AFC - VCF
Jul, 30 / 16:00 Matchday
The prestigious British newspaper published a special content on their sports section about the 20 greatest grounds in European football on the occasion of FC Barcelona to revamp their ground for the 2020/21 campaign. Mestalla is been ranked second no less. ‘The Telegraph’ describe our fans as the most demanding fans in Spain and the most atmospheric arena and” The steepest stands of any major ground in Europe still take the breath away, even if you have seen them a thousand times”.
Mestalla is above other Spanish grounds on the ranking such as: Camp Nou, Santiago Bernabéu y Vicente Calderón and other legendary grounds such as: Parc des Princes, Anfield, Allianz Arena, Old Trafford, Giuseppe Meazza , only overcomed by Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund.
The Mediterranean motorway A-7, which connects Valencia to the rest of Europe, takes you directly to the Mestalla Stadium. Once you leave the motorway, you just have to follow the dual carriageway that takes you to Cataluña Avenue, and on to Aragón Avenue, where you can already see the towers of the stadium.
That connects the city to Madrid and that is also the access road from the airport, you shall take Cid Avenue. After passing the Hospital General Universitario you must take the diversion to the left which takes you to the Turia old riverbed along 9 de Octubre Street. Without crossing the river we take Paseo de la Pechina, on the right of the old riverbed. Continuing straight ahead until Calatrava Bridge -which stands out for its peculiar shape of a hair comb - and after crossing it you can already see the Valencia stadium at the end of the street.
We can arrive in Valencia by the A-7 from the South. Entering Valencia, we are on Ausiàs March Avenue. Straight to Manuel Sanchis Guarner square and then turn right on Peris y Valero and straight again until we cross Àngel Custodi Bridge, across the Turia old riverbed. After crossing the river we take the detour to the left on Paseo de la Alameda, and at the roundabout of Zaragoza square we turn right on Aragón Avenue, which takes us directly to the stadium.
We can take a taxi to the stadium or, if we decide to walk (it is approximately a 20-minute walk), we can take Menéndez Pidal Avenue to the left, which takes along the riverbed to Llano del Real, opposite Jardines de Viveros. Here we take Micer Mascó Street, which takes us to the stadium. We can also take the city bus line number 80 opposite the main Coach Station and get down in Aragón Avenue, right by the Mestalla Stadium.
You can access the capital town by the Ademuz dual carriageway, which connects to Cortes Valencianas Avenue. After the second roundabout at the entrance of the city, we keep on straight under the tunnel that takes us to Ademuz Bridge. After crossing the Turia old riverbed, we continue left on Paseo de la Pechina always having the riverbed to our left. When arriving to Calatrava Bridge we cross the old riverbed again and straight on we will find the Mestalla pitch.
We can take a taxi that takes us to the stadium or the bus line 10 in Ayuntamiento square -opposite the railway station, 2-minute walk-, which takes us to Aragón Avenue opposite the stadium.
the stadium is a 20-30 minute taxi ride (depending on traffic into the city), and should cost around 16€-20€.
The Metro Line 5 (green) train towards Marítím Serrería goes direct from the airport to Aragón station, which is just outside the stadium. Tickets are cheap, and the journey talkes around 25 minutes.
Imagine stepping into the press room, the dressing room and coming out of the tunnel onto the pitch, whilst hearing the cheers of the fans. If you want to find out all the secrets and curiosities of Mestalla, then visit the Mestalla Forever Tour. Our guides will accompany you on a fascinating tour of the most interesting areas of the stadium, which will tell the history and the most important stories of Valencia Club de Fútbol.
