Estadio Mestalla

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Estadio Mestalla


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Full name : Estadio de Mestalla
Former names : Estadio Luís Casanova (1969-1994)
Location : Valencia, Spain
Coordinates : 39° 28′ 28.76″ N, 0° 21′ 30.1″
Built : 1923
Opened : 20 May 1923
Owner : Valencia C.F.
Operator : Valencia C.F.
Surface : Grass
Construction cost : 316,439.20 pts (Purchase of Land)
Architect : Francisco Almenar Quinzá
Capacity : 55,000
Field dimensions : 105 x 70 m
Tenants : Valencia C.F.

Estadio Mestalla is a football stadium in Valencia, Spain. The stadium is the
home ground of Valencia C.F. With a capacity of 55,000 seats, it ranks as the
fifth largest stadium in Spain. It is also renowned for its steep terracing and
being o ne  of the  most   intimidating   atmospheres in all  of Europe in
which to play.

In 2009, the team is expected to move into the Nou Mestalla, a state of the
art stadium with a seat capacity of 75,000, located in Valencia.

History


On 20 May 1923, the Mestalla pitch was inaugurated with a friendly match that
brought Valencia CF and Levante UD face to face. It was the beginning of a new
era that meant farewell to the old place, Algirós, which will always remain in
the memories of the Valencians as first home of the club. A long history has
treaded on the Mestalla field since its very beginning, when the Valencia team
was not yet in the Primera División. Back then, this stadium could hold 17,000
spectators, and in that time the club started to show its potential in regional
championships, which led the managers of that time to carry out the first
alterations of Mestalla in 1927. The stadium’s total capacity increased to
25,000 before it became severely damaged during the Civil War.

Mestalla was used as concentration camp and junk warehouse. It would only
keep its structure, since the rest was a lonely plot of land with no terraces and
a stand broken during the war. Once the Valencian pitch was renovated,
Mestalla saw how the team managed to bring home their first title, the 1941
Cup. An overwhelming team was playing on the grass of the redesigned
Valencian stadium in that decade, team that conquered three League titles and
two Cups with the legendary ‘electric forwards’ of Epi, Amadeo, Mundo, Asensi
and  Guillermo   Gorostiza.  Those   years of sporting success also served as
support to recover little by little the Mestalla ground.

During the decade of the fifties, the Valencia ground experienced the deepest
change in its whole history. That project resulted in a stadium with a capacity
of 45,500 spectators. It was a dream that was destroyed by the flood that
flooded Valencia in October 1957 after the overflowing of the Turia River.
Nevertheless, Mestalla not only returned to normality, but also some more
improvements were added, like artificial light, which was inaugurated during
the  1959   Fallas festivities. This  was  the  beginning of  a new  change for
the Mestalla.

During the sixties, the stadium kept the same appearance, whilst the urban
view around it was quickly being transformed. Moreover, the Valencian
domain became from that moment on, the setting of big European feats.
Nottingham Forest was the first foreign team that played an official match in
Mestalla with the “Che” club. They played on the 15th of September of 1961
and it was the first clash of a golden age full of continental successes, rein-
forced with the Fairs Cup won in 1962 and 1963. Mestalla had just entered the
European competitions as a stadium where the most important events were
taking place.

From 1969, the expression “Anem a Mestalla” (Let’s go to Mestalla), so common
among the supporters, started to fall into oblivion. The reason was the change
of name that meant a  big tribute that the club paid to  his most symbolic pre-
sident that lasted for a quarter of a century. Luis Casanova Giner admitted that
he was completely overwhelmed by such honour, and the president himself
requested in 1994 that his name was again replaced by the name of Mestalla, as
it happened. At the beginning of the seventies, the local bench of the back-then
-called Luis Casanova stadium was occupied by Alfredo Di Stéfano, whose
results were the winning of one League competition, one second place in the
League and two Cup finals lost by the minimum difference. Moreover, Valencia
participated for the first time in the European Cup and made their debut in the
UEFA Cup. It all was a series of events that made that every match in the sta-
dium located in Suecia Avenue turned into a big party.

In 1972 the head office of the club, located in the back of the numbered ter-
races, was inaugurated. It consisted of an office of avant-garde style with a
worth mentioning trophy hall, which held the foundation flag of the club. In
the summer of 1973 there was another new thing, the goal seats, which meant
the elimination of fourteen rows of standing terraces providing more comfort
and an adjustment to the new times. Valencia’s management started to con-
sider the possibility of moving Mestalla from its present location to some land
in the outskirts of the town, but finally the project was turned down and some
years later.

At that time, Mario Kempes was the best footballer in the world and was play
ing for Valencia. With the Matador in its team, Valencia won the Copa del Rey,
the Cup Winners Cup and European Super Cup in consecutive years. The “Che”
team became continental superchampion in the last European final played in
Mestalla. It was in 1980 against Nottingham Forest, which oddly enough was
the first foreign team that had played an official match in the Valencian
stadium.

Mestalla, which in 1925 had held the first match of the Spain national football
team in Valencia, was chosen as the perfect setting for the debut of Spain in
the 1982 World Cup, although the performance of the combined national team
was not finally what was expected. Ten years later, the Olympic team would
look for support in the Valencian stadium, this time with a very different result
since the selected young footballers finally got the gold medal in the 1992
Summer Olympics held in Barcelona.

Mestalla has been the setting for important international matches, has held
several Cup finals, has been seat for Levante UD, home of the Spanish national
team and exile for Castellón and Real Madrid in the European Cup; it has seen
important footballers like Mario Kempes, Maradona or Pelé himself running on
its grass and above all, it has lived the most important feats of Valencia Club
de Fútbol.

Thank You For DATA And Image : http://en.wikipedia.org

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