Villarreal Football Club: Stadium Tours and Ticket Information

Located in the province of Castellón in eastern Spain, the small city of Villarreal lies 65km north-east of Valencia. It is home to Villarreal Football Club which has risen from humble beginnings to become one of the country’s top football clubs. Home matches are played at El Estadio de la Cerámica, a venue which has been the Villarreal football stadium for more than a century.

Villarreal CF might be relative newcomers to the European football scene but they’ve been around for longer than you might think. Founded in 1923, they didn’t turn professional until the 1970s when the club joined the regional divisions. After years of moving between the second and third tiers, Villarreal finally earned promotion to La Liga in 1998. Their first season saw them survive relegation on the last day.

Villarreal Football Club: Estadio de la Cerámica
Villarreal Football Club Stadium: Estadio de la Cerámica – Image Villarreal CF

The turn of the century marked a golden era for Villarreal CF. With star players like Riquelme and Forlán leading the attack, and Manuel Pellegrini masterminding from the dugout, the club had their best ever finish in La Liga in 2008 when they finished runners-up. The club also became a force in Europe, winning the Intertoto Cup in 2003 and 2004 and reaching the Champions League semi-final in 2006.

Following relegation from La Liga in 2012, Villarreal bounced back the next season and re-established themselves in Spain’s top tier. In 2021 they won their first major European trophy, the UEFA Europa League, defeating Manchester United in the final on penalties.

On the back of this European success, Villarreal returned to the Champions League in style in 2022. They beat Juventus and then Bayern Munich in the knockout stage to reach the semi-finals where they were finally defeated by Liverpool. This historic run underscored their emergence as one of Spain’s elite clubs.

History of Villarreal CF Stadium

Villarreal CF’s stadium dates back to 1923 when it hosted its first match under the name Campo del Villarreal. The venue was renamed El Madrigal in 1925 since it was situated near an area of the same name. The first match hosted was between two teams from the nearby city of Castellón. In order to generate sponsorship revenue, the stadium was rebranded as Estadio de la Cerámica in 2017 in recognition of the region’s prominent ceramics industry. Located in the Plaza del Labrador, the stadium is municipally owned and has a capacity of 23,000 spectators.

In recent years Villarreal CF has undertaken an ambitious renovation of Estadio de la Cerámica in order to modernize the facilities and create a premier European sporting venue. This €50 million project has seen the entire stadium enclosed under a new roof with cutting-edge amenities throughout the arena. The newly renovated stadium will promote not just the football club, but also the city of Villarreal and the region’s ceramic industry.

Villarreal Football Club: Stadium Tours

Football fans visiting the region can enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of Estadio de la Cerámica. Villarreal stadium tours are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9am to 1pm and 4pm to 5pm, excluding matchdays and the day before or after a game. Visitors can walk through the tunnel to the pitch, sit in the dugout and visit the press room and locker rooms. More exclusive areas will be opened once stadium renovations are complete. Tours are limited to 60 people and last about an hour. Check out the Villarreal Football Club Website for current information on stadium tours.

Villarreal Football Club: El Estadio de la Cerámica Stadium
Villarreal Football Club – El Estadio de la Cerámica

Villarreal Football Fixtures 2023-24

Provisional DateHome TeamAway TeamVenue
24/09/2023Rayo VallecanoVillarreal CFEstadio de Vallecas
27/09/2023Villarreal CFGirona FCEstadio de la Cerámica
01/10/2023Getafe CFVillarreal CFColiseum Alfonso Pérez
08/10/2023Villarreal CFUD Las PalmasEstadio de la Cerámica
22/10/2023Villarreal CFDeportivo AlavésEstadio de la Cerámica
29/10/2023Granada CFVillarreal CFNuevo Los Cármenes
05/11/2023Villarreal CFAthletic ClubEstadio de la Cerámica
12/11/2023Atlético de MadridVillarreal CFCivitas Metropolitano
26/11/2023Villarreal CFCA OsasunaEstadio de la Cerámica
03/12/2023Sevilla FCVillarreal CFRamón Sánchez-Pizjuán
10/12/2023Villarreal CFReal SociedadEstadio de la Cerámica
17/12/2023Real MadridVillarreal CFEstadio Santiago Bernabéu
20/12/2023Villarreal CFRC CeltaEstadio de la Cerámica
03/01/2024Valencia CFVillarreal CFCamp de Mestalla
14/01/2024UD Las PalmasVillarreal CFEstadio Gran Canaria
21/01/2024Villarreal CFRCD MallorcaEstadio de la Cerámica
28/01/2024FC BarcelonaVillarreal CFEstadi Olímpic Lluís Companys
04/02/2024Villarreal CFCádiz CFEstadio de la Cerámica
11/02/2024Deportivo AlavésVillarreal CFMendizorroza
18/02/2024Villarreal CFGetafe CFEstadio de la Cerámica
25/02/2024Real SociedadVillarreal CFReale Arena
03/03/2024Villarreal CFGranada CFEstadio de la Cerámica
10/03/2024Real BetisVillarreal CFEstadio Benito Villamarín
17/03/2024Villarreal CFValencia CFEstadio de la Cerámica
31/03/2024Villarreal CFAtlético de MadridEstadio de la Cerámica
14/04/2024Athletic ClubVillarreal CFEstadio San Mamés
21/04/2024UD AlmeríaVillarreal CFPower Horse Stadium
28/04/2024Villarreal CFRayo VallecanoEstadio de la Cerámica
05/05/2024RC CeltaVillarreal CFEstadio ABANCA Balaídos
12/05/2024Villarreal CFSevilla FCEstadio de la Cerámica
15/05/2024Girona FCVillarreal CFEstadio Municipal de Montilivi
19/05/2024Villarreal CFReal MadridEstadio de la Cerámica
26/05/2024CA OsasunaVillarreal CFEstadio El Sadar
The Spanish FA Website confirm all fixtures and kick-off times about 10 days before the match.

How to Get Villarreal Football Tickets

You’ll rarely have any problem getting tickets for most matches although they may sell out for matches against FC Barcelona, Real Madrid and, local rivals, Valencia CF. You can order tickets online on the Official Villarreal CF Website. Alternatively, tickets are sold at the stadium store which is open from Monday to Saturday (10am to 6pm) including matchdays. The club also has an official store in the town centre.

Villarreal Results and Match Stats (2023-24)