Atletico Madrid and Villarreal are set to make alterations to their home turf this season. The former is bound to change the name whereas the latter starts to renovate it this summer.
Los Rojiblancos' homebase, Wanda Metropolitano, is going to have a new name after their contract with Wanda Group has expired. The Chinese-based company is not likely to extend their collaboration with the La Liga side, meaning the 'Wanda' part on its name will no longer be at their venue.
Its replacement surprisingly just comes from round the corner. The Badajoz-based property development enterprise, Civitas Pacensis, has been holding talks with the club to be their main sponsor for the stadium. They reportedly are approaching to seal the deal despite having to compete with Allianz. Both parties are set to sign a-five-year agreement and Atletico will reportedly gain approximately more than €10 million per year compared to their deal with Wanda. The venue's expected new name Estadio Civitas Metropolitano shall be registered in July and ready to be launched in the upcoming season.
This real estate company's involvement in renaming Los Choconeros' latest stadium might have been predicted. It is due to the fact that Civitas has currently been one of the parties included by the club for developing the sport city in the surroundings as well. It is bound to replace their current training ground, Majadahonda.
Civitas is not exactly new in investing the fund for football. It has been known as the sponsor of two teams in women's La Liga, Liga Iberdrola, Club Baloncesto Badajoz and Civitas Santa Teresa Femenino.
In the meantime, Villarreal has begun revamping their stadium, Estadio La Ceramica this summer following their success in reaching semifinal in UEFA Champions League last season. The renovation is set to be completed in December this year. The president of Yellow Submarines, Fernando Roig made a statement regarding this project.
"It is a great satisfaction to be able to turn 100 and build a stadium in this great city. Villarreal is always in total and absolute growth. We started in the 97/98 season. During all these reforms, we have never stopped playing a game in our stadium, but now, the scope of the work does not allow it, that’s why we took advantage of this year’s World Cup."
The stadium, which was once known as El Madrigal, first built in 1923. Its name changed to La Ceramica in 2017 to honor the local industry's role in helping the stadium improvement before. The current renovation is said to cost € 35 million and will include adding the new roof to cover all sides of the venue, the space between the attendance's seats as well as the scoreboard.
As the work is taking more and less seven months, Unai Emery's men will be temporarily staging their home games in Levante's home turf, Ciutat de Valencia during the first half of the 2022/23 season. It is located only an-hour drive from their homebase.