Stadium news #56
The Spanish football clubs Real Betis and their arch-rivals Sevilla FC have big plans. Both clubs from Seville want to have a better home venue. Real Betis have serious plans to renovate the 60,000-capacity Estadio Benito Villamarín. The Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, the current 43,000-capacity home of Sevilla FC, might be demolished to make way for a new stadium. There are concerns about the organisation of football matches during the construction period. It is expected that Real Betis and Sevilla FC will share another stadium in Seville for some time.
The plans of Real Betis
In 2023, Real Betis announced an international architectural competition for the Estadio Benito Villamarín. The stadium plans include the construction of a new main stand, the creation of a complete façade and a roof above all the stadium seats. The stadium’s renovation works might begin in 2024. It could take around two years to finish the renovation project. The project is expected to cost around €70 million. The venue will probably have new food kiosks and restaurants. The museum of Real Betis might be enlarged. An underground car park located close to the stadium could also be built.
The plans of Sevilla FC
Sevilla FC recently presented its stadium plans. The stadium construction is scheduled for 2026. The district name Nervión, the district where the current home of Sevilla FC is located, has been chosen as the location for the future venue. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2028. The future stadium will probably be able to accommodate 55,000 fans. The stadium roof might cover the entire stands. The fans will probably be closer to the pitch at the new venue. It might improve both the reception of football games and the atmosphere. Projections indicate an increase in the revenue of Sevilla FC of around €26 million per year.