Estadio de La Cartuja

Estadio La Cartuja, officially known as Estadio La Cartuja de Sevilla, is a multi-purpose stadium situated in the Isla de la Cartuja in Seville, Spain. It is used mostly for football and it is commonly referred to as simply 'la Cartuja'. It was completed in 1999 for the World Championships in Athletics. With a capacity of 60,000 seats, La Cartuja is the 6th-largest stadium in Spain and the 2nd-largest in Andalusia.[1] It was the venue for the 2003 UEFA Cup Final between Celtic and Porto.

Estadio La Cartuja
La Cartuja
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LocationSeville, Spain
OwnerRegional Government of Andalusia (40%)
Spanish Government (25%)
Seville City Council (19%)
Seville Congress of Deputies (13%)
Real Betis (1.5%)
Sevilla FC (1.5%)
OperatorSociedad Estadio Olímpico de Sevilla S.A.
Capacity60,000
Field size105 x 68 m
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Broke ground1997
Opened5 May 1999
Construction costEUR120 million
ArchitectAntonio Cruz Villalón
Antonio Ortiz García
Tenants
Spain national football team
External view of the stadium
The 2003 UEFA Cup Final was held at the stadium

HistoryEdit

The stadium was one of those included in the Seville bids for the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics. After the failure of the last bid, the stadium remained unused by either of Seville's major football teams as both Real Betis and Sevilla use their own stadia. However, both teams have expressed their intention to move temporarily while their respective home grounds are renovated.

The stadium is currently managed by the Sociedad Estadio Olímpico de Sevilla S.A., participated by the Regional Government of Andalusia (40% ownership), the Spanish Government (25%); Seville City Council (19%), Seville Congress of Deputies (13%) and the remaining 3% shared between Seville's two football clubs: Real Betis and Sevilla FC.

The Spain national football team occasionally use the stadium for home games, last playing there in 2020. The stadium has previously hosted the final of the Copa del Rey. Real Betis's home game against Villarreal on 31 March 2007 also took place here following a temporary ban from the Manuel Ruiz de Lopera.

The Royal Spanish Tennis Federation has chosen it twice to host the Davis Cup final, in 2004 and 2011. On both occasions a temporary roof was installed on one side of the stadium, where the clay court was placed.[2]

On 5 February 2020, the stadium was chosen by the Royal Spanish Football Federation for hosting four Copa del Rey finals from 2020 to 2023.[3]

International matchesEdit

Date Competition Spain vs. Result
5 May 1999 Friendly (inauguration)   Croatia 3–1
17 November 1999 Friendly   Argentina 0–2
15 November 2000 Friendly   Netherlands 1–2
3 June 2012 Friendly   China PR 1–0
17 November 2020 UEFA Nations League   Germany 6–0

Notable music eventsEdit

On 9 October 1999, Mexican singer Luis Miguel performed a concert at the Stadium in front of 35,000 spectators during his Amarte Es Un Placer Tour.

On 16 September 2008, American entertainer Madonna played a concert in front of 47,712 spectators during her Sticky & Sweet Tour.

U2 performed at the stadium on 30 September 2010 during their U2 360° Tour, in front of a sold-out crowd of 76,159 people.

Depeche Mode were scheduled to perform at the stadium on 12 July 2009 as part of their Tour of the Universe, but the concert was cancelled due to singer Dave Gahan's leg injury.

Bruce Springsteen performed at the stadium on 13 May 2012 as part of his Wrecking Ball World Tour in front of 22,045 people.

 
South stand from the East stand

AC/DC performed here on 10 May 2016 as part of their Rock or Bust World Tour in front of 60,000 people.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The stadium". Archived from the original on 19 August 2018. Retrieved 8 March 2016.
  2. ^ "La Federación elige a Sevilla para la final de la Davis" (in Spanish). El País. Archived from the original on 6 October 2011. Retrieved 7 October 2011.
  3. ^ "El Estadio de La Cartuja acogerá la final de la Copa del Rey" (in Spanish). Royal Spanish Football Federation. 5 February 2020. Archived from the original on 5 February 2020. Retrieved 5 February 2020.

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Olympic Stadium
Athens
IAAF World Championships in Athletics
Main venue

1999
Succeeded by
Commonwealth Stadium
Edmonton
Preceded by
De Kuip
Rotterdam
UEFA Cup
Final venue

2003
Succeeded by
Ullevi
Gothenburg
Preceded by
Rod Laver Arena
Melbourne
Davis Cup
Final venue

2004
Succeeded by
Sibamac Arena
Bratislava
Preceded by
Belgrade Arena
Belgrade
Davis Cup
Final venue

2011
Succeeded by
O2 Arena
Prague

Coordinates: 37°25′2.05″N 6°0′16.43″W / 37.4172361°N 6.0045639°W / 37.4172361; -6.0045639