Spanish LaLiga football club Real Betis will begin work on the final phase of a redevelopment project for the Estadio Benito Villamarín in 2024, with the project expected to take between 18 and 20 months.
José Miguel López Catalán, vice-president of the Seville-based club, said that the “innovative” project will seek to transform the stadium into a multi-purpose destination that can generate income throughout the year.
López Catalán, speaking on Spanish radio station Cadena COPE, added that the project will support Betis’ plans to exceed the €150m (£130m/$156m) annual income barrier.
He said: “I am very excited … we are going to build a new stand like with the Gol Sur, but it is going to be a very complete and modern project that is the new stadium. What we are going to build when we demolish the Preferencia stand will be an innovative and powerful project in which the Béticos will live the Villamarín party with great intensity.”
The capacity of the stadium is expected to stay at around 60,000. The project will be supported by funding Betis will receive as part of LaLiga Impulso, the league’s strategic venture with global investment fund CVC Capital Partners.
Betis recently set out plans to stage the world’s most inclusive match at the Villamarín. The club joined forces with Integrated Dreams, a non-profit organisation based in Lisbon, which works for the inclusion of disabled people in the sports industry.
The event will take place for Betis’ match against Real Valladolid on matchday 22 of the current LaLiga season in the second half of February. Among the actions that will be organised for the match is a march for inclusion, which will consist of a short walk for fans with functional diversity to the stadium.