By August Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán will grow by roughly 1,000 seats. That's just the first out of seven phases of redevelopment, scheduled to happen over the next 7 years, one at a time.
As approved in April, FC Sevilla on May 20 began the latest redevelopment of their home stadium. This time it's not about the facade or new lighting system, not about the seats, too. Wait, it is about the seats! Just in 2015 all seats at the stadium were replaced and now those shiny new red seats are being ripped out. Why?
In this latest set of changes all seats will once more be replaced, finally by folding ones instead of one-piece. But it's about more than just seating, now all crowd circulation will change, from the entry gates and turnstiles, through vomitories, to the stair location between sections.
First phase, launched on May 20, will only cover the lower east stand, which will lose all of its current vomitories. Instead, all fans will enter it from the top, which is the 2nd floor. On top of 25 rows additional 2 rows for wheelchairs and companions will be added. In total, the lower east stand will gain 947 seats.
This summer's work is expected to cost a modest €1.2 million, of which €1 million will be spent for the auditorium, the rest for new gates to the stadium.
In total the redevelopment will have a long list of 7 phases, being a step-by-step project, each year a different part of the stadium will be redone between May and August. In total, the stadium should grow by almost 4,000, from the current 42,982 to 46,596.
But it's not about the increase in capacity, rather about optimalisation of the stadium's auditorium and concourses. With additional gates and access/egress routes, the building should be much faster to evacuate, as well as offer better amenities, especially to the disabled supporters.