“The Yellow Submarine" is on a roll. After a sensational season in the Champions League, where the Spanish team was knocked out only in the semi-finals against Liverpool FC, fans can not complain about a lack of emotions. Now they have been provided with visuals showing how the stadium will look after the €35 million renovation.
It will be avant-garde, original and, of course, yellow. After the renovation, Estadio de la Cerámica will stand out among sports arenas not only on the Iberian Peninsula, but in the whole of Europe. The facility will be covered with a ceramic facade, there will be a roof over all the seats and a brand new stand.
Identity expressed in colours is something very special about Spain. Just as the renovated Estadio El Sadar, which recently won our Stadium of the Year 2021 competition, is characterised by its fiery red colour, yellow is absolutely the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of the small town of Villarreal.
The designers took care to emphasise the club's colours in a unique way. The ceramic facade will turn the arena into a real gem. Or perhaps more: it will turn it into a real citrine quartz. Just as this yellow gemstone is referred to as the "stone of success", so the new Villarreal stadium can witness the achievements of the club founded in 1923.
We mention the date here not by accident. The ongoing modernisation is a gift for the fans of “The Yellow Submarine". The stands of the renovated venue will fill for the first time in Gameweek 15 of the next LaLiga season, which will take place between December 29 and 31.
The construction team has already started working at full speed. Demolition work is underway to prepare the ground for the new stand. However, those who think that the capacity of the stadium will increase, are mistaken. It is not the number of seats, but the comfort of the fans that comes first for Villarreal. The stadium will still be able to hold 22,000 spectators, but the spaces between the seats will now be larger, making it more comfortable for the supporters.
It will also be comfortable thanks to a full roofing with a total area of 12,900 m2. In addition, a set of solar panels will appear on the roof to store the energy needed to power the stadium's electricity. This will include two new 300m2 screens, a sound system, pitch lighting and external floodlights.
As part of the works carried out, a multi-purpose conference room overlooking the pitch will be created. The stadium's restaurant, Entrelíneas, will undergo a complete refurbishment. Villarreal and the engineering & architectural firm IDOM, which is responsible for the contract, have also announced a new space for the club's museum.
The value of the work has been calculated at €35 million, which, given the scale of the operation, does not seem an unreasonable figure. The modernisation is expected to take seven months, so the club will face a record time playing matches away from home.
Villarreal will take advantage of the courtesy of their local rival - Levante UD. "The Yellow Submarine" will play their matches at Estadi Ciutat de València for an extended period. It's fair to say that players and fans will be able to get used to the luxuries, as the 26,000-seater is one of the newest in the Primera Division.