Estadio Olímpico de Sevilla (Estadio Olímpico de la Cartuja )
|Design||Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos|
|Address||Isla de la Cartuja, Sector Norte, Edificio Suroeste, Puerta E, 4ª planta, 41092 Seville, Sevilla, Spain|
Description: Estadio Olímpico de Sevilla
Planned and built for the 2004 Olympics, which weren't eventually granted to Seville, but Athens. That's why the stadium standing on the La Cartuja island is called 'Olympic' by authorities.
Built for €120 million it never signed an anchor tenant, only occasionally hosting games of Sevilla, Betis or the national team (however, only friendlies). To fill the calendar it hosted several finals, two domestic (1999, 2001) and one of the UEFA Cup (2003), as well as athletic championships. It also serves as venue of the tennis Davis Cup.
The ground also served as venue for large concerts, with the likes of Madonna or U2 performing.
The simple and harmonious design was done by Spain's renowned architects Cruz y Ortiz, who designed stands of various height and layout to accommodate under 60,000 people.