Estadio de la Cerámica (Feudo Amarillo)

Capacity23 000
Country Spain
ClubsVillarreal CF
Other names Campo del Villarreal (1923–1925), Estadio El Madrigal (1925–2017)
Floodlights 2,000 lux
Inauguaration 17/06/1923 (Deportivo Cervantes - CD Castellón)
Renovations 1952, 1972, 1989, 1998-1999, 2005
Address Carrer Blasco Ibáñez, 2, 12540 Vilareal, Castelló, Spain


Estadio de la Cerámica – stadium description

Villarreal is a city with such thick urban fabric and road network that it's no wonder their main stadium also seems to be stuck between homes. Only the western facade is significantly exposed. It's been a constrained site from the very beginning in 1923, when both the club and stadium were created.

The name El Madrigal began officially functioning in 1925, previously the ground had been referred to as Campo del Villarreal.

In 1952 first major renovation began, seeing the field significantly expanded from 95x65m to almost the current standard (105x65m compared to standardised 105x68m). In 1972 the south stand was demolished and rebuilt only to be torn down and rebuilt again in 1988-1989 and then once more ahead of the 1999/00 season. At that last time also the northern main grandstand was redone.

From 1973 the stadium has operating floodlights but perhaps most surprisingly its changing rooms have over the years been moved between three corners of the ground until they finally ended in the northern main grandstand, where they are today.

In the 21st century the stadium went through several other changes and two major expansions. In 2008-09 the east stand received and upper tier, currently used as the away enclosure. In 2017 the building was covered with yellow ceramic tiles in order to boost its identity and commercial value. Numerous ceramic manufacturers are displayed on the stadium in a unique naming deal.

Between May and December 2022, the stadium underwent another major upgrade. During that time, a new roof covering all stands was built, new usable spaces under the stands were created, all seats were replaced, new video screens were installed, and the missing stand in one corner was added. The yellow exterior façade, already partly completed in 2017, was also finished and the facility has been given a more coherent, unified form.

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