Estadio Luis Casanova
Originally and currently called Mestalla Stadium, Estadio Luis Casanova opened in 1923. The name changed in 1969, to honour club president Luis Casanova Giner. However, being somewhat overwhelmed by this honour he requested in 1994 that the stadium revert to its original name.
The stadium has grown considerably over the years. Originally big enough for 17,000 fans, it now has a capacity of 55,000, making it is the fifth largest stadium in Spain. Over this time its size has allowed it to have been used to host many events. As well as providing home a venue for local team Valencia CF, it helped Spain host the 1982 World Cup and the 1992 Summer Olympics.
Estadio Luis Casanova was used to host three World Cup 1982 matches. All of these games were first round Group 5 clashes, each involving hosts, Spain.
Construction: Opened in 1923, Renovated in the 1950s
Matches: Spain 1 : 1 Honduras (June 16), Spain 2 : 1 Yugoslavia (June 20), Spain 0 : 1 Northern Ireland (June 25).
World Cup 1982 Venues : Santiago Bernabeu, Vicente Calderon, Camp Nou, Sarria, Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, Benito Villamarin, San Mames, Jose Zorrilla, La Rosaleda, Luis Casanova, La Romareda, Martinez Valero, Carlos Tartiere, El Molinon, Jose Rico Perez, Balaidos and Riazor.