An evening that ran high on emotions
Only six minutes remained before the start of the game, and Mestalla took to its feet and applauded the memory of Jaume Orti. It was an emotional moment, one that made your hairs stand on end, while recounting the smile and the care that he shared with everybody that he met. Nobody could hide their emotions, but the best was yet to come.
When the players took to the field, the Mestalla crowd as a whole held their scarves aloft, chanting the name of the club and kickstarting a fiery atmosphere aided by the sound of 30,000 clappers that had been handed out by CaixaBank beforehand. The crowning moment came when the planned minute of silence turned into a minute of applause, as former club president Jaume Orti was given an emotional tribute.
The video scoreboards shared some messages about Orti from fans that had sent in their thoughts on social media, while the players wore black bands on their arms and some fans donned orange wigs. In the stands, nobody sat in the president’s assigned seat as a mark of respect.
The team received an emotional welcome
At midday on Sunday, signs were put up to explain the fact that tickets had sold out at Mestalla. It was completely packed out, just as the street outside the stadium became from 18:30. With more than two hours remaining before kick off, thousands of fans came out in force to show their support in extraordinary numbers.
It was, again, enough to stand your hairs on end and give you goosebumps. The fans did not stop singing, excited to enjoy the night alongside the players themselves. Youngsters had never seen anything like it, not least for simply welcoming a bus for a LaLiga match. For the players it was a rush of adrenaline to see the fans there to support them, and when the bus pulled in to drop them off, the chant began: “We can do it, we can do it!”
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