As most readers are likely to know, there are two teams that hail from the city of Seville: Real Betis and Sevilla FC – you can read here all about the history of football in Seville from the start of the 20th century.
This means that every week there will more than likely be a football match in the city, with each team playing on alternate weekends, although this depends on the La Liga calendar. Of course, if you are on BlogBetis, you’ll probably be wondering how you can watch the majestic Real Betis live. Below you’ll find a full guide to attending a Betis football match at the Benito Villamarín.
Real Betis Balompié play their home matches at the Estadio Benito Villamarín. The Villamarín is a unique stadium in that it has gone through several make-overs, which has given it a some-what charming character. However, the summer of 2017 has brought around change and the club has completely renovated the Gol Sur (South Stand) section and changed the look of the other stands, to give the stadium a much more uniform look.
The atmosphere has always been incredible, especially pre-match when the Real Betis ‘hymn’ (Himno del Betis) gets blasted out and sung by 50,000 fans. From 2017 the atmosphere is set to become even better as the Gol Sur remodelling is set to add an extra 10,000 to the capacity, bringing the total to 60,720. In doing so making it the 4th largest stadium in Spain behind Barcelona’s Camp Nou, Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu and Atletico’s new stadium Wanda Metropolitano. Big matches at the Benito Villamarin will sell-out but you’ll usually be able to pick up tickets for other games without too much difficulty.
Where is the Benito Villamarín Stadium?
The stadium is located in the south of the city, around 2 miles (3.5km) from the city centre in an area called Heliópolis. You’ll find the stadium on one of the main roads into the city called Avenida de Jerez, which turns into the Paseo de la Palmera and then the Paseo de las Delicias as you reach the centre.
How can I get there?
To walk from the centre of Seville is fairly, flat simple but it would take around 45 minutes from the cathedral. This is not a bad option in the day, but for later kick offs it may be best to make alternative plans.
There are plenty of buses that run from the centre to the stadium, specifically lines 1, 2, 3 and 34. If you’re located nearby to the main Prado bus station, line 1 and 34 will take you right there, and line 37 will take you within a 5 minute walk. This tussam bus stop map should help you out. Tussam are the main public transport operator in Seville, so if you require any extra information, take a look at their website – www.tussam.es. Please double check these lines before you travel.
On a wider front, with Seville being one of Spain’s major cities, it’s also home to an active international airport (SVQ) and train station (Santa Justa train station). You’ll find Santa Justa almost right in the middle of the city and the airport around 10km North East of the centre.
From the UK, you can currently fly to Seville with Easyjet (Gatwick, Luton), Ryanair (Stansted) and British Airways (Gatwick). As you’ll notice these flights are very southern-centric. However, from October 2017 there are set to be a new batch of UK airports flying to Seville, which means you’ll be able to fly from Manchester to Seville with Ryanair – great news for those based in the North of England. All major countries have outbound flights to Seville.
Buying Real Betis tickets
A few things that you must take into account when buying tickets:
- Make sure the match date and time is correct and final – the Spanish FA are notoriously unorganised and will only fully confirm matches a few days before, although a general date is given well in advance. Check.
- A match will usually take place on Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday. As Betis aren’t currently playing in Europe mid-week, they tend to be given more than their fair share of Friday matches, so again, double check the date and day of play.
- Ticket prices will vary – there are a number of factors that come in to play, such as the opponent, the seat location in the ground, the competition, the day it’s on, whether there is a special promotion.
- You won’t be able to buy your tickets very far in advance. As mentioned, most games won’t be sold out so for the majority of the time, buying a ticket a few days before the game or even on the day, is entirely possible.
- Taquilla (ticket office) – this is how most people, who aren’t season ticket holders, get hold of a ticket. I know most organised people would like a ticket in their hands a few weeks prior to the game, but this isn’t going to happen. The ticket office is located at the stadium, and according to the official Real Betis website, is open at the following times:
- When Betis are playing at home: Monday to Friday: 10 am to 2 pm and 5 pm to 8 pm
- When Betis are playing away: Monday to Friday: 10 am to 2 pm and 5 pm to 8 pm. Friday: 10 am to 2 pm
- If you’d like specific information, you can email: [email protected]
- It is possible to buy tickets online from unofficial vendors (I’m talking about Stubhub and Viagogo etc), however, I’ve seen some astronomical prices (over £200 per ticket), which is horrendous. Do not get ripped off like this.
- Take a look at which seats you’d like in advance (note the image below hasn’t been updated to include the new Gol Sur layout). Preferencia offer the best seats in the house.
- Once you have your ticket, a quick Spanish lesson: ‘Puerta’ is the door number that you enter from outside the stadium, ‘Fila’ is the row, and ‘Número’ is your seat number.
If you feel that any of the information in this guide is out-dated and needs updating, do get in contact.
The city of Seville is a magical place with fantastic bars, food, sites and weather. Do make sure you visit and be sure to take in a Real Betis game whilst you are there.