Villarreal planning €20m stadium revamp

Spanish LaLiga football club Villarreal is planning significant renovation work at the Estadio de la Cerámica.

According to the El Periódico Mediterráneo newspaper, the work will begin before the end of the 2021-22 LaLiga season and is expected to be completed by December.

While the €20m (£16.7m/$22.7m) renovation project is carried out, Villarreal will reportedly request to play at the Ciutat de València, home of LaLiga club Levante.

The project will not result in a capacity increase for the 23,500-seat Estadio de la Cerámica but Villarreal is planning on completely covering each stand of the venue. It is hoped that the redevelopment will boost the stadium’s chances of hosting the UEFA Super Cup in the future.

The project will also include a wider modernisation of the stadium and greater comfort for fans watching the match.

The project will be funded by the LaLiga Impulso project, a strategic venture between the league and global investment fund CVC Capital Partners that is set to provide finance with a heavy emphasis for clubs to improve their stadium infrastructure.

LaLiga Impulso was first unveiled on August 4 and will see LaLiga, the governing body of the top two divisions of Spanish club football, give up 10.95% of revenue from its broadcast rights over the next 50 years in exchange for CVC investing in the organisation.

The Estadio de la Cerámica was formerly known as El Madrigal. Several local ceramics companies acquired naming rights to the stadium back in 2017.

Villarreal won the UEFA Europa League last year and has reached the last 16 of this season’s UEFA Champions League. The team will face Juventus at the Estadio de la Cerámica next Tuesday.

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