Estadio de La Cartuja

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Estadio Olímpico de Sevilla
La Cartuja
Panoramio - V&A Dudush - Estadio Olímpico 57 619.jpg
Location Seville, Spain
Operator Sociedad Estadio Olímpico de Sevilla S.A.
Capacity
57,619
Field size
105 x 68 m
Surface Grass
Construction
Broke ground 1997
Opened 5 May 1999
Construction cost 120 million euros
Architect Antonio Cruz Villalón
Antonio Ortiz García
Tenants
Spanish national football team (some games)

Estadio de La Cartuja or "Estadio Olímpico" de Sevilla is a multi-purpose stadium situated in the Isla de la Cartuja in Seville, Spain. It is commonly referred to as simply 'la Cartuja'. It was completed in 1999 for the World Championships in Athletics and seats 57,619 people. It was the venue for the 2003 UEFA Cup Final between Celtic and Porto.

The stadium was one of those included in the Seville bid 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 each use their own stadia. However, both teams have expressed their intention to move temporarily while their respective home grounds are renovated.

The Spanish national football team sometimes use the stadium for home games, and the stadium has previously hosted the final of the Copa del Rey. Real Betis 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.[1]

International matches[edit]

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

Notable music events[edit]

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 September 30, 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 July 12, 2009 as part of their Tour of the Universe, but the concert was cancelled due to singer Dave Gahan's leg injury.

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Preceded by
Olympic Stadium
Athens
IAAF World Championships in Athletics
Venue

1999
Succeeded by
Commonwealth Stadium
Edmonton
Preceded by
Feijenoord Stadion
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