LaLiga football grounds: A rough guide (part VI)
From Asturias to the Mediterranean coast, our final look at twenty clubs in the Spanish top flight and their respective football grounds.
Our sixth and final instalment in the look at all 20 LaLiga team's stadia takes in Sporting Gijon, Valencia and Villarreal.
Sporting's El Molinón stadium is the oldest football ground in the top flight following it's inauguration in 1908. The ground can hold 25.885 spectators. The ground was used to hold three Group 2 games during the 1982 World Cup including the infamous 1-0 win for Germany over Austria (The Disgrace of Gijon as the game became to be known) that suited both sides and prompted FIFA to subsequently schedule final group games at simultaneous kick-off times.
A city derby between Valencia and Levante opened Mestalla on May 20th 1923 and the current incarnation of the stadium after many upgrades holds 55.000 fans. Mestalla has been one of the key grounds in Spanish football when it comes to hosting the final of the Copa del Rey and is set to lose it's status as third biggest ground in Spain as Atletico move to their new San Blas based stadium.
The newly named “Estadio de La Cerámica” (formerly El Madridgal) was christened on January 8, 2017 and boasts a capacity of 25.000 spectators. The original ground was unimaginatively called “Campo de Villarreal” upon it's opening in 1923. Recent success and European football have seen the ground remodelled and the stadium boasts possibly the worst view for away fans in the Spanish top flight.
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