Estadio de los Juegos Mediterráneos is a multi-purpose stadium in the most eastern capital of Andalusia, Almeria, in southeast of Spain. After its inauguration on July 31, 2004, the stadium hosted the 2005 Mediterranean Games, a competition that later served as the basis of its name.
Estadio de los Juegos Mediterráneos replaced Estadio Municipal Juan Rojas, with the latter being used by U.D. Almeria’s reserve team. Since then, it serves as the playing ground of U.D. Almeria, a Spanish team that competed at both La Liga and Segunda Division.
With its impressive dimensions (105×68 m), it offers the ideal area for the technically-gifted players that practice daily on it. While it is U.D. Almeria’s home pitch, football stars such as Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Antoine Griezmann and Carlos Bacca left their mark as well. Let’s not forget U.D. Almeria legends Alvaro Negredo, Aleix Vidal and Diego Alves.
Almeria’s city council invested 22 million euros into its construction and after their promotion to La Liga. The arena’s capacity was expanded from 15,000 spectators to 22,000. In 2012 the club built extra seats behind the goals to bring fans closer to the pitch. The stadium also holds a VIP room, where both corporate and business leaders attend game days.
Located only two kilometres away from the main railway station and a little further from the centre of Almeria, the stadium can be accessed by train, bus, car or on foot. Tickets typically range from 10 euros for a seat behind the goal to 30 euros for one at the main stand, but can vary depending on the match. On February 9, 2005, the stadium shined in all of it’s glory when it hosted Spain’s 5–0 win over San Marino in a qualification match for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. The Spanish U-21 team will host its Georgian opponents on U.D. Almeria’s home ground on Nov. 12 for the 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship in Poland.