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Full name Estadio Municipal de Balaídos
Former names Stadium de Balaídos (1928–1946)
Location Vigo, Galicia, Spain
Coordinates 42°12′43″N 8°44′23″W / 42.211842°N 8.739711°W / 42.211842; -8.739711 (Estadio Municipal de Balaídos)
Owner Concello de Vigo
Operator Celta Vigo
Capacity 31,800 seated[1]
Record attendance 45,000 (vs Getafe 16/05/82)
Field size 105 m × 68 m (344 ft × 223 ft)
Surface Grass
Scoreboard Broken
Broke ground 1925
Opened 30 December 1928
Renovated 2004
Expanded 1967, 1982
Architect Jenaro de la Fuente Álvarez
General contractor Stadium de Balaídos, S.A.
Celta Vigo (1928–)

The Estadio Municipal de Balaídos (Galician pronunciation: [balaˈiðos], "Balaídos Municipal Stadium") is the home of La Liga club Celta Vigo.


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 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 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.



Marcador End 
Río Stand 
Gol End 


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
0 Quinocho Tribuna/Preferencia
1 Polo Tribuna/Preferencia
2 Atilano Tribuna/Preferencia
3 Manolo Tribuna/Preferencia
4 Handicap Tribuna/Preferencia
5 Borja Oubiña Tribuna/Preferencia
6 Vicente Tribuna/Preferencia
7 De Las Heras Tribuna/Preferencia
8 Vlado Gudelj Marcador/Fondo
9 Pahiño Marcador/Fondo
10 Hermidita Marcador/Fondo
11 P. Villar Marcador/Fondo
12 Mostovoi Marcador/Fondo
13 Ibarretxe Marcador/Fondo
14 Marcador/Fondo
15 Marcador/Fondo
16 Juan Marcador/Fondo
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
21 Gol
22 Gol
23 Gol
24 Gol



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.


Balaídos was inaugurated on 30 December 1928. The stadium was blessed by the archpriest of Fragoso, Father Faustino Ande.[2]

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
15:00 UTC
Celta Vigo 7 – 0 Real Unión
Graciliano Goal
Chicha Goal
Reigosa Goal
Rogelio Goal
Polo Goal Goal
Losada Goal
Balaídos, Vigo
Attendance: 22,000
Referee: Manolo de Castro 'Handicap'
GK 1 Lilo
RB 2 Cabezo
LB 3 Luis Pasarín
RH 4 Ramiro Paredes
CH 5 Joaquín Cárdenes
LH 6 José Vega
OR 7 Luciano Reigosa
IR 8 Chicha
CF 9 Rogelio
IL 10 Ramón Polo
OL 11 Graciliano
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Real Unión:
GK 1 Antonio Emery
RB 2 Manuel Alza
LB 3 Anza
RH 4 Malla
CH 5 Francisco Gamborenea
LH 6 Alberto Villaverde
OR 7 José Altuna
IR 8 Wherli
CF 9 Santiago Urtizberea
IL 10 José Echeveste
OL 11 Emilio Garmendía

1982 FIFA World Cup[edit]

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.

The stadium hosted Italy's group fixtures in the 1982 FIFA World Cup. The other Group 1 games were also held in Galicia, at Riazor, A Coruña.


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.

Nuevo Balaídos[edit]

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[edit]

A computer-generated model of the proposed stadium
The design for Nuevo Balaídos

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.[3]

The stadium would be built in four stages over a 5 year period (2012–2017):[4]

  1. The demolition and re-building of the Marcador end and the construction of underground parking. (9–12 months)
  2. The demolition and re-building of the Tribuna stand and parking areas along the Avenida de Balaídos. (12–15 months)
  3. 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)
  4. The demolition and re-building of the Río stand (15–18 months)
Tiers Capacity
First Tier 19,391
Intermediate Tier (VIP/Press) 2,804
Second Tier 20,186
Total Capacity 42,381

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.

On 13 April 2010 the Royal Spanish Football Federation included Balaídos on the official list of candidate cities that was presented to FIFA.[5]


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