|Address||Avenida Eduardo Dato, Seville, Spain|
|Club||Sevilla Futbol Club|
|Architect||James Cox / Manuel Muñoz Monasterio|
|Average Attendance||32,999 (Season 2017 – 2018)|
|Record Attendance||70,410 (Spain 1:0 Scotland, February 27, 1985)|
|Roof||Preferencia stand (completely) and backrows of Fondo, Sur and Norte stands|
|Who is the owner of Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan?||Sevilla F.C.|
|Pitch Size||105 m × 70 m|
|Where is Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan located?||37.3840°N 5.9705°W|
|Nickname||La Bombonera de Nervion or La Bombonera|
The history of this stadium began in 1937 when the land was purchased in Seville by the football club’s president Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán. Unfortunately, he passed away a few weeks before the ground construction had even begun. The new club’s president, Ramón de Carranza, honoured his predecessor by naming the stadium after him.
The construction took 19 years due to a number of issues including wars and financial scrutiny. Even when the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan arena hosted the first friendly game where Sevilla FC and Real Jaen CF ended in a 3–3 draw, the stadium still only had lower tiers behind the goals. The upper tiers were not installed until 1974. In the 1990s its capacity was reduced while the ground was transformed into a modern all-seater. In 2016, the club completed the new façade of the stadium.
La Bombonera de Nervion has a recognisable elliptical shape. There are four stands at the ground and I’m listing them in order of their importance: Preferencia (west), Fondo (east), Gol Sur (south) and Gol Norte (north). The latest of them hosts the loudest Sevilla’s supporters. The ticket categories are as follows:
- Category 1 – the best seats at the main stands (Preferencia and Fondo);
- Category 2 – seats are located closer to the corner zones of the ground;
- Category 3 – the best seats from those located behind the nets (Gol Sur and Gol Norte) and at the corner zones;
- Category 4 – the cheapest seats located on the lower and the upper tiers behind the nets.
The ground’s most glorious days are connected with the 1982 World Cup when Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan hosted two matches and the 1986 European Cup Final between Steaua București and Barcelona. The Romanian team won the trophy back then.
There are a few ways to buy tickets for the matches held at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium. One of them is StubHub. This website almost always has a number of ticket options, and it’s the most convenient way to get a ticket.
The other ways are listed below:
- Sevilla’s official website;
- By phone – +34 902 51 00 11;
- The ticket office is located next to entrance 26 of the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium.
Prices depend on a few factors including the competition, the ticket category, the day of the week, and the importance of the game. The matches involving popular teams, and Real Betis, Sevilla’s historical rival, are the most anticipated. Unfortunately, the final time of the game is confirmed only about a week prior to the matchday. Therefore, it’s often impossible to get those tickets in advance. Nevertheless, here are the approximate prices for the ordinary home matches of Seville F.C.:
- Category 1 – 72$ and up;
- Category 2 – 56-67$;
- Category 3 – 44-56$;
- Category 4 – 22-33$.
The only sheltered areas inside Sevilla’s home ground are the Preferencia area and the backrows of the Tribuna (Fondo, Sur and Norte). If your seat is located outside of the abovementioned areas, check the weather forecast and bring a raincoat if needed.
The trip to Seville is always more than just a random football voyage. In fact, the city is often called one of the best travel destinations in Europe. Among the things you certainly can’t miss out are gourmet eateries, traditional and modern tapas, exclusive local wines, marvellous flamenco shows, artistic and architectural masterpieces. Booking.com is the platform which will help you to find the best hotel deals in Seville in no time. In my experience, it’s the safest and the most convenient website to book your accommodations almost anywhere in the world, including magnificent Seville. Be aware that the stadium has a quite centric location in Seville, so the hotels in proximity to the ground are not cheap.
- AACR Hotel Monteolivos – a seasonal outdoor pool, a free coffee corner, a 24-hour reception, and a very cosy room. That’s what you can get in this hotel standing next to the numerous bus stops, close to the train station and many local attractions. 76$ per night is a fair price for this incredible hotel located only 0.7 miles away from the main football ground of Seville.
- Hotel Virgen de los Reyes – the cheapest room for two cost 109$ in this hotel. However, it will take you only about 7 minutes to walk from your awesome room to La Bombonera. They also have excellent food and a great café next door, so you won’t be left hungry out there. But wait… In Seville, you’ll never be left hungry!
- Ayre Hotel Sevilla – is another great accommodation within walking distance from the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan arena. Their rooms are absolutely lovely. They have a nice gym and a swimming pool which is especially handy from May to September in Seville. You can enjoy staying there starting from 117$ per night.
