The Mestalla stadium, official name "Mestalla, Valencia's Camp", is the stadium of Valencia Football Club. Located in the neighborhood of the city Mestalla in Valencia (Spain), between Avenue and Avenue Sweden Aragon. Its name comes from the historic Mestalla ditch which ran along the southern tier of the stadium, ditch that had to overcome to get to the stadium in its early years. From 1969-1994 Luis Casanova Stadium was named in honor of Luis Casanova Giner, considered one of the best presidents of the club's history. The stadium currently has a capacity for 55,000 spectators. Since its inauguration has hosted a total of 31 international matches of the Spanish football (including 3 of the World Cup finals in Spain 1982), plus 5 games of the Olympic Selection of Spain during the 1992 Olympic Games.
The MESTALLA stadium is home to the Valencia Football club team. This is a legendary stadium that has lived many important games with mythical players and probabably all the important teams of Europe have in some occasion or other, in some competition or friendly matches have played over here.
The club is now constructing their new stadium and are giving their fans the possibility of going around the stadium as it is possible in many other venues of other great teams around the continent. This stadium was inaugurated on the 20th of May 1923 and has a capacity to seat 55.000 people. The club has just celebrated its 90th birthday as it was formed on the 18th of March in the year 1919. So be sure that history awaits you during this visit.
The cost is 6 Euros a person. You can book a tour from Monday to Friday, which goes on for an hour and will get to see the ground, the rooms that the teams use, the press conference room and other parts that are not normally visible when you think of a stadium. The timings are from 10 in the morning till 1 in the afternoon. You can buy your tickets at the official store in front of the stadium or book them by phone or through the clubs website. These contacts are given below.
Valencia has been recently (Summer 2007) confirmed as a Formula one city which will be on a urban circuit that is been specially designed and constructed. However Valencia also counts with a proper racing circuit which is situated aprox. 30 Kilometres from the city on the highway to Madrid in a locality called CHESTE.
This circuit in Cheste named after local Valenciano Motorcycling champion Ricardo Tormo was completed in 1999 and normally holds host to the last race in the world motorcycle racing championships around the month of November, every year. This make the Cheste circuit a very interesting one to visit for the races specially if the championship in certain racing categories are still to be decided - in the last race. The capacity of this circuit is for aprox. 150.000 people all seated in a way to be able to see practically the whole track and not missing a single detail of any race.
The track which is a little over 4 kilometres attracts huge crowds every year who create a really special atmosphere in the city of Valencia and specially in Cheste on the days of the races. A mixture of roaring cylinders, added to the local attraction of fireworks, paella, sangria and great weather are the other ingredients that help make this event a very special one.
It is normally very difficult to get hotel reservations around the dates of the racing calendar hence if you are interested in visiting Valencia for the races or just to enjoy a city break - make your plans well in advance.
Equipment: THE 2007 MOTORCYCLE RACING CALENDAR
Qatar/Losail 10 de marzo
España/Jerez 25 de marzo
Turquía/Istanbul Park 22 de abril
China/Shanghai 6 de mayo
Francia/Bugatti Circuit 20 de mayo
Italia/Mugello 3 de junio
Catalunya/Montmeló 10 de junio
G. Bretaña/Donington 24 de junio
Holanda/Assen 30 de junio
Alemania/Sachsenring 15 de julio
EE UU/Laguna Seca 22 de julio
Rep. Checa/Brno 19 de agosto
San Marino/Misano 2 de septiembre
Portugal/Estoril 16 de septiembre
Japón/Motegi 23 de septiembre
Australia/Phillip Island 14 de octubre
Malasia/Sepang 21 de octubre
C. Valenciana/Cheste 4 de noviembre
Valencia has been designated the host city for the 2008 WORLD INDOOR ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIOPS. These games will be held at pabellon Luis Puig which is a velodrome on the outskirts of the city and just in front of the trade fair grounds in Benimamet, Valencia.
The velodrome is undergoing a lot of renovations to be able to comfortablly hold 6500 spectators and 2000 active participants, which will be the athletes, journalists and officials. These games will be held between the 7th and 9th of march 2008, just days before the local festivities of fallas. 850 athletes from 170 countries will participate in these games.
