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Scotland fans in Spain: Matchday guide to Estadio La Cartuja

Scotland's amazing run of form in Group A of the UEFA 2024 European Qualifiers means Steve Clarke's side can qualify with just one point in their away fixture in Spain.

In fact, the Scots need only one point from their remaining three games – or for Norway to drop a single point – to secure qualification for next summer's Euro 2024 tournament, hosted in Germany.

It means that the Tartan Army can enjoy their remaining three games in the group, and where better to go for a party than sunny Seville, where they will face Spain in Thursday night's away match?

Scotland, who already beat Spain at Hampden Park earlier in the group, will be looking to remain unbeaten when they play at the Estadio de La Cartuja, and their fans will be hoping their trip to Spain will be an enjoyable one.

Here's a matchday guide for Scotland fans in Spain, and details for those at home on what the events are like out in Andalucia…

What is the La Cartuja Stadium like?

With a 57,619 capacity, the La Cartuja Stadium is the fifth largest stadium in Spain. Located in Seville, the multi-purpose stadium was built in 1999 and is mostly used for football. Although there are two La Liga sides from the Andalucian city, neither one of Real Betis or Sevilla FC play at the La Cartuja Stadium. Real Betis play at Estadio Benito Villamarín and Sevilla FC at Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán.

How many Scotland fans in Spain?

Scotland fans in Spain will hope to be celebrating like this with a point at La Cartuja Stadium to secure Euro 2024 qualification
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With a chance that they could clinch qualification in Spain, many Scottish fans will want to be there to witness the achievement. However, tickets for the game are like gold dust for the away fans, with the Spanish FA only giving Scotland 3,800 tickets, in a stadium that has a capacity of 57,619.

This seems to be a tiny amount; however, we are sure there will be way more than that number of Scottish fans traveling over to Spain.

Where do the Scotland fans stand in the La Cartuja Stadium?

Scotland fans in Spain - there will be a big Tartan Army in Seville
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Scottish fans have been allocated the north-east corner – between 121B-225 in the middle tier and 221B-225A above – as well as 121-125 closest to the pitch.

Full fans' matchday guide for Spain vs Scotland

For those who are traveling over without tickets and are looking to just soak in the atmosphere in Seville, there are plenty of places to visit. Here are some of the top spots Scottish fans should check out whilst over there.

Where to eat & drink for Scottish fans in Seville

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Scotland fans in Spain will be delighted to know that a beer in Seville costs around €2.50, while imported beer bottles will set you back only €3. Cruzcampo is the major local beer, brewed nearby.

Drink your hearts away, but don't miss out on the food. Any fans would be left disappointed if they went to the south of Spain and didn't try the cuisine in Seville. You're in true tapas country in Andalucia.

Seville has a river running through the middle of it. On the left side of the river, the Triana district is filled to the brim with bars serving drinks and good quality tapas. Football Ground Guide can recommend Casa Cuesta, Las Golondrinas – Antillano Campos, La Antigua Abaceria, Bar Santa Ana, and La Grande. All those are in Triana.

For eating, avoid the area on the other side of the river to Triana. You need to walk a little further away from the river and north to find the best places. For Football Ground Guide, the very best of these is Bar Alfalfa which is nearby several other prime options including Bodega La Aurora, BuenTrago Alfalfa, and Bar El Comercio. So, get tucking in!

When you're just in the mood for drinking, the most vibrant spot in Seville is the Alameda de Hercules. The plaza has around 50 different bars and restaurants and full of different options, such as the Gigante cocktail bar and the 1987 Bar, which is stuck in a time warp (in the year 1987 obviously).

Ticket collection info for Scotland fans in Seville

Tickets can be collected at the stadium the day before or on the day of the match. Most Scottish fans will have already collected their or had them delivered through post a week in advance.

It is advised not to buy any ‘away tickets' from locals who are selling as these are more than likely going to turn out to be fraudulent.

How to get to the La Cartuja Stadium

Depending on where you are staying (or drinking before the match), there are numerous routes and modes of transport you can take to get to the La Cartuja Stadium. These are the routes to take if you are traveling from the city center.

By bus, there are three routes you can take that will leave you near the stadium. They are the 02, C1, and C2. It takes approximately 30 mins (depending on where you get on).

If you are traveling by train, it is the C2 route that you are looking for. It takes 18 minutes from the city center to the La Cartuja Stadium.

If you decide you want to stay in the pub a little longer and don't fancy public transport, then taxis are available around the city. You might have to take these anyway, as public transport gets busy around kick-off.

Alternatively, you may want to take in the beautiful city of Seville and walk from your location to the stadium. You will most likely get the weather for it as well.

How to get Euro 2024 tickets

Fans hoping to buy Euro 2024 tickets at the first possible opportunity must apply to the ballot between Tuesday 3 October and Thursday 26 October 2023. After this application process, tickets will be allowed through a ballot, or lottery.

You can read our full guide here.


Philip O'Rourke

Philip O Rourke is a Dublin-based journalist and author of Forgotten Football Clubs, 50 Clubs Around the World. He appears on the Forgotten Football Clubs podcast and, in his spare time, travels around Europe to different football stadiums, trying to watch as many different clubs as he can.

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