- Melia Lebreros – if you are looking for exclusive accommodations with fantastic facilities in Seville’s commercial district, 0.3 miles from Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, look no more. This stylish hotel can satisfy nearly anyone and the price tag can be as moderate as 118$. An awesome swimming pool and a great bar are the other good reasons to choose this place.
- Hotel Sevilla Center – 15-minute-walk can quickly bring you from this hotel to the arena. This place is truly fabulous. But wait until you see the restaurant with an inspiring panoramic view! The rooms are always clean and the atmosphere is super-friendly. They usually charge about 133$ for the night.
- NH Sevilla Viapol – is an impressively cosy hotel with an ideal cleanliness and amazing staff. Most of Seville’s major sites are a 20-minute walk from this hotel or less. The stadium is a 15-minute walk. The price starts from 145$ per night.
- Hotel Novotel Sevilla – is an incredible accommodation in Seville with a lovely rooftop pool. It’s one of the best choices for 128$ price within walking distance from the main sports venue of this magnificent city.
- Hesperia Sevilla – is another great relaxing hotel option situated just by a transport hub including Nervion metro station and less than half a mile from La Bombonera. The rooms are spacious and comfortable. The price can be as low as 117$ which is great considering the value.
How to get to
There are plenty of different transport options in Seville. The main football venue of the city is located very close to the centre, making it an easy-to-access destination if you are staying in one of the hundreds of downtown hotels. Most of the city’s attractions and popular places to visit are within walking distance from the ground, which is also very convenient for a traveller. Here are some tips which may help you get to Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan from nearly anywhere in Seville in no time.
By Tube – the closest metro stations to the ground are Nervion and Gran Plaza on line 1. Seville has a new metro system launched in 2009 and it’s a very convenient, economic, and easy way to get to the stadium. The ride costs 1.45$, but a day pass for 5$ is also a great deal!
By Bus – it’s another simple and economical way of getting to Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan ground. Buses 27, 24, 21, 5, 22 28, 29, 32, B3, C1, C2, and 23 stop in the vicinity of the arena. Another lifehack is to find a news stand on the street and buy a bus card for 1.6$. Top up the card in advance and you’ll be able to enjoy the cheapest 0.7$ and 0.8$ bus rides in Seville.
By Car – there are so many ways how you can get from various parts of Seville to the stadium by car, that it’s impossible to describe all options. If you need driving direction, simply search for this in your smartphone: “Calle Sevilla Futbol Club s/n, 41005” or “Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan.” In fact, it’s almost impossible to find a car park by the arena on a matchday. I found that Parkopedia.es functions well in Seville and can often help you solve the parking issue.
By Train – the name of the city’s main train station is Sevilla Santa Justa. If you are arriving in Seville from the other Spanish major city, you will have to take off at that station. From there you’ll have to walk to the south-southeastern direction down Avenue de Kansas City for about 10-12 minutes until you reach Calle Luis Arenas Ladislao. Turn to the left and in a minute you’ll see a beautiful football ground to the right.
By Plane – there are two ways how you can get from Aeropuerto de Sevilla to Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. The first one is EA (Airport Shuttle). It costs 4$ for a single ride and it will take you half an hour to get to Luis de Morales (Luis Montoto) station. It’s a one-minute walk to the ground from there. The second option is to take a cab or to rent a car at the airport. Taxi may cost about 22-33$. In Seville, you can also save a few dollars with Lyft which is an App similar to Uber.
The parking zone inside Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan is inexistent. This means thousands of fans like you and I arrive a couple hours before the starting whistle and start searching for the car parks. However, there is always a solution. The approximate matchday paid parking price near the sports venue in Seville is 6$.
Eating out nearby
As I’ve already mentioned, many people name Seville among the best tourism destinations in Europe. Amazing food is often the thing luring people to this lovely city. Since La Bombonera de Nervion is situated in an urban area near the city centre, there are many great cafes and restaurants around there. Let’s mention some of them.
Pubs, bars & cafes
- 100 Montaditos – is a nice cafe to eat simple fast food on a budget. You can definitely enjoy drinking a beer or two there before the kick-off. They have incredibly low prices and there is even “Toda la Carta 1€” meaning “Everything on the Menu for 1€”. The distance to La Bombonera de Nervion is less than 0.7 miles.
- Cerveceria Europa Centro – is probably the closest pub to the Sevilla’s stadium, and it’s also one of the best pubs in the city. The absolute cleanliness, football atmosphere, the snacks, the cocktails, and the TV’s – everything is perfect. And have I already mentioned that “cerveceria” means “a brewery”? That’s right – this place has a lot of great beer!
