The Estadio La Cartuja is a multi-purpose stadium that opened in 1999 and has a capacity of 60,000. The stadium formed part of Seville’s ultimately unsuccessful bids to host the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics. It did however host the 1999 World Championships in Athletics shortly after its opening, an event best remembered for the world record Michael Johnson set in the 400 metres.
The stadium officially opened on the 5th May 1999, with the Spanish international football team defeating Croatia 3-1 in a friendly match. Spain have played a handful of international matches there since, most notably the 6-0 win over Germany in 2020 in a UEFA Nations League match.
Neither of Seville’s major football teams, Sevilla or Real Betis elected to move to the stadium so there is no permanent tenant. It has however continued to host major events with the UEFA Cup Final staged there in 2003 (Porto defeating Celtic 3-2) and the Davis Cup Final in 2004 and 2011, with Spain winning on both occasions as a temporary roof was installed on one side over the temporary clay court.
The Copa del Rey Final was played there in 1999 and 2001 and will host four consecutive Finals between 2020 and 2024. All three of Spain’s group matches and a Round of 16 match at UEFA Euro 2020 will also be held there, after it replaced Bilbao’s San Mames two months before the tournament due to restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Location & Travel to Estadio La Cartuja
The Estadio La Cartuja is located in the Isla de La Cartuja neighborhood of Seville, approximately 4 kilometres north west of the centre.
Air – Seville Airport is the main international airport for Western Andalusia and serves as a hub for low-cost carriers such as Vueling and Ryanair, with flights across Europe.
From the airport, you can catch the Airport Express (Line EA) bus to Plaza de Armas, with a journey time of about 35 minutes and tickets costing €4 one way.
Bus – Bus lines 36 and C2 runs to the stadium from the city.
Train – Sevilla-Santa Justa train station is the main railway station in Seville, offering regular services to destinations all over Andalucia (Huelva, Cadiz, Jerez, Jaen, Granada and Almeri) or high-speed AVE trains beyond to Barcelona, Cordoba, Madrid, Malaga and Valencia.
You can use the C2 commuter line to reach the stadium from Santa Justa, alighting at Estadio Olímpico station just a short walk away.
Hotels near Estadio La Cartuja
The Exe Isla Cartuja is located within the stadium, with many of the hotel’s 72 rooms offering pitch views.