The Spanish Tennis Federation (RFET) has nominated the Olympic Stadium in Seville to stage this year’s Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Final, which sees Spain face Argentina on 2-4 December. The tie will be played on clay under a temporary roof.
Spain booked their place in the Final with a 4-1 victory over France in Cordoba, while Argentina progressed after claiming an impressive 3-2 win against defending champions Serbia in Belgrade.
The last time Spain and Argentina met was in the 2008 Final, when the Spaniards recorded a shock 3-1 scoreline in Mar del Plata. This time the Argentines will be the underdogs against Rafael Nadal and Co.
Seville’s Olympic Stadium also hosted the 2004 Final, when Spain defeated USA 3-2 to win their second title. The tie attracted 27,200 spectators daily, which remains the largest ever crowd at an officially sanctioned tennis match.
The large multi-purpose venue, equipped with a running track, opened in 1999 and was used in the unsuccessful bids to host the Summer Olympic Games in 2004 and 2008.
It has since hosted a range of events, from the UEFA Cup Final to concerts with U2 and Madonna. Seville’s two major football teams, Real Betis and Sevilla, have also expressed an interest in playing home games there while their respective stadiums are renovated.
The Olympic Stadium’s total capacity is over 57,000, although for Davis Cup only half the stadium will be in use. For the 2004 Final, a court was set up at one end to make use of some permanent seating in conjunction temporary stands.
The exact capacity for this year’s Final is still to be confirmed, while ticket details will also be announced in due course.