Estadio de La Cartuja

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Estadio La Cartuja
La Cartuja
Panoramio - V&A Dudush - Estadio Olímpico 57 619.jpg
LocationSeville, Spain
OwnerRegional Government of Andalusia (40%)
Spanish Government (25%)
Seville City Council (19%)
Seville Congress of Deputies (13%)
Real Betis (1.5%)
Sevilla FC (1.5%)
OperatorSociedad Estadio Olímpico de Sevilla S.A.
Capacity60,000
Field size105 x 68 m
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Broke ground1997
Opened5 May 1999; 19 years ago
Construction cost120 million euros
ArchitectAntonio Cruz Villalón
Antonio Ortiz García
External view of the stadium
UEFA Cup Final of 2003 at the stadium

Estadio La Cartuja is a multi-purpose stadium situated in the Isla de la Cartuja in Seville, Spain. It is used mostly for football and it is commonly referred to as simply 'la Cartuja'. It was completed in 1999 for the World Championships in Athletics and seats 60,000 people.[1] 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 use their own stadia. However, both teams have expressed their intention to move temporarily while their respective home grounds are renovated.

The stadium is currently managed by the Sociedad Estadio Olímpico de Sevilla S.A., participated by the Regional Government of Andalusia (40% ownership), the Spanish Government (25%); Seville City Council (19%), Seville Congress of Deputies (13%) and the remaining 3% shared between Seville's two football clubs: Real Betis and Sevilla FC.

The Spanish national football team occasionally use the stadium for home games, last playing there in 2012. The stadium has previously hosted the final of the Copa del Rey. Real Betis’s 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.[2]

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.

Bruce Springsteen performed at the stadium on May 13, 2012 as part of his Wrecking Ball World Tour in front of 22,045 people.

South stand from the East stand

AC/DC performed here on 10 May, 2016 as part of their Rock or Bust World Tour in front of 60,000 people.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The stadium
  2. ^ "La Federación elige a Sevilla para la final de la Davis" (in Spanish). El País.

External links[edit]

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