Mendizorroza Stadium: Alavés

Cervantes Ibilbidea, s/n, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Araba, 1007, Spain

Mendizorroza Stadium, sometimes called Campo de Fútbol de Mendizorrotza depending on whether or not you’re using the Basque pronunciation, is the third oldest professional football ground in Spain. Though it has been renovated numerous times over the years, most recently during the 1998-1999 season, it hasn’t been completely knocked down and rebuilt since it first opened back in 1924, hence being one of the oldest in the country.

Deportivo Alavés, meanwhile, is one of football several clubs that is based in the Basque country of Spain. Founded in 1921, they spent the first couple of years of their existence playing on fields and in parks throughout the local area. The closest they’ve come to a real sense of success at the top level came in 2001, when they were losing finalists in the UEFA Cup. They went to extra-time in the competition’s final, losing out to Liverpool thanks to a Golden Goal.

Stats

Mendizorroza Stadium Stats
Year Opened1924
Capacity19,840
Average Attendance11,400
Record Attendance19,840 (Alaves v Real Madrid (2017))
Pitch Size105 x 67 (7035)
NicknameMendizorrotza
OwnerAyuntamiento de Vitoria-Gasteiz
Clubs HostedDeportivo Alavés
First FixtureDeportivo Alaves v Deusto FBC (27/04/1924)
Deportivo Alavés Stats
Year Founded1921
NicknameBabazorros El Glorioso (The glorious one)
Club MascotBabazorro (a fox)
RivalsReal Sociedad, Athletic Club, CA Osasuna, SD Eibar
KitBlue & White (Home) / Pink & White (Away)
Training GroundInstalaciones de Ibaia José Luis Compañon
Team OwnerAlfonso Fernández de Trocóniz
Record GoalscorerBorja Viguera (46)
Record AppearancesMauricio Astudillo (219)

Mendizorroza Stadium Photos

Mendizorroza Stadium Seating Plan & Where to Sit

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The renovations to the stadium in 1999 added corner seating, meaning that it now has the appearance of a continuous bowl of seating, common in plenty of European grounds. It is essentially a single-tier stadium, though in most of the stands there is a lower section that has a different seating design to the upper section.

Deportivo Alavés Ticket Prices

Ticket prices for football matches vary depending on the likes of the opposition, how old you are and where in the ground you want to sit. For example, tickets for Alavés’ home game against Villarreal in the 2016-2017 season cost between €20 and €60 for adults and from €9 to €20 for kids.

How To Get Deportivo Alavés Tickets

One of the best places to start in your search for tickets is Alavés’ official website. The games rarely sell-out unless the big guns such as Real Madrid or Barcelona come to town, so you’ll likely be able to get tickets on the day of the game, too.

Getting To Mendizorroza Stadium

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Train - It will take you a little under a day to get a train from London to the Alavés area, so you’re probably best making alternative travel arrangements unless you’re left without a choice. Once there the closest station to the ground itself is Vitoria/Gasteiz, which is about ten minutes walk away.

Bus - The 63, L2, L4 and L6 are all examples of buses that stop within walking distance of the ground.

Car - If you’re looking to drive to the stadium then you’ll want to keep your eye out for the N-102 and A-3102, both of which run quite close by.

By Air - Bilbao Airport is the closest to the Vitoria area, which the stadium is located in. It’s about 65 miles away, though, so you’ll need to get transport from the airport to the ground.

Taxi - A taxi from Bilbao Airport to the stadium will take about an hour to complete its journey and will likely cost you in the region of about €80.

Parking Near Mendizorroza Stadium

There is a large car park that serves the ground, so if you’re driving then you’ll want to head there and try to find a space.

Mendizorroza Stadium Hotels

Hotel Jardines de Uleta Suites - £60+

Uleta 1, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Alava, 01007
Less than half a mile from the stadium is this hotel with more than 100 rooms. There’s a restaurant and two bar areas, as well as both a fitness centre an a business centre. If you’re looking for somewhere to chill out then you might want to head to the rooftop terrace or the garden area, whilst those of you with computers will be pleased to know about the free Wi-Fi that’s available.
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Silken Ciudad de Vitoria - £70+

Portal De Castilla 8, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Alava, 01008
About half a mile from the ground is this hotel with around 150 rooms. It’s located near to the beach, so is the place to go if you’re looking for a chilled out, relaxing holiday. It offers free Wi-Fi, self-parking and has six different meeting rooms. There’s a restaurant, a bar and a garden. More details.

