|Full name||Estadio Municipal de Balaídos|
|Former names||Stadium de Balaídos (1928–1946)|
|Location||Vigo, Galicia, Spain|
|Opened||30 December 1928|
|Owner||Concello de Vigo|
|Architect||Jenaro de la Fuente Álvarez|
|General contractor||Stadium de Balaídos, S.A.|
|Record attendance||45,000 (vs Getafe 16/05/82)|
|Field size||105 m × 68 m (344 ft × 223 ft)|
|Celta Vigo (1928–)|
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, Gol and Marcador, giving a total official capacity of 31,800.
The Tribuna stand runs parallel to Avenida Balaídos. It is a two-tiered stand; The upper-tier is Tribuna and lower-tier is Preferencia. The club's bar, named '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 Bajo. 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.
|Gate Number||Gate Name||Stand|
|7||De Las Heras||Tribuna/Preferencia|
|17||Pichi Lucas||Río Alto/Río Bajo|
|18||Rodilla||Río Alto/Río Bajo|
|19||Santi Castro||Río Alto/Río Bajo|
|20||Río Alto/Río Bajo|
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 these businessmen would create the company Stadium de Balaídos, S.A., who would carry out the actual construction work on the new stadium.
The inaugural match was played at 3:00pm 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.
30 December 1928
|Celta Vigo||7 – 0||Real Unión|
Referee: Manolo de Castro 'Handicap'
1982 FIFA World Cup
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 whilst the Tribuna stand and Marcador were renovated.
|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)
|23 June 1982||Italy||1 – 1||Cameroon||Balaídos, Vigo|
|17:15 CEST||Graziani 60'||(Report)||Mbida 61'||Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Bogdan Dotchev (Bulgaria)
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 fixtures at Porto's Estádio do Dragão. The necessary upgrades were paid for by the local authorities.
Due to the poor state that Balaídos finds itself in, the idea for a New Balaídos (Galician: Novo Balaídos, Spanish: Nuevo Balaídos) has been proposed several times in the past decade.
In 2003, the then 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.
2018 FIFA World Cup
On 15 September 2009 the deputy mayor of Vigo city council, Santiago Domínguez, presented Vigo's candidacy to the Royal Spanish Football Federation as a possible venue for the joint Portugal-Spain bid for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. This, the third proposal for a New Balaídos, by architect Jesús Llamazares Castro and engineering consultants ACXT Idom, would involve the complete rebuilding of Balaídos stand-by-stand.
The newly reformed stadium would eliminate the running track around the pitch and bring the stands closer to the action, increasing the capacity from 31,800 to 42,381. The estimated cost of the rebuilding is €123 million - 104 spent on the actual stadium and the remaining 19 million on the construction of underground parking and regenerating the surrounding area.
The stadium would be built in four stages over a 5 year period (2012–2017):
- The demolition and re-building of the Marcador end and the construction of underground parking. (9–12 months)
- The demolition and re-building of the Tribuna stand and parking areas along the Avenida de Balaídos. (12–15 months)
- The pitch would be moved towards the Marcador end and the Tribuna stand. The Gol end would be demolished and re-built. The surrounding roads of Val Miñor and Balaídos would be pedestrianized. (9–13 months)
- The demolition and re-building of the Río stand (15–18 months)
|Intermediate Tier (VIP/Press)||2,804|
Balaídos, although one of 24 candidate cities across Spain, would only be competing against Riazor (A Coruña), Nuevo Carlos Tartiere (Oviedo) and El Molinón (Gijón) for the one stadium likely to be given to the North-west region of Spain.
- Lamas, Jorge (2008-12-29). "Balaídos cumple hoy 80 años" [Balaídos is 80 years old today]. La Voz de Galicia (in Spanish).
- Román, M. (2009-09-15). "Así sería Balaídos para el Mundial 2018" [Balaídos will look like this for the 2018 World Cup]. Diario Atlántico (in Spanish).
- Balaídos at Celtavigo.net
- Balaídos at Google Maps
- Estadio Nuevo Balaídos at CandidaturaIberica.com
- Estadios de Espana (English)