Mestalla has been the stage for the majority of Valencia Club de Fútbol’s home history. Given the name of one of the canals that irrigate the city, mentioning Mestalla today evokes memories of great sporting moments, important events of all kinds and, above all, excellent nights of football. Many generations of Valencianistas have passed through the gates of Mestalla, all united by a common feeling and passion for Valencia CF. The Mestalla stadium was inaugurated on May 20th, 1923 with a friendly game between Valencia CF and Levante UD. It was the beginning of a new era that meant bidding farewell to the old ground, Algirós, which will always have a place in history as the first home of the club. Since Mestalla was first used, when Valencia CF were not yet in even in the Primera División, much has happened. Even then, the stadium could hold 17,000 spectators, and in that time the club started to show its potential in regional championships, which spurred the board at the time to carry out the first renovations at Mestalla 1927. Its total capacity had increased to 25,000 seats before it became one of the grounds most damaged in the Civil War. Mestalla was used as a concentration camp and junkyard. It only kept its structure, with just a single stand during the conflict. Once the ground was renovated, Mestalla was the backdrop for VCF’s first trophy: The Cup in 1941. The remodelled venue became a place to see the legendary ‘delantera electrica’ of Epi, Amadeo, Mundo, Asensi and Gorostiza, who helped the team to three league titles and two cups. These years of sporting success also served as help in restoring Mestalla to its former glory. During the fifties, the ground experienced the deepest change in its history –a project that resulted in a stadium with a capacity of 45,500. A problem was experienced when the heaviest flood in Valencia’s history damaged it in October 1957, after the overflowing of the River Turia. Nevertheless, Mestalla not only returned to normal, but experienced some improvements, such as artificial lighting inaugurated during the Fallas of 1959. During the sixties, the stadium kept the same appearance, whilst the urban landscape around it quickly transformed. The Valencian fortress became, from this time onwards, the scene of big European achievements. Nottingham Forest were the first foreign team to play an official match at Mestalla against the club, on September 15th, 1961. A golden era of continental successes followed, with the Fairs Cups obtained in 1962 and 1963. From 1969, the expression "Anem a Mestalla", so common among the supporters, started to fall into disuse. The reason was a change of name that was intended as a tribute to the club’s most emblematic president for a quarter of a century. Luis Casanova Giner admitted that this honour had left him completely overwhelmed, and he himself requested in 1994 that his name was replaced with a return to the old name of Mestalla. In the early seventies, with Alfredo di Stefano as manager, VCF finished league runners-up and lost two Cup finals by slim margins. Valencia also participated in the European Cup for the first time and made their debut in the UEFA Cup. This was a series of events that helped, increasingly, for matches at Mestalla to be held amidst a party atmosphere. In 1972 the social headquarters of the club was inaugurated –offices which also featured the trophy room. In the summer of 1973 another novelty was introduced in the form of the ‘Sillas Gol’, a stand that meant the elimination of fourteen rows of terraces to make way for seated areas. The directors at Valencia also began to consider the possibility of moving Mestalla from its present location to land just outside the city, but finally the project was discarded and a few years later, in 1978, Mestalla was remodeled in the run-up to the 1982 World Cup. At the time, Mario Kempes was the best player in the world, and Valencia CF had him in their ranks. With ‘El Matador’ in their squad, the team won trophies in consecutive years in the Copa del Rey, Cup Winners Cup and European Super Cup. The last European final played at Mestalla was one that saw VCF proclaimed continental superchampions. It was in 1980 against Nottingham Forest, coincidentally the first foreign team to play an official match at Mestalla. The ground had hosted the first game for the Spanish national team in Valencia in 1925, and was chosen as a perfect venue for Spain’s debut in the 1982 World Cup. Ten years later, the Olympic football team were based at the Valencian stadium, en route to a gold medal in the Barcelona games. Mestalla has been the setting for many important international matches, has hosted several Cup finals, has been home to Levante, home to the Spanish team and an exile for Castellón and Real Madrid in the European Cup; It has been a place to watch greats such as Kempes, Maradona and Pelé; and, above all, it has hosted the greatest feats of Valencia Club de Fútbol. The historic Mestalla stadium recently completed its latest update, and now has a majestic appearance, with a capacity to accommodate 55,000 fans. Above all, it continues to be the home for all Valencianistas whilst they await the construction of the new stadium on Avenida de las Cortes Valencianas.