Spain: Meet the 2022/23 LaLiga stadiums!
source: StadiumDB.com; author: Mateusz Osmola
The next season of the Spanish elite starts this evening. It will be a special year for fans around the world, as Robert Lewandowski will soon make his debut at LaLiga stadiums. Therefore, we have prepared for you an overview of all twenty Spanish football arenas from the top tier of competition.
LaLiga's inaugural fixture will kick off this evening in which Osasuna and Sevilla will face each other. The Pamplona players will be the hosts, whose home venue is Estadio El Sadar, the current winner of our Stadium of the Year poll. The arena can hold 23,516 spectators and in terms of capacity ranks in the bottom half of the Spanish elite stadiums. This is in contrast to Sevilla's home ground, Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, whose capacity at 43,864 seats is the seventh largest in LaLiga.
During the weekend, current national champion Real Madrid and last season's second-placed FC Barcelona will play their matches. "Los Blancos" will play their first game in Almeria at Estadio de los Juegos Mediterráneos. Their home ground is, of course, Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, which is currently undergoing a major redevelopment. Unfortunately, the work has caught a delay and this season's planned inauguration of the stadium after renovations is unlikely to happen.
Real's eternal rival, FC Barcelona, will begin their battle for the championship at home, with the Blaugrana's opponent being Rayo Vallecano. Spotify Camp Nou is the biggest stadium in Spain and one of the biggest in the world. It is also where a major redevelopment project has just begun, which will accelerate during the league break caused by the World Cup in Qatar. Will Robert Lewandowski manage to score a goal already in his first match in 'Barca' colours? The home of tomorrow's opponents of Barcelona is Campo de Fútbol de Vallecas.
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It is only on Monday that the third team of last season, Atletico Madrid, will play. The club is based at Estadio Metropolitano, which recently changed sponsors and is now called Cívitas Metropolitano. "Los Indios" will face cross-town rival Getafe at Coliseum Alfonso Pérez in their first away match.
The other Barcelona team, Espanyol, will clash against Celta at Abanca Balaídos in the inaugural round of matches. "Los Periquitos” have played their home matches at the modern RCDE Stadium since 2009. Before that, they were based at Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys, to which Barcelona will move in the 2023/24 season when the Camp Nou renovation enters its next phase. And let's not forget the third club from Catalonia, the newcomers, Girona FC, whose Estadi Municipal de Montilivi is the smallest in the whole pack.
Construction work is also underway at Estadio de la Cerámica, where Villarreal CF play on a daily basis. For this reason, the 'Yellow Submarine' will necessarily move to Valencia's Estadi Ciutat de València, hoping to be back home at the end of the year. Since we are in this coastal city, we must mention the famous Estadio Mestalla, the home ground of local Valencia. However, all indications are that the construction of Nou Mestalla, which began back in 2007, will finally be completed. Work is scheduled to resume this autumn.
Of the LaLiga stadiums, San Mamés Barria in Bilbao, hosted by local Athletic, is also worth mentioning. The unique silhouette of this colossus for 53,331 spectators has made it one of the city's tourist attractions. The other club from the Basque Country, Real Sociedad, also boasts a unique stadium. Reale Arena is distinguished by its unique facade, made of ETFE foil.
From sunny Balearic Islands comes Real Mallorca, which has its headquarters at, located in the island's capital - Palma, Visit Mallorca Estadi. Interestingly, this is another Spanish venue that is currently undergoing a major refurbishment. It is due to be completed in two years' time. The fourth largest stadium in LaLiga is Estadio Benito Villamarín, home to Real Betis. The Sevilla venue can hold more than 60,000 spectators.
Uniquely located is Estadio Nuevo Mirandilla in Cadiz. A stone's throw from the stadium there is a wide, sandy beach where fans can experience oceanic swimming after the excitement of football. Two more venues remain - Estadio José Zorrilla in Valladolid and Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero in Elche. Both stadiums hosted the World Cup at one time.
You can see the overview of all twenty LaLiga stadiums in our ranking of the Spanish elite stadiums. Enjoy!