Estadio Benito Villamarín

Key facts

Club: Real Betis Balompié | Opening: 1929 | Capacity: 56,5000 seats

History and description

Estadio Benito Villamarín was built in 1929 for the Ibero-American Exposition that was held in Seville that year. The first football played at the stadium was an international between Spain an Portugal on the 17th of Match 1929.

Soon after, Betis started playing occasional home matches at the stadium, though Campo del Patronato remained their regular home until 1936.

The stadium went initially by the name of Estadio de Heliópolis, was rectangularly shaped, and could hold about 18,000 sepectators.

Due to its close proximity of the river Guadalquivir, the stadium got heavily damaged in a flood in 1948.

Estadio de Heliópolis underwent a first redevelopment in 1958, and got bought by the club in 1961. The stadium remained rather modest though, and few changes were made until the 1970s.

The then-renamed Estadio Benito Villamarín underwent several small redevelopments in the 1970s, but only got properly developed with the perspective of the 1982 World Cup. It could then hold about 47,500 spectators.

During the World Cup, the stadium hosted two group matches.

Estadio Benito Villamarín remained pretty much the same until Betis in 1998 decided to almost completely rebuilt the stadium. New three-tiered stands were built on the north and eastern sides of the stadium, which complemented the already three-tiered West Stand.

At the same time, the stadium was renamed Estadio Manuel Ruiz de Lopera, after the then-owner of the club. Works, however, stalled after that and the remaining single-tiered South Stand was never rebuilt, nor were any roofs installed.

After Ruiz de Lopera had left the club in 2010, fans voted to reinstall the old name Estadio Benito Villamarín.

(photos of the present Estadio Benito Villamarín below)

Getting there

Estadio Benito Villamarín is located in the south of the city of Seville, about 3 kilometres from the historic city centre.

The stadium lies on the Avenida la Palmera, a large avenue which connects the stadium in one straight line with the centre. Around the city centre, the avenue – though with a different name – runs along the bank of the river Guadalquivir.

Two kilometres further south of the stadium the avenue connects with Seville’s ring road. From the ring road, take exit 8 Sevilla / Av. La Palmera. Follow La Palmera in northern direction until you see the stadium on the left side of the road.

If using public transport, the stadium can be reached with bus 1, 2, 6, 34 and 37.

From the southern edge of the city centre (Prado de San Sebastián), one can catch bus 1 (to Glorieta Plus Ultra), 34 (to Los Bermejales), or 37 (to Bellvista).

From the bus station in the west of the centre, one can take bus 6 to Glorieta Heliopolis. The bus runs (partly) over the west bank of the river.

From the northern edge of the centre and eastern parts of the city one can catch bus 2 to Glorieta Heliopolis.

There is no direct bus connection from Seville’s central rail station to the stadium, but bus 1 passes about 500 metres west of the station and bus 2 about 1 kilometres north-east of the station.

All buses have very frequent service. Bus 1, 2, and 6 have their last stop near the stadium.

Address: Avda. de la Palmera s/n, 41012 Sevilla

Eat, drink, and sleep

Estadio Benito Villamarín is located in a quiet residential area. There is the odd bar and restaurant around, mostly in the area toward the river, but you are likely better off eating and drinking in Seville’s historic centre.

There are a few hotels hotels around Estadio Benito Villamarín. Hotel Silken Al-Andalus Palace is located 200 metres from the stadium, gets good reviews, and is reasonably priced. Boutique Hotel Holos is a little more expensive, while Hotel Sevilla Palmero is somewhat further away, though still easily at walking distance.

If you have more money to spend, then Villa de la Palmera will likely be your pick, and hostel Albergue Interjoven is for those on a tight budget. For all hotels near Estadio Benito Villamarín click here.

Of course, if you spend more a day in Seville, staying in the historic centre may be more interesting. You can find the options here.

Tickets

Tickets for Real Betis games can be purchased online via Servicaixa.com, by phone + 34 699 042 130 (if living at least 25 kilometres outside the city of Seville), or at the ticket windows (taquillas) of the stadium.

The taquillas generally open in the evening hours (5:00 pm to 8:00 pm) and on the day of the match until kickoff. Real Betis’ attendances are among the highest in the Primera División, but the club sells out few matches.

Ticket prices generally start at €35.00 for a seat behind the goal and range up to €90.00 for a central seat at the main stand. For higher-profile matches prices may get increased and start at €45.00.

For more information email taquillas@realbetisbalompie.es.

Stadium tours

Real Betis offers guided stadium tours that include the press room, presidential box, home dressing room, players tunnel, dugouts and trophy room.

Tours run Monday to Thursday at 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 noon, 1:00 pm, 5:00 pm, and 6:00 pm. On Fridays tours only run in the morning hours. On matchdays tours leave until 5 hours before kickoff.

The tour costs €15.00. They can be booked through the online form, or at the stadium. Walk-ups are allowed, however subject to availability as there is a maximum group size of 25 people per tour.

For more information email betistour@realbetisbalompie.es or call +34 902 19 19 07.

Photos

Relevant Internet links

Realbetisbalompie.es – Official website of Real Betis Balompié.
Visitasevilla.es – Seville tourist information.
Tussam.es – Website of the Seville public transport provider.

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