- Meson de Juan – this place is quite affordable and they have wonderful tapas if you want to eat Spanish or steaks if you prefer something more traditional. The staffs are great and friendly but they don’t speak English. Fortunately, they have English menus. It’s also only a 5-minute walk from the arena.
- Casa Paco El Buen Comer – they have a nice selection of tapas and various seafood dishes. At times, it gets quite crowded and noisy because it’s a popular place in a great location. The distance to the ground is a half mile.
- Ropavieja Restaurante de Tapas – is another spot where you can enjoy the real tapas. However, they have a bunch of other worthy dishes on their menu. I can mention tuna tartare, a codfish with pineapple, and the grilled salad. The serving is truly spectacular and the venue is not overpriced.
- Restaurante Jamatelo – is a must visit in Seville. Even more so, it’s a sin to miss it out since it’s only a 15-minute walk from La Bombonera. This is one of those rare places where you get fantastic service and incredible food for an affordable price.
Things to see at the stadium
Sevilla FC has recently upgraded the list of the interesting things to do at La Bombonera. The new stadium tour and the larger museum operated by trendsetting technology should impress every football fan. They have also decreased the prices for their unique stadium tour. Apart from that, you can go to the club store located near the ground and find some fun souvenirs there. Still got more free time? Relax! The arena is situated in a dense urban area near downtown and you’ll find plenty of things to do nearby.
The new Sevilla FC RSP Stadium Tour was launched in October of 2018. It features the most important areas of the stadium and reveals some of its greatest secrets. The innovative SFC History Experience museum, the complete collection of Sevilla’s glorious trophies, VIP Boxes, press room, and changing room are among the main things you may enjoy exploring during the tour. Crucially, you’ll be able to go through the tunnel, walk onto the green pitch of La Bombonera de Nervion, and sit at the manager’s bench. The tour ticket prices are very reasonable:
- General ticket – 11$;
- Member’s ticket – 6$;
- Group ticket with a guide – 8$ (available for groups of 15 to 30 people);
- School Group – 4$.
You can buy tickets at Sevilla FC’s website. Children under 5 years old can enjoy this stadium tour for free. Unfortunately, there are no matchday tours available at this point.
In 2018, the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium celebrated its 60th anniversary and the football club Sevilla opened a new one-of-a-kind museum. Its area is over 6 times larger than the area of the old museum. It’s located in four large rooms with a number of screens and projectors for a unique experience of each visitor. The splendid journey of Sevilla FC is depicted with the help of photo expositions and advanced technologies. It’s the only place in the world where you can see the record-breaking five Europe League Cups – the club’s greatest achievement in the 21st century! The access to the new modern museum is available as part of Sevilla FC RSP Stadium Tour.
The official fan shop of the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium can be found exactly at the venue. There are two other official outlets situated in Seville. You can find the directions and work hours of the stores on Sevilla’s website. If you need to make an online purchase, it’s also a piece of cake. Simply go to the English version of Sevilla’s online shop, browse the categories, choose the merchandise, and checkout.
Things to Do in Seville
You won’t get bored in Seville because this city can offer many exciting tours, amazing shopping opportunities, great architecture, interesting historic sites, and much more. So I really recommend you not to sit in your hotel room and have fun in the best city destination for 2018 according to Lonely Planet.
Hop-on hop-off Seville is a classic tour with 14 stops in the major points of interest of this beautiful city. There is only one route but it’s truly amazing. If you only have one day to enjoy Seville, this bus tour will certainly help you to get the most from your stay. The price starts from 23$ and the programme also includes four walking tours. Some of the main stops you shouldn’t miss are Paseo de Colon, Plaza de America, Macarena, and Plaza de Espana.
Top 3 places to visit
Real Alcazar – is a beautiful medieval Muslim palace with incredibly beautiful architecture. The venue has been featured in “Game of Thrones” so if you are a fan of this show, you’ll be delighted even more than random tourists. In any case, the royal buildings are well-maintained and the only concern is it often gets crowded. Therefore, it’s a good idea to avoid going there on a weekend and during holidays.
Centro Historico de Sevilla – the historic centre of Seville is a walkable part of the city with narrow streets, stunning cathedrals, endless shops and bars, and always a friendly environment. It’s truly hard to miss it, however, you should reserve a few hours just for a pointless walk along these friendly old streets. Yes, it has a lot of tourists but it’s still always a lovely place to be at.
Parque de Maria Luisa – is a calm and idyllic urban park. It’s certainly one of the best spots for relaxation in Seville. While the park is a pearl itself, the magnificent architecture makes it truly unique. People of all ages and especially families with kids enjoy cosy benches, fountains, birds, and beautiful flowers of this park.