Estadio José Rico Pérez
Club: Hércules de Alicante CF | Opening: 1974 | Capacity: 29,500 seats
History and description
Estadio José Rico Pérez replaced Hércules’ old Campo de la Viña. It was a project of ambitious club president José Rico Pérez, who decided that the club needed to built a new stadium to match its rising successes. Due to financial difficulties, it however took until May 1973 for building works to start.
Estadio José Rico Pérez officially opened on the 4th of August 1974 with a friendly between Hércules and Barcelona (0-4). The stadium counted with a capacity of about 30,000 at that time.
A few years later, Estadio José Rico Pérez got selected to be a playing venue of the 1982 World Cup. As a result, the stadium got further expanded with an additional 8,000 places.
During the World Cup, it hosted two group matches and the match for third place between Poland and France (3-2).
Due to the declining fortunes of the team in the 1980s and resulting increase in debt, Hércules was forced to sell the stadium to the city of Alicante in 1993. Only in 2007 was the club able to buy the stadium back.
Estadio José Rico Pérez received a last major refurbishment after the promotion of Hércules to the Primera División in 2010.
Estadio José Rico Pérez is located about 1.5 kilometres north of the city centre of Alicante, just behind the Castle of San Fernando.
The walk from the main rail station, which lies in the western part of the centre, takes about 20 minutes. The walk from the historic centre and beach front 10 to 15 minutes longer.
Alternatively, one can catch bus 8a or 11 to reach the stadium. Take line 8a from the Rambla in the direction of Parque Lo Morant. Get off at Av. Alcoi 50, from where it is a short walk slightly uphill to the stadium.
Alternatively you can take bus 11 from Plaza de los Luceros. Take the bus in the direction of Clínica Vistahermosa and get off at Av. Alcoi 52. Both buses run about once every hour.
On matchdays there is a special football service (line 192) to the stadium. Buses pass the railway station on Av. Maisonnave, continue on Av. Federico Soto, and go via Carrer de San Vicente to the stadium. Buses leave 70 and 30 minutes before kickoff from their starting point further west in the city.
If arriving by car, take the A70 toward the city. Leave the A70 at the exit for Universidad Alicante and the A-77 Alcoi. At the roundabout take the exit toward the city (Alicante/Alacant). Follow the Aveniguda de Universidad for about 3 kilometres into the city. Turn left following for San Blas and slide directly right again onto the Carrer de Teulada. Continue straight on – the stadium will soon appear in front of you.
Address: Foguerer Romeu Zarandieta s/n, 03005 Alicante
Tickets for Hércules games can generally be bought on the day before the match or the day of the match at either the club offices or ticket windows (taquillas) at the stadium.
Tickets can also be bought at the ticket windows of the stadium from two hours before kickoff. Hércules practically never sells out in the Segunda División.
Ticket prices typically range from €15.00 for a seat behind the goal to €37.00 for a covered seat at the main stand.
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