Hang out the bunting and book a marching band! I bring news of a new Spanish stadium! Actually it’s not that new and before I get too carried away, its development has resulted in the loss of one of my favourite old stands. Mixed emotions then. The stadium in question, the Estadio Ciudad de Alcalá, opened in May 2011 in Alcalá de Guadaíra. Alcalá is now effectively a suburb of Sevilla, but for many years it was a town in its own right, some 10 kilometres south west of the centre of the capital of Andalucía.
|Ooh new ...ish - The Estadio Ciudad de Alcalá|
|A gem - The old old main stand at the Francisco Bono|
|The Estadio Municipal Francisco Bono in 2007|
Three further seasons in Segunda B saw Alcalá record a high finish of eighth in 2005-06, before dropping back to the Tercera in June 2008. A second Tercera title followed in 2010, with promotion gained following 3-2 victory over C.D. Corralejo in play-offs. However, whilst the club returned to the third tier, the Estadio Francisco Bono did not. The local municipality was already committed to redeveloping the site, so for the majority of the 2010-11 season, Alcalá upped sticks and played their home games at El Viso del Alcor, some 10 miles to the north east. Finally on Sunday 8 May 2011, Alcalá returned home when they played host to Puertollano in the first game at the new Estadio Ciudad de Alcalá. It was the penultimate game of what had been an unsuccessful season, but here was a chance to go out on a high. Alcalá’s defender Nani had the distinction of scoring the first official goal at the new stadium, but unfortunately for him, it was in his own net. Alcalá trailed 0-3 at half-time, but rallied in the second half to earn a 3-3 draw. A week later and a 3-1 defeat away at promotion chasing Sevilla Atletico, consigned Alcalá and their new stadium to the Tercera.
|The small but perfectly formed new main stand|
|the East Fondo at the Estadio Ciudad de Alcalá|