Stadium Hop #10 – Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium
Sevilla Stadium Name: Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan
Club: Sevilla FC
Nickname (s): Los Nervionenses & Los Palanganas
Colours: Red and White
Date: 23rd February 2019
Teams: Sevilla FC vs Barcelona | 2-4
Competition: La Liga
An Overview of Sevilla FC
Sevilla FC is a world-known professional football club based in the Spanish Andalusian city of Seville. Formed back in 1890, the club is definitely one of the most reputable in the country while contributing many valuable players to the Spanish national team. Sevilla FC was formed during a period when the city was made up of a large British population. In fact, the very first president of the club was Mr. Edward Farquharson Johnston who happens to be Scottish.
Throughout the years, Sevilla FC won several honours including one La Liga and five times the Copa del Rey. Undoubtedly, the peak of the club in Europe was between 2013 and 2016, in which they won the Europa League three times consecutively! Who does that?! As of now, they also hold the record for the most times a club won the Europa League – that is 6 times!
Sevilla FC were never short of high profile names within their squad. Surely, a player going down in club history as one of the very best is the Spanish Jesus Navas. Although he is not a constant focal point in football talks around the world, what the player has accomplished is incredible and I consider myself very lucky to have seen him play in person.
The guy is a local, born in Los Palacios – just 30 minutes south of the city’s main square. He joined the team at the age of 15, making his first-team debut during the 2003/2004 season at 17 years old. He went on to spend a total of 13 seasons while making a total of 520 appearances to this date, both obviously still counting! Up to this date, Navas scored a total of 36 goals and provided 101 assists, all from a right-back or winger position. How far can this player go?!
The Sevilla Stadium | Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan
The stadium was named after form president Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, who served the club for seventeen years as club president. He helped in many ways in the formation and building of the stadium, which saw its first match in 1958. Initially, it had a capacity of 70,329 spectators which was reduced to 43,883 when it was transformed into an all-seater stadium.
The stadium is also utilised by the Spanish national team for selected matches and we noted a quite impressive record. Up to this date, Spain has NEVER lost a game played at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. Surely this has to be their lucky charm!
Just Before the Stadium Hop…
If you’re in Seville for just a day or so, you can simmer in the city by visiting one of the markets around. We had the opportunity to visit the Mercado de Feria, Mercadillo Historico del Jueves and the one further out from the city centre, Mercado de Triana. You can find all kinds of local produce here
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The city of Seville hosts two major football clubs, both competing in Spain’s highest division at the time of writing. Firstly founded in 1890, Sevilla FC is still kind of considered as the city’s main football club (just don’t say that to a Real Betis fan though!). In 1907, the club Sevilla Balompie was formed. The story gets more interesting when an internal split occurred among Sevilla FC – which now saw a new club being formed called Betis Football Club.
Later on in time, specifically in 1914, the latter (Betis Football Club) merged with Sevilla Balompie – creating another beast of a club we know today as Real Betis Balompie. Nowadays, the match between these two major clubs creates one of the most fierce Spanish derbies, also known as El Gran Derbi. They faced each other for the first time in 1915, which saw Sevilla win 62, Real Betis win 38 plus an additional 31 draws up to this date. You can immediately see the entertainment such clash offers when you consider that 364 goals were scored in a total of 131 matches! Just spare 20 minutes and watch what it actually looks like above.
Getting to the Sevilla Stadium
The Sevilla stadium is situated rather central, which makes it very easy to access from different parts of the city. To give you an idea, it is just a 30-minute walk from the Cathedral of Seville – one of the most famous spots around the city.
Google maps can definitely make your life easier by helping you navigate the way. The closest bus stop would be Eduardo Dato or Luis de Morales, and if using the tram then you’d probably stop at Nervión station.
Where to Sit at the Sevilla Stadium?
Okay, all areas around the stadiums provide great visibility to enjoy the game. Prices go a bit cheaper behind goal, however personally we preferred to sit and observe the Spanish football atmosphere from the top part of the stadium seating. The pitch is visible all around, and so are the spectators in most sections. We could appreciate how packed the venue was, in a time when social distancing was just a myth in everyone’s heads!
Tickets & Prices
Tickets in the Spanish La Liga are not the most expensive the world – which makes it even more appealing for any football fan to experience, at least once. Just starting with the atmosphere created, you could literally feel the stadium vibrating at most heated parts of the game.
Apart from the atmosphere, the quality of football played is just world-class. I mean, for just a forty-something ticket, I witnessed Sevilla FC going in front twice against FC Barcelona, and then being denied all points by a Lionel Messi’s hattrick.
Tickets are available from their online platform, or else from the ticket office next to entrance 28, in the lower part of the Stadium.
Where to Drink?
The stadium is pretty close to the city centre, so one can enjoy those couple of pints there before heading over to the stadium. Hey, why not try bar-hopping from the centre to the stadium? That’s a really cool way to kill the 30-minute walk, aye?
The Sevilla FC Store
An official store is located within the stadium’s premises, but just beware it can turn out to be very busy on matchdays. Anther official store lies in Puerta de Jerez, which is great to start showing your support to the club while walking to the stadium.
Well, you can also have a look at their online store to help you make up your mind!