Coliseum Alfonso Pérez
Club: Getafe CF | Opening: 1998 | Capacity: 17,500 seats
History and description
Coliseum Alfonso Pérez replaced Getafe’s old Estadio Las Margaritas, which had become too small after the club celebrated several successes in the 1980s and early 1990s.
Coliseum Alfonso Pérez opened on the 30th of August 1998 with a match between Getafe and Tavares (0-1), though the official opening was held a few days later, on the 2nd of September, with a three-team tournament between Borussia Dortmund, Feyenoord, and Atlético de Madrid.
The stadium was initially slightly smaller, but got expanded after Getafe promoted to the Primera División in 2004. At the same time, a new roof got installed on top of the main stand.
Getafe’s fans, however, have never really warmed up to the stadium that is considered cold and impersonal. The club has therefore already been investigating building a complete new stadium, though the financial crisis seems to have shelved any plans for the moment.
Coliseum Alfonso Pérez is located about three kilometres north of the centre of Getafe. Getafe itself is a suburb of Madrid, located south of the city at about 11 kilometres from its centre.
The stadium lies right next to the M45 motorway (which runs south of the city of Madrid), and close to where the M45 and A42 intersect (and not far from where the M45 and A4 intersect either). From the M45 take exit 7 Getafe. The floodlights of the stadium will be visible from the motorway. At the end of the ramp follow the signs toward the city of Getafe. At the first roundabout turn left (third exit). Follow the road uphill until a second roundabout. Turn left again and follow for a few hundred metres until reaching the stadium.
Metro station Los Espartales lies a 5-minute walk away from the stadium. Lós Espartales is on the circular line 12 (Metrosur), which runs through Madrid’s southern suburbs. Line 12 connects at station Puerta Del Sur with line 10. Line 10 passes through Madrid’s centre, and can, for example, be boarded at station Plaza de España. The whole trip from Plaza de España takes almost an hour.
It can be potentially quicker to take a cercanía commuter train to the stadium. Board a train toward Parla at either Sol or Atocha cercanía station, and get off at station Las Margaritas Universidad. The ride takes 15 to 20 minutes and from Las Margaritas it is a further 15 minutes walking to the stadium.
From southern Madrid one can also catch bus 443 (from Plaza Elíptica) or 448 (from Legazpi).
Address: Avenida Teresa de Calcuta S/N, 28903 Getafe
Tickets for Getafe games can be bought online via Entradas.com, or at the club offices at Coliseum Alfonso Pérez.
Tickets can also be bought on the gate on the day of the match. The ticket windows (taquillas) are open until half-time. Getafe hardly ever sell out a match.
Ticket prices can depend on the opponent, but typically range from €30.00 for a seat behind the goal to €70.00 for a seat at the main stand. Expect to pay at least €50.00 when Barcelona or Madrid come to visit.
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