Hotel Sercotel Boulevard Vitoria - £80+

aramaga, 3, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Alava, 01013
Slightly further afield at about two miles from Estadio Mendizorroza is this pleasant 4-star hotel. It offers guests free Wi-Fi and has both a business centre and a fitness centre. There’s also a library and a restaurant, where you can buy breakfast the following day should you choose to.
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Pubs & Bars Near Mendizorroza Stadium

Bar Adurtzabal

Heraclio Fournier Kalea, 1, 01006 Vitoria-Gasteiz, Araba (+34 945 14 19 37)
Bar Adurtzabal is a decent place to head to if you’re looking to get a bite to eat and a drink ahead of going to a game. The food is tasty bar food, such as burgers and omelettes, and there are plenty of drinks to choose from and you’ll be able to watch some live sport around the place, too.

Café Goya

Paseo de Berlin, 30, 01002 Vitoria-Gasteiz, Araba (+34 945 33 45 66)
Café Goya is neither your typical café nor your typical sports bar. There’s a Deportivo Alavés flag above the bar place, with coffee machines and pastries on offer in there too. As with most 'cafés' in Spain, there are plenty of spirits available for purchase should you fancy something a little stronger when it comes to your drinks choice. More of a chilled out option than either of our other suggestions, try asking some of the locals about Alavés' famous history.

Café Bar La Lonja

Polvorin Viejo Kalea, 5, 01003 Vitoria-Gasteiz, Araba (+34 945 28 40 89)
Another venue calling itself a 'café', the Café Bar La Lonja is more of what we might understand as a sports bar. There’s a pool table at the back of the place, a couple of TVs dotted around and a nice outdoor area if the sun’s shining. This is a regular haunt for Alvés supporters, so you’ll be able to get right into the mood ahead of kick-off.

Hospitality

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Alavés’ hospitality options are impressive for a relatively small club in such a competitive league. You have access to VIP boxes with catering, drinks facilities and an excellent view of the pitch. You’ll also be able to enter the VIP lounge ahead of the game, during the half-time break and after the full-time whistle.

Private Hire

As with most major football clubs, Alavés offer some of their facilities for the likes of conferences, celebrations, presentations and more. If you want to know more then your best bet is to contact the club and let them know what you’re after.

Stadium Tours & Museum

At the time of writing the stadium doesn’t offer a tour, though if this changes in the future we’ll let you know as soon as we can.

About Deportivo Alavés

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Deportivo Alavés is one of those clubs that has bobbed around the top two divisions in Spain almost ever since it was formed. Founded in 1921, they had made it all the way up to the Primera División within eight years. Sadly it didn’t last, with the club dropping down again after just three years, failing to return to the top-flight again until the 1950s. They went down to the Tercera División and didn’t return to the Segunda División until 1994.

The club won the Segunda División title in 1998, returning to the Primera División for the first time in over forty years. They avoided relegation by a single point that season, then the following year they did the double over Barcelona and finished sixth, qualifying for Europe. Their game against Liverpool at the Westfelanstadion in Dortmund in the UEFA Cup final is considered to be one of the best ever to take place in the competition. Alavés also made the final of the Copa del Rey for the first time in the club’s history in 2017.

Mendizorroza Stadium History

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Located in the South-West of Vitoria-Gasteiz, the Estadio de Mendizorroza was built within the Paseo Cervantes. In the years since its erection more sports areas were built in the area, making it a complete sports complex. There’s a swimming pool, basketball courts and other sports arenas that are all owned by the local municipality. When it was re-designed in 1999 it became a fully-covered arena, complete with a scoreboard built into the roof.

When the stadium opened it had enough room to welcome around 8,000 supporters, with a stand to the North of the ground and open terracing to the South. The club built an art-deco style radio tower over the terracing in the middle of the 1930s. Things remained much the same until the 1980s when the stadium was redeveloped, but the changes cost the club too much money and they were soon demoted to the third division, with the players having spent most of the 1985-1986 season unpaid. The most major redevelopment came just before the turn of the millennium.

Future Developments

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Josean Querejeta, the Club President, announced in December of 2016 that he hoped to introduce a plan to renovate the stadium in its entirety, perhaps even expanding the capacity to around the 32,000 mark. At the time of writing no specific plans or details have been unveiled.

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