Estadio Benito Villamarín

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Benito Villamarín
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Full name Estadio Benito Villamarín
Former names Estadio Heliópolis (1939–1961)
Estadio Manuel Ruiz de Lopera (2000–2010)
Location Avenida de Heliópolis, s/n
41012 Seville
Coordinates 37°21′23″N 5°58′53″W / 37.35639°N 5.98139°W / 37.35639; -5.98139Coordinates: 37°21′23″N 5°58′53″W / 37.35639°N 5.98139°W / 37.35639; -5.98139
Operator Real Betis
Capacity 60,720[1]
Record attendance 55,453
(Real Betis v Sevilla; 12 May 2018)[2]
Construction
Opened 1929
Expanded 1982, 2000, 2017
Tenants
Real Betis (1929-present)
Spain national football team (selected matches)

Estadio Benito Villamarín is a stadium in Seville, Spain, and the home ground of Real Betis since its completion in 1929. With a capacity of 60,720, it is the fourth largest stadium in Spain.[3]

History[edit]

Between 1979 and 1982, the capacity of the stadium was increased up to 50,253 for the 1982 FIFA World Cup when it hosted 2 group matches.[4]

In 2010 fans voted to change the name of the stadium back from Manuel Ruiz de Lopera to Benito Villamarin.[5]

In 2016, the southern stand of the stadium was demolished for expansion. After its redevelopment, the total capacity of the stadium will increase from 52,000 to 60,720.[1]. The expansion work was completed in August 2017 in time for the 2017-18 La Liga Season.[6]

International matches[edit]

Spain national team matches[edit]

Date Opponent Score Competition
17 March 1929  Portugal 5–0 Friendly match
21 December 1983  Malta 12–1 UEFA Euro 1984 qualifying
17 October 1984  Wales 3–0 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification
25 September 1985  Iceland 2–1 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification
12 November 1986  Romania 1–0 UEFA Euro 1988 qualifying
18 November 1987  Albania 5–0 UEFA Euro 1988 qualifying
16 November 1988  Republic of Ireland 2–0 1990 FIFA World Cup qualification
23 March 1989  Malta 4–0 1990 FIFA World Cup qualification
10 October 1990  Iceland 2–1 UEFA Euro 1992 qualifying
12 October 1991  France 1–2 UEFA Euro 1992 qualifying
22 April 1992  Albania 3–0 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification
24 February 1993  Lithuania 5–0 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification
28 April 1993  Northern Ireland 3–1 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification
7 June 1995  Armenia 1–0 UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying
15 October 2018  England 2018–19 UEFA Nations League

1982 FIFA World Cup[edit]

The stadium hosted two group matches in the 1982 FIFA World Cup. The other Group 6 games were held at Pizjuán, Seville and La Rosaleda, Málaga.[7]

Date Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round
18 June 1982  Brazil 4–1  Scotland Group 6
23 June 1982  Brazil 4–0  New Zealand Group 6

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "New features for Benito Villamarín Stadium". Real Betis Balompie. Archived from the original on 2017-08-04. Retrieved 2017-06-29. 
  2. ^ Betis-Sevilla at La Liga
  3. ^ El Betis piensa en un Villamarín con 365 días de actividad
  4. ^ "Estadio Benito Villamarin". The Stadium Guide. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  5. ^ Ruiz, Bernardo (16 October 2010). "Los abonados deciden restaurar el nombre de Benito Villamarín" (in Spanish). El Correo. Archived from the original on 2 July 2012. Retrieved 19 June 2018. 
  6. ^ Nuevo Gol Sur del Villamarín estará terminado en agosto de 2017
  7. ^ "World Cup 1982 Finals". RSSSF. Retrieved 27 March 2017. 

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