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HistoryEdit

The stadium holds 18,000 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. It had an initial capacity of 10,000. Floodlights were added in 1970 and a cover over the west side in 1979. 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. 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 18,000.

MatchesEdit

Spain have played four qualifiers since 1999, and an international friendly, at the ground, never conceding a goal.[1] 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.[2]

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. ^ "Estadio Carlos Belmonte". EU Football. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
  2. ^ "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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