Mestalla Stadium is a football stadium in Valencia, Spain. The stadium is the home of Valencia Club de Fútbol and has a capacity of 49,500 seats. The North Stand of the stadium is known for its very steep section.
Mestalla has been the setting for important international matches, has held nine cup finals, has also been a temporary home for Levante UD, home of the Spanish national team and exile for Castellón and Real Madrid in the European Cup. Mestalla hosted the 2011 Copa del Rey Final between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid C.F., and the 2014 Copa del Rey Final between the same two teams.
The Mestalla is an impressive stadium. It is something of a cross between a European-esque bowl of continuous seating and a more 'British' stadium with four individual stands. There is arguably no stand more impressive in all of European football than the North Stand, which features an incredibly steep top section.
Away supporters are housed in the North-East section. The East Stand is also an impressive sight and the largest part of the entire stadium. Opposite it and also running along the side of the pitch is the West Stand. This is where the dugouts, changing rooms and players' tunnel are housed and is the main stand of the ground. Last but not least is the South Stand, where the most noisy and passionate Valencia fans are located.
Away fans are housed within the upper tier of the north-east corner – at least for European matches such as against Stoke FC in 2012 where the size of the travelling contingent is much larger than domestic games.
The tier is quite steep with numerous safety barriers but it really helps the Mestalla retain a sense of intimacy despite the outdoors design of the ground.
Estadio de Mestalla is located in a dense urban neighbourhood close to Valencia’s city centre. There are plenty of cafés and restaurants in the area of the stadium, while more serious nightlife can be found a small walk away in the historic centre.
There is, for example, a pocket of nightlife around Plaza de Canovas at less than 10 minutes walking from the stadium, but there is much further on in the historic centre, while there is a club scene around the city’s beaches.
Estadio de Mestalla is located just east of Valencia’s historic city centre. The walk from the cathedral or the main railway station (Estación del Norte) takes no more than 30 minutes. There is no parking near to the stadium apart from on-street parking.
Alternatively, the stadium can be reached by metro. Metro stop Aragón, on line 5, lies next to the stadium. Line 5 will also bring you to the airport. Another option is taking metro line 3 to station Facultats, which lies a 5-minute walk north of the stadium.
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