Girona spending big on Montilivi upgradesOctober 10, 2017
The current Girona stadium, the Montilivi, was opened in 1970. Since being promoted to the top division this year, Girona have been spending big to upgrade their home.
At the time of promotion, Montilivi only had a capacity for 9,200 spectators. Over the summer, the club increased the capacity to 13,500. A small, but notable increase to make it the third smallest stadium in La Liga today.
Which Spanish clubs have the biggest stadiums?
No surprises with the top three:
- Camp Nou (Barcelona) – 99,354
- Bernabeu (Real Madrid) – 81,044
- Wanda Metropolitano (Athlético Madrid) – 67,703
But the order of the rest of the top 10 might be surprising:
- Benito Villamarín (Real Betis) – 60,720
- San Mamés (Athletico Bilbao) – 53,289
- Mestalla (Valencia) – 49,500
- Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán (Sevilla) – 42,714
- RCDE Stadium (Espanyol) – 40,500
- La Romareda (Zaragoza – Second Division) – 34,596
- Martinez Valero (Elche – Second Division B) – 33,732
Additional improvements at the Montilivi
Girona also expanded their press room. Logically, with the additional media attention top division teams attract, they needed to increase the size of the space. The club was also forced to expand its visitor dressing rooms. The existing ones were too small to accommodate some of the large top division support teams. Finally, Girona also made improvements with a new lighting system and an upgraded pitch.
Girona investing in its top division ambitions
All in all, these changes have already cost the club over 4 million euros. Considering the fact that season tickets have gone up around 100-200 euros, and that there are more seats available to sell, it will be a worthwhile investment.
At any rate, now that Girona has a new major stakeholder in the City Football Group, perhaps they feel confident to spend. City owns a 44.3% share in Girona, an identical holding to Girona Football Group. Girona is the sixth club in City Football Group’s widening portfolio.