Estadio Carlos Belmonte

Estadio Carlos Belmonte is a multi-purpose stadium in Albacete, Spain. It is used mostly for football matches and is the home ground of Albacete Balompié.

Carlos Belmonte
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LocationAlbacete, Spain
Coordinates38°58′52.02″N 1°51′07.71″W / 38.9811167°N 1.8521417°W / 38.9811167; -1.8521417Coordinates: 38°58′52.02″N 1°51′07.71″W / 38.9811167°N 1.8521417°W / 38.9811167; -1.8521417
OwnerAyuntamiento de Albacete
OperatorAyuntamiento de Albacete
Capacity17,524 [1]
Field size105 metres (115 yd) x 68 metres (74 yd)
Opened1960
Tenants
Albacete (1960–present)

HistoryEdit

The stadium holds 17,524[2] and was built in 1960. It replaced the ageing Campo del Parque and was inaugurated on 9 September 1960 with a match against Sevilla FC, which attended more than 12,000 people.[3] It had an initial capacity of 10,000. Floodlights were added in 1970 and a cover over the west side in 1979. The lighting towers also were constructed in 1970s.[3] Following promotion to La Primera in 1991, the east side of the ground was developed with the building of a twin-decked cantilevered stand. This took the capacity of the ground up to 14,000 with only half of them being seated places.[3] Further development in 1998 saw the removal of the athletics track, and the building of two open banks of seats at either end of the pitch. The north bank development also included new changing facilities. The pitch was also lowered in 1998 and a new stand was erected on the west side. This resulted in an increased capacity of 17,524. The last reconstruction of the stadium took place in 2017 bankrolled by the new club owner, Skyline International. The changes aimed to modernize the image of the Estadio Carlos Belmonte introducing new stands for VIP guests, press room, changing rooms and tunnels.[3]

MatchesEdit

Spain have played four qualifiers since 1999, and an international friendly, at the ground, never conceding a goal.[4] They played their last qualifying game for the 2014 FIFA World Cup against Georgia at the stadium on 15 October 2013, winning 2-0 with goals from Álvaro Negredo and Juan Mata.[5]

Fernando Torres scored his first ever goal in senior football in this stadium in 2001 in a 2nd division clash with Atletico Madrid.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Cope.es (2019-06-16). "Mallorca - Deportivo, final del play off de ascenso a Primera". COPE (in Spanish). Retrieved 2020-01-24.
  2. ^ "Estadio carlos belmonte - albacete balompié". Football Tripper. 2014-08-16. Retrieved 2020-01-03.
  3. ^ a b c d "Estadio Municipal Carlos Belmonte | Albacete Balompié". Estadio Municipal Carlos Belmonte | Albacete Balompié (in Spanish). Retrieved 2020-01-03.
  4. ^ "Estadio Carlos Belmonte". EU Football. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
  5. ^ "World Cup qualifiers: Holders Spain secured their passage with a 2-0 win over Georgia". Sky Sports News. 15 October 2013. Retrieved 9 August 2014.

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