Soccer in Seville
Sevilla F.C. and Real Betis: The rivalry
Seville, just as the rest of Spain, has a passion for soccer. There are two first division soccer teams in the city: Real Betis Balompie and Sevilla Fútbol Club. Madrid, Barcelona and Seville are the only Spanish cities that can boast of having more than one team in the first division.
The Betis team wears green and white stripes whereas Sevilla wears all white uniforms with red sleeves and socks. The two teams play at their respective home stadiums every other weekend mainly on Sundays but never at the same time. That means that there is a first division soccer match every single weekend of the season.
Soccer season starts early in September and lasts until the end of May or early June.
Real Betis Balompie
Estadio Ruiz de Lopera (52,000 seats)
Avenida de la Palmera
Sevilla Fútbol Club
Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuan (44,000 seats)
Avenida Eduardo Dato
Don't expect this to be cheap. Soccer players are top stars and they make you pay to see them in action. Seats behind the goals (entrada de gol) cost about 20 euro. If you want good seats (tribuna or preferencia) you will need to pay more. The best thing to do is go to the stadium the day before the match and get tickets at the box office. Of course, ticket prices go up and matches tend to sell out when the visiting team is a soccer powerhouse like Barcelona or Real Madrid. As with the bullfights, avoid people who are trying to sell you tickets on the street corner. You may end up paying for a fake ticket that won't be accepted at the gate.