Estadio de La Cartuja: Spain

Isla de la Cartuja, 41092 Sevilla, Spain

Officially known as Estadio La Cartuja de Sevilla but often referred to simply as La Cartuja, this multi-purpose venue opened its doors for the first time in May of 1999. Situated in the Isla de la Cartuja in Seville, it is part-owned by Real Betis, Sevilla FC and the Spanish Government, though no club uses it on a permanent basis. It was originally designed as the host venue for the World Championships in Athletics and has the ability to host 60,000 supporters.

The second-largest stadium in Andalusia and the sixth-largest in all of Spain, it has a history of being used for important football matches. It was, for example, the venue used for the UEFA Cup final between Celtic and Porto in 2003, as well as the Copa del Rey final. It was one of the stadiums included in the bid when Seville put forward plans to host the Summer Olympics in 2004 and then again in 2008. It has also hosted the Davis Cup tennis tournament.


Estadio de La Cartuja Stats
Year Opened1999
Record Attendance52,972 (Celtic v Porto (21/05/2003))
Pitch Size105 x 68 (7140)
OwnerRegional Government of Andalusia (40%) , Spanish Government (25%) , Seville City Council (19%) , Seville Congress of Deputies (13%) , Real Betis (1.5%), Sevilla FC (1.5%)
Clubs HostedSpain national football team
First FixtureSpain v Croatia (05/05/1999)

Estadio de La Cartuja Photos

Estadio de La Cartuja Seating Plan & Where to Sit

Валерий Дед, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Built in a bowl design of continuous seating, Estadio de La Cartuja has three levels, though there’s little to differentiate the bottom and middle levels. The upper level is separate from the other two by hospitality boxes around most of the ground. The upper level is also noticeable for its more steep aspect than the other levels. There is a running track that keeps the pitch a distance away from the stands, though the venue still provides a good atmosphere for matches.

Getting To Estadio de La Cartuja

Train - Estadio de La Cartuja is located about 3.5 kilometres from the centre of Seville. You’ll find it in the north-west part of the city, so the best way to get there is to take a C2 line train from the Santa Justa Station and disembark at Estadio Olimpico, which is right next to the ground. That takes about 15 minutes, though you should be aware that services are limited on non-match days.

In terms of getting to Seville in the first place, you can expect it to take you about 32 hours from London St. Pancras. Given it’s a journey of over 1,000 miles in distance, that’s not too bad all things considered. There are four changes on the most direct route, taking you to Paris Nord before travelling to Barcelona-Sants and Madrid-Puerta De Atocha.

Bus - There are few public buses that travel to Estadio de La Cartuja, though there might well be private buses travelling on the day or those organised by the city specifically for match-going fans.

Car - The stadium is conveniently located just off the SE20 and SE30, meaning that driving to the ground id actually quite easy.

By Air - Seville Airport is Spain’s busiest inland airport, being as it is the main international airport for Western Andalusia as well as most of southern Spain.It handles more than seven and a half million passengers a year and is located about ten kilometres to the east of Seville’s centre.

Taxi - A taxi from the centre of Seville out to the stadium will take about 20 minutes to complete its journey and should cost you between €10 and €20, depending on traffic.

Parking Near Estadio de La Cartuja

There is quite a lot of barren space around the ground that allows for parking, but make sure to check for restrictions on the day that you’re there.

Useful Resources

Estadio de La Cartuja Hotels

Hilton Garden Inn Sevilla - £60+

Torneo Parque Empresarial, Av Ingeniería, 11, 41015
A 4-star from the Hilton chain, this is an ideal place to head if you’re the sort of person that likes to have a good idea of what to expect from your hotel in a foreign city. There are 140 rooms on offer, so you’ll be in good company when you stay here. You can visit the restaurant and lounge on-site for a bite to eat or a drink, plus there’s a seasonal outdoor pool and a 24-hour fitness centre. Located in San Jeronimo, there are plenty of areas of interest a short walk away. More details.

Hotel Doña Maria - £115+

Calle Don Remondo, 19, 41004
Located just a two minute walk from the cathedral, Hotel Doña Maria promises luxury to those staying in one of the venue’s 64 guest rooms. There’s a rooftop terrace on which you can enjoy drinks and a chance to watch the sunset, as well as an outdoor pool for when the weather gets too hot. There’s a pool bar, plus a conference area and complimentary Wi-Fi for hotel guests to use, should you need to be able to access the internet whilst you’re away. More details.

