Estadio de Mestalla

Estadio (Camp) de Mestalla is the home stadium of Valencia CF. It has a capacity of 55,000 seats.

The stadium opened on the 20th of May 1923 with a friendly between Valencia and Levante. Initially the stadium could house 17,000 fans, but this was quickly increased to 25,000. During the Spanish civil war the stadium served as a concentration camp and junk yard. Not much remained of the stadium after the war.

The stadium was soon rebuilt after the war had ended and extended in the 1950s to a capacity of 45,000. Part of the stadium collapsed however after the river Tùria flooded the city in 1957. The stadium was again rebuilt and in 1962 Nottingham Forest was the first foreign team to play in the Mestalla.

In 1969 the stadium was renamed after former president Luis Casanova, an honor that overwhelmed him so much that he asked in 1994 to change the name back to Mestalla again.

The stadium was further remodelled before the 1982 World Cup, at which the stadium hosted all of Spain’s three group matches.

It recently underwent a latest renovation resulting in its current state and capacity.

In 2007 the club started the construction of a new 75,000 stadium which was planned to be finished in the summer of 2009. However, due to funding difficulties works were halted early 2009 and are yet to resume.

Getting there

Estadio de Mestalla lies just outside Valencia’s old city centre. From the cathedral in the centre and the main train station (Estación del Norte) it takes you a mere 20 minutes to make the pleasant 1.5-kilometre walk east toward the stadium. While doing so you cross a park where once the river Tùria ran (now redirected). Following the park 2 kilometres south brings you to Calatrava’s famous City of Arts and Sciences.

From other parts of the city the stadium can be reached by metro. Metro stop Aragón, on line 5, lies next to the stadium. Line 5 will also bring you to the airport.

If you arrive by car from the north, the A7 motorway (which connects Valencia with Barcelona) will bring you almost directly to the stadium. Get off the A7 by taking the V-21 into town, and once the motorway turns into a normal avenue all you have to do is drive straight on until you see the stadium on your right.

Arriving from the A3 direction Madrid, take the Avenida del Cid into town. Turn left after the hospital and right at where the old Tùria riverbed begins. Follow the riverbed park for several kilometres until you see the Calatrava bridge. Cross the bridge and you have reached the stadium.

Address: Avenida Suecia s/n, 46010 Valencia

Tickets

Tickets for Valencia games can be purchased online via Servicaixa or Ticketmaster, in person at one of the Fenamix sales points, in person at one of the 7 VCF Valencia shops, or at the stadium’s ticket office.

Prices for tickets range from €10.00 to €80.00. Tickets tend to be available for most of Valencia’s matches.

Stadium tours

Valencia organises guided stadium tours around the Mestalla. The tour includes access to the dressing rooms, players’ tunnel, press room, VIP boxes, dugouts, and stadium chapel. The tour lasts about 45 minutes.

Tours run Monday to Friday at 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 5:00 pm, and 6:00 pm. On Saturday and Sunday tours only run in the morning at 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, and 1:00 pm.

The tour costs €7.00. Reservations can be made by phone +34 902 01 19 19, online, or at any of the Valencia VCF shops. Walk-ups will be accepted only if there are available places on the tour.

Relevant Internet links:

Valenciacf.com – Official website of Valencia CF.
Turisvalencia.com – Official tourism website for Valencia.
Metrovalencia.es – Travel information on the Valencia metro.

Tags: 1923, 1982 World Cup, Primera División, Spain, Valencia, Valencia CF, World Cup stadium

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