Estadio Riazor

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Abanca-Riazor
Estadio Riazor - Logo.png
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Full nameEstadio Municipal de Riazor
LocationA Coruña, Spain
Coordinates43°22′07″N 8°25′03″W / 43.368714°N 8.417516°W / 43.368714; -8.417516 (Estadio Municipal de Riazor)
OwnerConcello de A Coruña
OperatorR.C. Deportivo de La Coruña
Capacity32,660[1]
Field size105 m × 68 m (344 ft × 223 ft)
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Broke ground1939
Built1940
Opened28 October 1944
Renovated1982, 1995–1998, 2018
ArchitectSantiago Rey Pedreira
Project managerJosé Martín Alonso
Structural engineerJosé Martín Alonso
Tenants
Deportivo de La Coruña (1944–present)
Spain national football team (selected matches)

Estadio Municipal de Riazor (Spanish pronunciation: [esˈtaðjo muniθiˈpal de rjaˈθoɾ]), also known as Abanca-Riazor for sponsorship reasons, is an all-seater stadium in A Coruña, Spain. The stadium is the home of Deportivo de La Coruña, and accommodates a total of 32,660 spectators, making it the 14th-largest stadium in Spain and the largest in Glicia.

History[edit]

Although the stadium has hosted home games for Deportivo since its establishment in 1906, it wasn't until 1944 that essential facilities such as stands and changing rooms were installed[citation needed]. The initial field size was 105x74 meters, comparing to current 105x68.[2] That year, the stadium was officially adopted as Deportivo's ground. The opening game was against Valencia CF on 28 October 1944, which saw Depor lose 3-2.[3]

The stadium was renovated in time to host three games during the 1982 FIFA World Cup finals. Also, this asset made Riazor favorable for a Copa del Rey final between Real Madrid and RCD Espanyol in 1947, which saw the capital's side claim their ninth cup title.[4]

On 29 June 2017, the stadium was renamed as Abanca-Riazor after the sign of a sponsorship agreement between Abanca and Deportivo de La Coruña until 2025.[5]

International matches[edit]

Spain national team matches[edit]

Date Opponent Score Competition
6 May 1945  Portugal 4–2 Friendly match
23 June 1966  Uruguay 1–1 Friendly match
20 September 1989  Poland 1–0 Friendly match
18 January 1995  Uruguay 2–2 Friendly match
4 September 2009  Belgium 5–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification

1982 FIFA World Cup[edit]

The stadium held three matches of Group 1, one of six groups in the group stage of the 1982 FIFA World Cup. The other Group 1 games were also held in Galicia, at Balaídos, Vigo.


Panoramic view of the stadium

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Riazor". Deportivo de La Coruña. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  2. ^ "HISTORIA DE RIAZOR | Página Oficial del R.C. Deportivo de La Coruña". HISTORIA DE RIAZOR | Página Oficial del R.C. Deportivo de La Coruña (in Spanish). Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  3. ^ "28/10/1944 - 28/10/2014: Riazor cumple 70 años | Página Oficial del R.C. Deportivo de La Coruña". 28/10/1944 - 28/10/2014: Riazor cumple 70 años | Página Oficial del R.C. Deportivo de La Coruña (in Spanish). Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  4. ^ Aquellos tiempos maravillosos Archived 10 December 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "ABANCA y el Dépor llegan a un acuerdo de refinanciación de la deuda y patrocinio del estadio" (in Spanish). Deportivo de La Coruña. 29 June 2017. Retrieved 29 June 2017.

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