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After finishing two seasons down on the wrong half of the table, Valencia CF is now back at its rightful place as one of Spain’s leading football clubs. Los Ches are once again putting pressure on the big three clubs of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atlético in the league, and hoping to return to the European competitions. This means now is the perfect time to go and see a match at the classic Mestalla Stadium. Here’s how to get the best possible match day experience.
Instead of being bowl-shaped or having four stands around the pitch, Mestalla is a curious mix of both, as if one section of a round stadium had been replaced by a stand brought from elsewhere. This, and capacity expansions over the years, have given the now 55,000-seat historic stadium an unusual look that’s a far cry from modern stadiums. Inside, the steep terraces and enthusiastic fans provide an electric atmosphere and an intimidating experience for visiting players.
Ticket prices range from €20 ($25) to around €75 ($92) for ordinary league games, but can be more for matches against big-name opponents. The quickest way to get one is on the Club’s website. Pay by card and get your tickets delivered instantly by email to be printed out. Or head to the ticket office at Mestalla Stadium, or to the Valencia Megastore on the main square, Plaza Ayuntamiento, for paper tickets, with the option of cash payment.
As a compact stadium with steep stands, even distant seats get good views. Get tickets for the south stand to join the home fans in singing and chanting, or at the touchline East and West stands for the best views. For those bringing kids along there’s a family section close to the goal line at the northern end.
The Mestalla’s central location means there’s plenty of places for a few pre-match pints or even a bite to eat before or after the game. Serious fans will call in at the Bar Manolo del Bombo, where drinkers can barely make out the walls for all the football merchandise on display. Another popular option is St Patrick’s on the Gran Via del Marqués del Túria, or for a classic Valencian experience, try Bar Mestalla on Calle Poeta Micer Mascó. Have a snack before the game or, as is the Spanish way, head here for dinner after.
The Mestalla Stadium is located at Av. de Suècia, Valencia 46010. It’s served by the Aragón metro station (lines 5 and 7) And Facultats station (lines 0, 3 and 9) is also nearby.