News from Spain: Villarreal unveil plans to renovate Estadio de la Ceramica

Few clubs can claim to have undergone the transformation that Villarreal have in the last 25 years. Before 1997, the Yellow Submarine had never played in La Liga, this season they made it to the Champions League semi-finals for the second time.

A big part of that transformation has been the constant ambition to continue evolving, the latest part of which is a renovated stadium.

More details about the #EstadioDeLaCermica transformation!

Expected budget: 35m Work starts on Monday 16th May and will last 7 months First game planned for the matchday of 29th-31st December We will play at home at the Ciutat de Valncia Capacity: 22,000 pic.twitter.com/3tn7MC4bZa

Villarreal CF English (@VillarrealCFen) May 11, 2022

The renovations will curiously lead to a reduction in the capacity, dropping from 23,500 to 22,000. Villarreal, who presented the project publicly on Wednesday and communicated the details on their website, were keen to stress that the renovations were to improve the fan experience first and foremost.

For stats lovers

Project managed by @IdomGroup Constructed by Alviben, a local company from Vila-real 2,400 tonnes of steel Covering 12,900m2 8,700m2 faade 4,400m of micropiles#EstadioDeLaCermica pic.twitter.com/zf26Y7UgU0

Villarreal CF English (@VillarrealCFen) May 11, 2022

Work has already begun on the stadium and they anticipate it being a swift process, aiming to play their first match before the end of 2022. They have one final home match against Real Sociedad on Sunday before the construction is in full swing, after which Villarreal will play at the Ciutat de Valencia stadium, home of Levante.

The total budget for the project 35m, which when compared with many transfer fees, seems a reasonable price to improve the stadium. Apart from being more spacious, a key feature is that all of the seats will be under a roof.

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