Estadio Manuel Martínez Valero
|Other names||Nuevo Estadio del Elche C.F. (1976-1988)|
|Inauguration||08.09.1976 (Elche - Mexico, 3-3)|
|Design||Juan Boix Matarredona|
|Address||Avenida Manuel Martínez Valero 3, 03208|
Estadio Manuel Martínez Valero – stadium description
Raised in 1976 it instantly became the largest stadium in the province of Alicante. Only 6 years after opening it played host to the biggest football tournament - World Cup. Three group games of the 1982 event were played here with Belgium, Hungary and Salvador playing one another. It also had its share of fame nationwide. Spain played 5 international games here, 3 of which were official qualifying matches. In 2003 the ground hosted the famous Copa del Rey final.
The venue built along Juan Boix Matarredona's concept has 2-tiered stands in a football-specific mode, of which the lower tier accommodates 20,653 people, leaving 15,364 seats for the upper part. Steep stands make a lot better impression than the exterior which seems rather dull and neglected. Still underneath the 18-meter high construction there are pubs, restaurants and discos located, not mentioning the basic facilities like club offices and a souvenir shop.
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