These installations have also held other major events on a national, european and world level.
Valencia is the host city of the 32nd AMERICAS CUP. In its 154 year hostory it has never been competed outside the US or Australia / New Zealand. The first time in Europe and Valencia is home to it. It so happens that the winner of the last edition, held in Aukland, New Zealand, was the Swiss team Allinghi nd since they do not have shores to the sea in Switzerland, the competition was open to different port cities in different European countries out of which Valencia emerged winner due to the best climatical and other conditions required to hold the oldest and most prestigious sailing event in the world.
The dates will be as follows :
LOUIS VUITTON CUP:
Selection of the Challenger for the match 16th April till 12th June 2007 in Valencia
AMERICA´S CUP MATCH:
Defender vs. Challenger: Valencia, 23rd June - 7th of July 2007
The participating teams will be
Société Nautique de Genève - SUIZA
CHALLENGERS (in order of acceptance o participation)
BMW ORACLE RACING (Challenger Of Record)
Golden Gate Yacht Club - USA
Circolo Vela Gargnano - ITALIA
Royal Cape Yacht Club - SUDÁFRICA
EMIRATES TEAM NEW ZEALAND
Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron – NUEVA ZELANDA
LUNA ROSSA CHALLENGE
Yacht Club Italiano - ITALIA
Cercle de la Voile de Paris - FRANCIA
VICTORY CHALLENGE - SUECIA
Gamla Stans Yacht Sällskap
Real Federación Española de Vela - ESPAÑA
MASCALZONE LATINO - CAPITALIA TEAM
Reale Yacht Club Canottieri Savoia - ITALIA
UNITED INTERNET TEAM GERMANY
Deutscher Challenger Yacht Club - ALEMANIA
Qingdao International Yacht Club - CHINA
Equipment: Make your hotel reservations well on time if you plan to visit Valencia for this event.
Does not matter if you are or not a football / soccer fan. If you have a chance while you are visiting the city of Valencia and if there is a match - try to go for it. It is a magnificient experience. Not because I am a fan of Valencia, which I am proud to be so - but you will surely enjoy the game as the players are some of the best in the whole world. In recent history Valencia has won the Spanish league title twice, a UEFA cup and also was voted as the best club of the year , two years ago. It is one of the few stadiums that fill upto the brink whenever there is a match and being in a group with another 50.000 people is a real experience. You can find tickets of many prices, depending on the rival team is, but to make it simple go the the GENERAL area and you will enjoy a great experience. If you can afford to buy a ticket for a better location, better, even though it will not influence in the difference in satisfaction.
Equipment: The weather in Valencia is pretty mild throughout the year hence even if it is winter you need not go in heavy winter gear, just a sweater and a light jacket will protect you from the open. If in summer the best would be if you could get an official Valencia T shirt from one of the many stores that the club has throughout the city.
Our visit to Valencia coincided with the Valencia marathon. This annual event has been running since 1981 and by the looks of the number of participants, it is a pretty popular event on the marathon calendar.
The runners crossed the city, causing traffic chaos due to all of the closed off roads. We happened to be walking along the route for about 30 minutes, and it was amusing to see all of the police officers controlling traffic - letting cars cross over closed roads when there was a break in the runners, signally frantically for the drivers to move as quickly as possible.
I was very glad that we had chosen to walk that day, instead of taking the bus and it would have taken us a whole lot longer.
To all those marathon runners out there, check out the website for more details.
For those of you that do not know, Valencia is home to the UEFA champions. Many tourists in Valencia go to see a match. There stadium is close to the city centre. The photo was taken from my camera phone, in some bar in Valencia. It is signed by each of the Valencia Players.
This is the closest beach to the city center. In fact, you can go there by bus. Besides beach activities, there are a lot of terraces to have PAELLAS under the sun on a beach day.
Above the restaurants there are a lot of little pensions too, a good place to stay in Valencia if U like the sea...
i saw a lot of reporters and cameraman on the airport of valencia.
i ask someone who they were.
the players from the valencia futbal club.
i dont know who are on the picture but i followed the cameraman.
Every football fan must watch a game at the Mestalla when it is full, it is truly one of the great football stadiums in the world, it will be torn down soon, so time is running out.