Estadio de la Cerámica (Feudo Amarillo)
|Other names||Campo del Villarreal (1923–1925), Estadio El Madrigal (1925–2017)|
|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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Spain: Demolition first, construction to start soon in Villarreal
“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.
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How to celebrate an important anniversary shows the club from the province of Castellón. A cash injection from CVC Capital Partners will allow the venue to be modernised. As a result, Estadio de la Cerámica is set to become a 5-star arena by UEFA standards.
Spain: Villarreal go green in response to EU plastic ban
From this weekend onwards there will be no drinks in plastic cups sold at Estadio de la Cerámica in Villarreal. The club is hoping to reduce pollution and adhere to the recently approved EU reduction in plastic products.
Spain: Official presentation of Estadio de la Cerámica
Ahead of tonight’s Villarreal – FC Barcelona game supporters were treated to a multimedia show that celebrated Estadio El Madrigal renamed to Estadio de la Cerámica.
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Villarreal has recently installed bright yellow outer cladding on its south-western stand. More changes will come in 2017, including the anticipated new stadium name.
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