Posted by: Lee H | 05/04/2010

Nou Mestalla – Valencia

Artists Impression of the Nou Mestalla

Status – Under Construction, Work Stopped Due To Financial Problems

Capacity – 75,000

Cost – €300,000,000

Owners – Valencia CF

Construction On The Stadium Has Stopped


Valencia’s new home the Nou Mestalla continues to remain a source of frustration for fans of Los Che with work yet to recommence following financial problems at the club. The stadium, which is similar in design to Munich’s Allianz Arena, was scheduled to be ready for the start of the 2009/10 season and once complete will become one of the largest stadiums in Europe, but it is as yet unknown when work will continue.

The stadium is being built on wasteland in the neighbourhood of Benicalap some 3 miles west of the centre of Valencia, but has been beset with problems ever since work began with four construction workers losing their lives as a result of falling scaffolding in May 2008, followed by Valencia’s well known financial issues. Even though the club are well positioned to qualify for next season’s Champions League or if they choose to sell star players David Villa and David Silva during the summer,  it is not guaranteed that the funds raised will go towards the Nou Mestalla project, so expect to see Valencia stay at their historic Mestalla home for at least the next few seasons.

The Nou Mestalla is a Considerable Upgrade On The Present Estadio Mestalla

Editors View

It seems a shame to leave such an impressive looking stadium unfinished and it makes me wonder why Valencia went ahead with the project if they didnt have the funds in place to start with. I’m a fan of the current Mestalla Stadium, its one of those recognizable traditional football grounds you see all the time and I for one am looking forward too seeing the old place host Champions League football (providing Valencia seal qualification) once more next season.


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