Estadio Benito Villamarín is a stadium in Seville, Spain, and the home of Real Betis since its completion in 1929. With a capacity of 60,720, it is the fourth largest stadium in Spain.
In 2016, the southern stand of the stadium was demolished for expansion. After the most recent redevelopments, the total capacity of the stadium was increased from 52,000 to 60,720. The expansion work was completed in August 2017 in time for the 2017–18 La Liga season
Estadio Benito Villamarin remained pretty much the same until Betis in 1998 decided to almost completely rebuilt the stadium. New three-tiered stands were built on the north and eastern sides of the stadium, which complemented the already three-tiered West Stand.
At the same time, the stadium was renamed Estadio Manuel Ruiz de Lopera, after the then-owner of the club. Works, however, stalled after that and the remaining single-tiered South Stand was left single-tiered, nor were any roofs installed. After Ruiz de Lopera had left the club in 2010, fans voted to reinstall the old name Estadio Benito Villamarin.
In 2015, the decision was made to tear down the single-tiered South Stand and replace it with a new three-tiered stand in line with the rest of the stadium. Works started in the summer of 2016 and were completed in the summer of 2017, raising capacity to just over 60,000 seats.
Today the 52,000-capacity Benito Villamarín comprises the Gol Sur (Grada Joven/Juvenil) and Gol Norte (Grada Alta/Baja), a three-tier main Preferencia and the Fondo opposite, each with a Grada Baja nearest the pitch and the Anfiteatro above. The Voladizo is higher still. Away fans are high up in a corner between the Gol Norte and the Fondo.
Estadio Benito Villamarin is located in a quiet residential area. There is the odd bar and restaurant around, mostly in the area toward the river, but you are likely better off eating and drinking in Seville’s historic centre.
Estadio Benito Villamarín was built in the Southern part of the city, approximately 3.5km away from what constitutes the “old” city centre. From the city centre the walk to the stadium is easy, all you must do is follow the long stretch of road which runs besides the canal until you get to the stadium.
As Real Betis’ ground is located further south than Sevilla’s Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán you could argue that it is in a better location, at least for driving anyway. All you must do is look for Exit 8 signposted Sevilla / Avenue La Palmera and follow this until the stadium pops up towards your left.
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