Mestalla Stadium (Spanish: Estadio de Mestalla [esˈtaðjo ðe mesˈtaʎa], Valencian: Estadi de Mestalla [esˈtaði ðe mesˈtaʎa]) is a football stadium in Valencia, Spain. The stadium is the home of Valencia and has a capacity of 49,430 seats,[2] making it the 8th-largest stadium in Spain, and the largest in the Valencian Community.[3] The stadium's name originates from the historic irrigation canal of Mestalla, which was developed and consolidated during the Arab dynasty between the 10th and 11th centuries, and was originally outside the south stand of the stadium where it had to be jumped over in order to get to the ground.[4] [5]The North Stand of the stadium is known for its very steep section.[6]

Former namesEstadio Luis Casanova (1969–1994)
LocationAvenida Suecia, s/n
46010 - Valencia
Coordinates39°28′29″N 0°21′30″W / 39.47472°N 0.35833°W / 39.47472; -0.35833
Public transit Aragó (Lines 5 and 7)
Field size105 m × 68 m (344 ft × 223 ft)
Broke ground1923
Opened20 May 1923; 101 years ago (20 May 1923)
Construction cost316,439.20 pts (Purchase of Land)
ArchitectFrancisco Almenar Quinzá
Valencia CF (1923–present)
Spain national football team (selected matches)


Inauguration day, 20 May 1923

The Estadio Mestalla was inaugurated with a friendly match on 20 May 1923 between Valencia and Levante.[7] The new stadium had a capacity of 17,000 spectators, which was increased to 25,000 four years later. During the Civil War, the Mestalla was used as a concentration camp and storage warehouse.[8] It would only keep its structure, since the rest was an empty plot of land with no terraces and a grandstand damaged during the war.

During the 1950s, the Mestalla was renovated, resulting in a stadium with a seating capacity of 60,000 spectators. It was severely damaged by the flood of October 1957 when the Turia River broke its banks. The stadium soon returned to operational use with some more improvements, such as the addition of artificial lighting, and was inaugurated during the 1959 Fallas festivities.

In 1969, the stadium's name was changed to Estadio Luis Casanova, to honour club president Luis Casanova Giner. The change lasted for a quarter of a century, when Casanova admitted that he was completely overwhelmed by such an honour and requested in 1994 that the stadium's name be returned to the Mestalla.[9]

1972 saw the inauguration of the club's head office, located in the back of the numbered terraces. It consisted of an office designed in the avant-garde style with a trophy hall, which held the flag the club was founded on. The summer of 1973 ushered in another change at the Mestalla, the introduction of goal seats, which meant the elimination of fourteen rows of standing room terraces.



A replacement stadium, the Nou Mestalla, started construction in 2007, but is yet to be completed.[10] The new stadium is due to have a capacity of 61,500.[11]

Internationals and Cup Finals


The Mestalla held the Spain national football team for the first time in 1925. It was chosen the national team's group venue when Spain staged the 1982 World Cup,[12] and at the 1992 Summer Olympics held in Barcelona, all of Spain's matches up to the final were held at the Mestalla, as they won Gold.[13][14]

The Mestalla has been the setting for important international matches, has held nine cup finals, has also been a temporary home for Levante, home of the Spain national football team and exile for Castellón and Real Madrid in the European Cup. The Mestalla hosted four El Clásico finals in Copa del Rey between Barcelona and Real Madrid, with 1936, 1990, 2011 and 2014. In total the stadium hosted ten Copa del Rey finals with the first one played in 1926.[15]

1982 FIFA World Cup


The stadium was one of the venues of the 1982 FIFA World Cup (known as Luis Casanova Stadium at the time of the tournament), and held the following matches:

Date Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Attendance
1982-06-16   Spain 1–1   Honduras Group 5 (first round) 49,562
1982-06-20 2–1   Yugoslavia 48,000
1982-06-25 0–1   Northern Ireland 49,562




Aragó station (Line 5) Metrovalencia
Exterior view

Aragó station (Lines 5 and 7) Metrovalencia

Facultats-Manuel Broseta station (Lines 3 and 9) Metrovalencia

Bus lines:

Amadeo of Savoia street in: line 32.

Reyes Prosper street: line 71.

Avenida de Aragón: lines 10, 12, 80, 41 and 79

Avenida Blasco Ibáñez: lines 10, 29, 30, 31, 71, 79, 81, 89 and 90.


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