Spanish LaLiga football club Sevilla has outlined plans to add a third tier to its Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, potentially expanding capacity at the stadium to around 60,000.
Sevilla revealed its intentions at a club meeting, stating that it is seeking to meet rising demand for games at the stadium, its home since 1958. The Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán has undergone a number of developments in recent years, with capacity rising from 42,500 to 44,000 for the 2018-19 season.
Further work is due to take place this summer and president José Castro has outlined the future vision for the stadium. He said: “We have to adapt the stadium to modern times, it is not just about sheet metal and paint.
“We have between seven and eight million (euros) invested… and the intention is to expand the stadium with a third tier. So there will be more space… as already last season half of the games registered a full (attendance).”
Sevilla will have to meet the challenge of expanding around a constricted site at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán. The Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán originally had a capacity of around 70,000, with all fans standing at games.
This was reduced to 66,000 for Spain’s hosting of the 1982 FIFA World Cup, before UEFA regulations on all-seater stadia dropped capacity further to 43,000 in the 1990s.
Regarding the expansion plan, Castro added: “There is a will to expand the stadium, but that takes time because it must be done on the same site that we already have, based on reinforcing the structure, and still playing games there.”