Estadio de Riazor
Club: RC Deportivo de La Coruña | Opening: 1944 | Capacity: 34,600 seats
History and description
Estadio Municipal de Riazor was built in the early 1940s. It replaced Deportivo’s old ground with the same name, that had become too small for the club.
Estadio de Riazor opened on the 28th of October 1944 with a match between Deportivo and Valencia (2-3).
The stadium was built in classic style with rows of columns and a 45-metre high obelisk. It could hold about 97,000 spectators, of which 37,000 seated, and was at that time the largest in Spain.
Its prime location right off Riazor beach and large capacity made Estadio de Riazor one of the most notable stadiums of the time, and in 1947 it hosted the Spanish Cup final. It also had a running track, and therefore regularly hosted athletics events.
Estadio de Riazor remained largely unchanged for the next decades until it got extensively redeveloped for the 1982 World Cup. Two new stands were built at both long sides, but at the same time it lost most of its classic style. During the World Cup, the stadium hosted three first round group matches.
In the mid 1990s, redevelopments continued when two new stands were built at both ends, enclosing the entire stadium. At the same time the running track was removed and the stadium was turned into an all-seater. In the next few years, further corporate facilities were added to the stadium.
(photos of the present Estadio de Riazor below)
Estadio de Riazor lies right off A Coruña’s main beach, Playa de Riazor. The stadium is located at the western end of the beach. It takes only 20 minutes to walk there from the city’s central square, Plaza de María Pita.
Alternatively, bus 3 and 7 both connect the stadium with A Coruña’s historic city centre.
If arriving by car from the AP-9/E-1 motorway, follow the road into the city. Take the exit for Riazor, and turn right onto the Ronda de Outeiro. Follow the Rondo de Outeiro for about 2.5 kilometres, and take the first exit at the roundabout into the Calle de Manuel Murguía. The stadium lies on the right side of the road.
Address: Calle de Manuel Murguía s/n, 15011 A Coruña
Tickets for Deportivo de La Coruña games can be bought online, by phone +34 902 43 44 43, or at the ticket windows (taquillas) of Estadio Riazor.
Tickets are also available on the gate on the day of the match. Deportivo tend to have decent attendances in both the Primera and Segunda División, but rarely sell out in the latter.
Ticket prices can depend on the opponent, but expect to pay between €15.00 for a lower-tier seat behind the goal and €40.00 for an upper-tier seat at the main stand.
You can find a seating plan here. For more information call +34 981 22 94 10.
Deportivo offer guided stadium tours that include the press room and presidential box, but not the dressing rooms. The tours last about 45 minutes.
The number of tours depend on the season, ranging from thrice a week in spring or autumn to multiple times a day in August. They typically run at 1:00 pm or late in the afternoon. Check the Deportivo official website for current dates and hours.
Bookings are not required, but can be made by phone +34 608 084 705 or email email@example.com. The tour costs €4.00.
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