in a purpose built sports city to the north of town, the stadium’s existing structure allowed for the quick expansion of capacity, without any major construction.
Work commenced at the end of June and saw the existing raised raised tier of seating gain a lower section made up of of five rows. The extensions consisted of pre-fabricated metallic bleachers, similar to those used to fill the corners at Granada’s Nuevo Los Cármenes. This ring of additional seats raised the capacity of the stadium to a respectable 10,958. The bleachers and seating were provided by Córdoba based company Daplast, who provide the seating at practically all the stadia in the top two tiers of Spanish football.
Athletic Club – San Mamés
It would not have escaped your attention that when the winter months draw in, it can rain a lot in the the Basque Country. Thankfully for the fans of Athletic Club, the directors of the club also appreciate this fact, and despite San Mamés being less than two years old, the stadium needed improvements. In December 2015, the club announced that the lack of protection from the elements provided by the roof was unacceptable, and a solution would be found. Spectators seated in the first dozen rows of the lower tiers were particularly exposed to a deluge, and winters in Bilbao can be prone to prolonged periods of precipitation!
On 28 January 2016, the club announced that the coverage of the roof would be extended. Work commenced on 15 May 2016, a day after the club played its final home game of the 2015-16 season. The €12.6m contact was awarded to Inbisa Construcción, who to their credit, completed the work ahead of schedule, and in time for Athletic’s first home game of the 2016-17 season. A small amount of work on the facings of the extended roof continued into September. and so, with the exception of particularly heavy rain and strong winds, watching at San Mamés should now be an altogether more comfortable experience.
Atlético Madrid – Nuevo Estadio del Club Atlético de Madrid
Work continues on Atléti’s new stadium to the north east of Madrid, around 3 miles south of Barajas Airport. This protracted build is about to enter its sixth year, but is now scheduled to open in time for the start of the 2017-18 season. The latest work has focused on the installation of the exterior compression ring that when complete, will enable work to start on the stadium’s undulating roof.
You can read more about the background on this 70,000 capacity stadium here.
Eibar – Ipurua
SD Eibar are currently playing in their third successive season in Spain’s top flight. Promotion to the elite brought with it many logistical problems, not least of which was the size of their Ipurua home. Initially, SD Eibar were given two seasons to meet the top tier’s minimum stadium capacity requirement of 15,000. This passed with no further comment from the La Liga, but Eibar has no plans to meet the LFP’s minimum stadium requirement. In a statement issued in the spring of 2016 they stated that “it cannot feasibly reach a capacity of 15,000, but we have faith that the league will accept a capacity of 9,000 seats”.
The latest addition has been a new stand built at the popular east end of the stadium. This work was undertaken at the end of the 2015-16 season, and also saw the building of a car park under the pitch. The first seats were installed at the beginning of October 2016, and the seating was completed in time for the home game with Osasuna on 17 October. The stand and its improved facilities should be fully operational by the end of 2016.
Celta Vigo – Balaidos
In the spring of 2015, Celta Vigo announced a €30m project to revamp and in part, rebuild the Estadio Balaidos, which had been their home since 1928. Work started almost immediately on the redevelopment of Tribuna Nord, which saw the old lower tier was removed, and a new tier and access points built closer to the pitch. Then work stopped, as funds had not been released by the local council. Work recommenced in the summer of 2016, with the old upper tier refaced and seating installed. Work is currently focused on the frame of the over-sized roof. The new structure hangs high and deep over the Tribuna Nord, providing protection against the notoriously wet Galician winter, and bringing a symmetry to the finished stadium, where all stands will be of equal height.
You can read more about Celta Vigo’s plans for the Estadio Balaidos by here.
We will provide updates on the following projects in the coming weeks
Redevelopment of Gol Sud
Athletic Club – Lezama
New stand under the old San Mamés arch, new pitch and refit of main stand
Proposed expansion of the Camp Nou and Mini Estadi news
Instalation of new seating