The Estadio Municipal de Balaídos (Spanish pronunciation: [balaˈiðos]), known as Abanca-Balaídos for sponsorship reasons, is an all-seater stadium in Vigo, Spain. The stadium is the home of Celta Vigo, and accommodates a total of 29,000 spectators.
|Full name||Estadio Municipal de Balaídos|
|Former names||Stadium de Balaídos (1928–1946)|
|Address||Avenida de Balaídos, s/n|
36210 Vigo, Pontevedra
|Location||Vigo, Galicia, Spain|
|Owner||Concello de Vigo|
|Operator||R.C. Celta de Vigo, S.A.D.|
(Celta Vigo vs Getafe, 16 May 1982)
|Field size||105 m × 68 m (344 ft × 223 ft)|
|Opened||30 December 1928|
|Architect||Jenaro de la Fuente Álvarez|
|General contractor||Stadium de Balaídos, S.A.|
|RC Celta Vigo (1928–present)|
Spain national football team (selected matches)
In September 1924, a group of local businessmen took the first steps towards the construction of the stadium by buying the 75,000 m2 on which the stadium would be built. The first job they faced was diverting the Lagares river. Two years later, the businessmen founded the Stadium de Balaídos, S.A. company, which would carry out the actual construction work on the new stadium.
The inaugural match was played between the hosts, Celta Vigo, and the Basque team Real Unión. The ceremonial kick-off was made by Carmen Gregorio-Espino, the daughter of former mayor Adolfo Gregorio Espino. Celta Vigo's Graciliano was the first player to score a goal in the new stadium, in a 7–0 win.
Balaídos underwent its second large-scale renovation in preparation for the 1982 FIFA World Cup; The Rio stand was completely re-built, the Gol end was added to the stadium, and the Tribuna and Marcador stands were renovated.
In the 2002–03 season, Celta qualified for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in their history. Their celebrations were cut short when the stadium failed the subsequent UEFA stadium inspection required to host their fixtures. It was briefly mooted that Celta might have to play their home matches at Porto's Estádio do Dragão. However, the necessary upgrades were paid for by the local authorities.
Due to the poor state of the stadium, the idea for a New Balaídos (Galician: Novo Balaídos, Spanish: Nuevo Balaídos) has been proposed several times in the past decade.
In 2003, then club president of Celta Vigo Horacio Gómez presented an ambitious project for a new stadium and the surrounding area. The 95,000m2 redevelopment would include a shopping centre, a hotel and sports centre. It was approved by the financiers, Caixanova, but was rejected by the local authorities due to the strong opposition from Javier Riera, the director general of the nearby PSA Peugeot Citroën factory, because of the increased disruption it would cause in the area.
Starting from 2015, Balaídos has been undergoing major renovations. The stands have been entirely reconstructed to allow a much closer view for the spectators. Once renovations are completed, the capacity of the stadium will become 31,000 seats. Renovations are expected to be finalized in 2019. The stadium continues to host Celta's home matches during the renovation process.
In February 2017, the roof of the stadium was damaged due to a storm, forcing a Liga match to be re-scheduled due to safety concerns.
Structures and facilitiesEdit
Balaídos is located on the Avenida Balaídos, in the district of Coia. It occupies the block bounded by Avenida Balaídos, Rúa Val Minor, Avenida Alcalde Portanet and Rúa dos Olimpicos Galegos.
The stadium comprises four stands: Tribuna, Río (main stand), Gol (west end) and Marcador (east end), giving a total official capacity of 29,000. The record attendance at the stadium is 45,000 which was set in a Segunda División match between Celta and Getafe in 1982.
The Tribuna stand runs parallel to Avenida Balaídos. It is a two-tiered stand – the upper-tier is Tribuna alta and lower-tier is Tribuna baixa. The club's bar, Celta Bar, is located in the Trinbuna stand.
The Río stand is two-tiered and is the newest of the stands (built in 1981). The upper-tier is known as Río alto and lower-tier is Río baixo. The stand is named Río (River) as it was built over the original course of the Lagares river.
The stadium is accessed through 25 gates, numbered 0-24, distributed across the four stands that make up the stadium; Gates 0-7 are located in the Tribuna stand, Gates 8-16 in the Marcador end, Gates 17-20 in the Río stand and Gates 20-24 in the Gol end.
In 2012, as part of the renovations made to the exterior of the stadium the club decided to name each of these gates after a notable player.
Spain national team matchesEdit
|2 April 1933||Portugal||3–0||Friendly match|
|26 September 1979||Portugal||1–1||Friendly match|
|23 January 1980||Netherlands||1–0||Friendly match|
|19 January 1994||Portugal||2–2||Friendly match|
|25 March 1998||Sweden||4–0||Friendly match|
|13 November 1999||Brazil||0–0||Friendly match|
|18 November 2014||Germany||0–1||Friendly match|
1982 FIFA World CupEdit
|14 June 1982||Italy||0–0||Poland||Balaídos, Vigo|
|17:15 CEST||(Report)||Attendance: 33,000|
Referee: Michel Vautrot (France)
|18 June 1982||Italy||1–1||Peru||Balaídos, Vigo|
|17:15 CEST||Conti 18'||(Report)||Díaz 83'||Attendance: 25,000|
Referee: Walter Eschweiler (West Germany)
- "Instalaciones". Real Club Celta de Vigo. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
- Lamas, Jorge (29 December 2008). "Balaídos cumple hoy 80 años" [Balaídos is 80 years old today]. La Voz de Galicia (in Spanish).
- Clements, Chris (16 May 2015). "New Wave – Celta's new plans for the Estadio Balaidos". estadiosdeespana.com. Retrieved 27 April 2017.
- "Celta Vigo v Real Madrid called off after Balaidos stadium damaged". Sky Sports. 4 February 2017. Retrieved 5 February 2017.