Estadio Martínez Valero

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Last Updated: August 6, 2016

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Aerial view of Martinez Valero

Stadium Overview

Team: Elche

Address: Av de Manuel Martínez Valero, 3, Elche, 03208, Alicante

Capacity: 39,000

Opened: 1976

The Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero is the home stadium of La Liga side Elche CF who are located in Alicante region of Spain. The ground which was originally opened in 1976 with a current capacity of 39,000 pays homage to the late president of the club, Manuel Martinez Valero.

Stadium Guide

History

The Martínez Valero Stadium first opened on September 8th 1976 with Elche CF hosting a friendly match against the Mexican National team which ended in an entertaining 3-3 draw. Designed by famous Spanish architect Juan Boix Matarredona to replace the ailing 1923 constructed Campo de Altabix, Elche’s new home is the largest sports stadium in the Alicante region, which highlights its importance to the local community.

As one of the more modern stadiums at the time, it was included as part of Spain’s bid to host the 1982 World Cup and it hosted three group stage matches: Belgium v Hungary (1-1), Belgium v El Salvador (1-0) and Hungary v El Salvador (10-1) which is famous for being the largest scoreline in the history of the competition to date. With the international pedigree firmly established, Martínez Valero has gone on to host matches matches for the national team with La Furia Roja beating every opponent they have faced at the stadium which includes the likes of Belgium, Ukraine and Italy.

In 2003, Elche’s Estadio was one again in the spotlight, this time hosting the Copa del Rey final which was contested between Recreativo de Huelva and RCD Mallorca which resulted in a 3 nil win for Los Bermellones (The Vermilions). Following the club’s return to the top flight of Spanish football in 2013/2014, management has pledged significant investment in the facilities at the stadium with modernisation seen a as a priority by president José Sepulcre.

Work began in June 2013 and finished in February 2014 with numerous improvements made including a new stadium façade, new office and changing room facilities, new Hospitality and VIP boxes,  and reconfiguration of seating in the stadium to make it more comfortable and safe for both sets of home and away fans.

Seating Plan

Below is a seating plan of Elche CF’s Estadio Martínez Valero:

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Stands

Fondo Norte, Preferencia (East), Fondo Sur and Tribuna (West).

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Click the thumbnails above to enlarge an image of each stand and to read a more detailed description of each part of the stadium.

The Matchday Experience

Away Fans

Away fans who make the trip to Elche’s stadium are housed within the thin strip in the Cuva Norte known as the Anillo Superior de Fondo Norte which is accessible via gate 18.

Reminiscent of the away section at Estadio El Madrigal, the seats are right at back of the stand at the furthest part away from the pitch in relatively steep seating arrangment The main difference however is that there is no roof cover!

Best Pubs

The city centre of Elche/Elx is pretty compact which means you could easily spend the afternoon hitting a few local sports bars after arriving in on the train before walking to the stadium.

The map below outlines some of the most popular ones in the local area.

Food

The closest dining option to Martinez Valero is undoubtedly Brutus Elche with a whole range of options available towards the North west of the Stadium along avenue a’Alacant.

Examples include El Charro Mexicano, Restauarante Telepizza and Restaurante Hong King which highlights the diverse influence on the cuisine within the city.

If you’re looking for more traditional dining options then there are lots of Spanish restaurants to choose from within the city centre which is west of the stadium. Alicante cuisine has its historical ties with Middle Eastern culture and the proximity to the Mediterranean meaning seafood and fish are often at the heart of the menu.

Club Shop

There is an official store located at the stadium known as La Tienda del Elche in addition to Elche’s official online store.

Opening Times:

  • Monday to Friday: 10.00 am to 2.00 pm and 5.00 pm to 20.30 pm
  • And Saturdays its only open 10.00 am to 2:00 pm
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“La Tienda del Elche” – The exterior of Elche CF’s club shop. For more information you can either phone 965 45 97 14 or send an email to info@elchecf.es.

Stadium Tours

Currently there is no information regarding stadium tours.

Ticket Prices

To buy tickets you can either do so at the club shop at Estadio Martínez Valero in the days leading up to the match, at the ticket windows a few hours before kick off or book online using an approved reseller.

Ticket Prices can vary depending on where you are sat and who the opponent is but as an approximate guide, Elche CF state the following prices per area for adults:

  • Tribuna (Main Stand): €80.00
  • Preferencia: €70.00
  • Anillo de Tribuna: Adults €60.00
  • Anillo de Preferencia: Adults €50.00
  • Anillos Fondos: Adults €35.00

Matchday Travel

Manual Martinez Valero is based towards the East of the city centre, approximately 4km away from Parque Municipal and Universitat Miguel Hernandez d’Elx which are arguably two of the most central reference points.

Estadio Martinez Valero sign

The bare exterior of Estadio Martinez Valero. The walk along Av. Ferrocaril or Av. d’Alacant from the city centre should take you around 30-45 minutes by foot.

Driving

If you are driving by car, then it is more than likely that you are travelling from the North in which case along the A7 motorway. T

The address for satnav is as follows:

  • Avda de Manuel Martínez Valero 3, 03208 Elche

Car Parks

There is a space for an estimated 1,800 cars at the stadium within the official on-site carparks.

Train

You can get to Elche using the Cercania C1 train line which operates between Alicante and Murcia, as well as regular trains which leave from Valencia taking 90-120 minutes.

Matchday Bus Service to Martinez Valero Stadium

One of the many buses which you will see coming and going from around the ground on matchday

Bus

The easiest way to get to the stadium is probably via Bus, with either K or H taking you up to the Barxell stop which is only a few minutes away from the ground.

The easiest place to catch this service from is Estacion de Autobuses de Elche which is very close to the central parks and University.

Airports

Alicante-Elche Airport (6th Busiest in Spain) can be found 9km Southwest of Alicante, and it is surprisingly busier than Valencia/Manises Airport (8th) which you would assume would serve more passengers due to it being attached to a larger city, but isn’t.

Once at the airport, you can reach the city via numerous bus services and taxi/car rental, with the N-338 road being your friend. Currently the city authorities are exploring the viability of a train or metro line but there is no official announcement as of yet.

Hotels

The closest hotel to the stadium appears to be the Ibis Alicante Elche which is nearish to a McDonalds, if you’re into that.

Besides this, the rest of the hotels are typically congregate towards the West of the city with Hotel Huerto del Cura and Tryp Ciudad De Elche being but two suggestions.


By Football Tripper

Last Updated: August 6, 2016

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