Seville’s Estadio La Cartuja has closed after local authorities in the Spanish city determined that its roof requires costly renovation work.

Opened in May 1999 for Seville’s staging of that year’s World Championships in Athletics, Deporte Andaluz, which manages the 60,000-seat stadium, has opted to close the venue after it was discovered that work on the facility would cost around €15m (£13.4m/$17.1m).

Spanish news agency EFE said technicians who had tested the roof recommended that it be replaced by a new one, which has been deemed to be unaffordable at present.

Estadio La Cartuja was included as the centrepiece of Seville’s failed bids for the 2004 and 2008 summer Olympic Games, while it also hosted football’s UEFA Cup final in 2003. The stadium was the setting for Spain’s staging of the 2004 and 2011 Davis Cup tennis finals, while it has also been used as a concert venue.

In recent years, it has also hosted the finish of the annual Seville Marathon. Organisers have already announced that this will now be staged in the downtown area of the city.

Image: Estadio La Cartuja