Hotel Macià Sevilla KUBB - £50+

Plaza Carmen Benítez, 3, 41003
With 134 rooms to choose from and an outdoor pool to cool down in, the Hotel Macià Sevilla KUBB is well worth considering for your stay in Seville. It is connected to the convention centre, which tells you that it is mostly used by business people and therefore offers convenience first and foremost. There’s a rooftop terrace, a pool bar and you can get breakfast here in the morning before heading off into the city. More details.

Pubs & Bars Near Estadio de La Cartuja

The Merchant

Calle Canalejas, 12, 41001 (+34 954 22 32 28)
Ask virtually anyone in Seville for a recommendation of a sports bar and you’ll almost certainly hear them mention The Merchant. Despite its name, it’s an Irish bar that first opened in the city in 1999 and has been serving food, soft drinks and, of course, Guinness to residents and visitors since then. It actively sells itself as a sports bar, with multiple screens offering everything from football to golf via Formula 1 and rugby. The perfect venue to watch a match.


Calle Adriano, 34, 41001 (+34 954 22 26 18 )
If you like your Irish bars to be a little bit more overtly Irish then it’s worth checking out O’Neill’s, which does exactly what you’d expect from such a venue. Large screens adorn most of the walls, whilst the pub grub you can get is an interesting mix between the local and the traditional. You won’t go thirsty whilst you’re here and if there’s a sporting event that you want to watch then the chances are that they’ll be showing it.

The Clan Scottish Pub

Calle Adriano, 3, 41001 (+34 954 22 03 97)
If you don’t fancy heading to an Irish pub then a Scottish-themed one might just offer a decent alternative. You’ll still be able to enjoy decent food and an excellent selection of beverages, but instead of it being decorated with green you’ll find that there’s blue everywhere. It opens at four in the afternoon every day and stays open until two in the morning, so you’ll have plenty of time to sample whatever you want and watch some sport on big screens.


Having been opened in 1999, it’s fair to say that the facilities inside Estadio de La Cartuja are not as modern as some stadiums in Spain but are more impressive than others. You’re unlikely to be disappointed if you spend time there, let’s put it that way.


Implemooc, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

There are a number of executive boxes around the stadium, with many of them helping to separate the lower tiers from the upper one. As you would expect for a relatively modern stadium, these are enjoyable places to spend time in and cater for all levels of guest.

Private Hire

Should you wish to hire the stadium for an event or use the boxes for some reason then the best thing to do is to contact the venue directly.

Stadium Tours & Museum

At the time of writing, there is no tour available for the Estadio de La Cartuja, nor is there a museum on site. The latter fact makes sense, of course, given there is no associated club to show off the history of.

Estadio de La Cartuja History

UEFA Cup 2002-03 Final - Celtic fans - Vintagekits at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Situated on the Isla de la Cartuja in Seville, La Cartuja was built in order to allow the city to host the World Championships in Athletics in 1999. When the city made a bid to host the Summer Olympics in 2004 and then again in 2008, the stadium was a central part of the bidding process. Indeed, you’ll still find numerous people referring to it as Olympic Stadium in spite of the fact that both bids failed to impress the awarding panel. It enjoyed its inauguration on the fifth of May in 1999 when Spain took on Croatia, winning 3-1. In modern money, it cost more than €120 million to build, yet it has never really found a specific purpose. It has been used to host numerous football matches, from friendly and competitive matches of the Spanish national side and UEFA Cup finals, but nothing permanent.

In recent years, the ground has hosted more music events than football matches, with the likes of Madonna, AC/DC, U2 and Bruce Springsteen all performing in it. Things could have been so different if it had indeed been picked as an Olympic venue but instead both Real Betis and Sevilla have suggested that they might move into it temporarily whilst they renovate their own home grounds in the coming years. Managed by the Sociedad Estadio Olímpico de Sevilla S.A., it had a temporary roof install on it when it hosted the Davis Cup in 2004 and then again in 2011 on behalf of the Royal Spanish Tennis Federation. It has also been chosen by the Spanish Football Federation to host four Copa del Rey finals, suggesting that it might finally have found a genuine use.

Future Developments

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Prior to the world being paused because of the global health crisis, the Andalusian government was taking steps to reactive the stadium as a going concern. This included the likes of laying new turf down as well as fixing the roof, which is part of the reason it was chosen to host several Copa del Rey finals. It is likely that the ground will continue to undergo improvements now that the Andalusian government has remembered it is available to it as a stadium.

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