Estadio José Rico Pérez

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Estadio José Rico Pérez
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Location Alacant, Spain
Coordinates 38°21′26″N0°29′33″W / 38.35722°N 0.49250°W / 38.35722; -0.49250 Coordinates: 38°21′26″N0°29′33″W / 38.35722°N 0.49250°W / 38.35722; -0.49250
Owner Hércules CF
OperatorHércules CF
Capacity 29,500 [1]
Field size105 metres (115 yd) x 68 metres (74 yd)
Construction
Opened1974
ArchitectFrancisco Llorens
Tenants
Hércules CF (1974–present)
Spain national football team (selected matches)

Estadio José Rico Pérez is a multi-purpose stadium in Alacant, Spain. It is currently used mostly for football matches, being home to Hércules CF. It also held World Cup matches when Spain organized the event in 1982. The stadium can hold up to 29,500 people. It was built in 1974, and is situated 2 miles outside Alicante city centre. The stadium is named after former chairman of Hércules CF, José Rico Pérez.

Multi-purpose stadium type of stadium

Multi-purpose stadiums are a type of stadium designed to be easily used by multiple types of events. While any stadium could potentially host more than one type of sport or event, this concept usually refers to a specific design philosophy that stresses multifunctionality over specificity. It is used most commonly in Canada and the United States, where the two most popular outdoor team sports – football and baseball – require radically different facilities. Football uses a rectangular field, while baseball is played on a diamond and large outfield. This requires a particular design to accommodate both, usually an oval. While building stadiums in this way means that sports teams and governments can share costs, it also imposes some challenges.

Spain Kingdom in Southwest Europe

Spain, officially the Kingdom of Spain, is a European country located in Southwestern Europe with some pockets of Spanish territory across the Strait of Gibraltar and the Atlantic Ocean. Its continental European territory is situated on the Iberian Peninsula. Its territory also includes two archipelagoes: the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa, and the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea. The African enclaves of Ceuta, Melilla, and Peñón de Vélez de la Gomera make Spain the only European country to have a physical border with an African country (Morocco). Several small islands in the Alboran Sea are also part of Spanish territory. The country's mainland is bordered to the south and east by the Mediterranean Sea except for a small land boundary with Gibraltar; to the north and northeast by France, Andorra, and the Bay of Biscay; and to the west and northwest by Portugal and the Atlantic Ocean.

Hércules CF Spanish association football team

Hércules de Alicante Club de Fútbol, S.A.D. is a Spanish football team based in Alacant, in the autonomous community of Valencian Community. Founded in 12 March 1922, it currently plays in Segunda División B – Group 3 and plays its home games at the 30,000-capacity Estadio José Rico Pérez.

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1982 FIFA World Cup

The stadium was one of the venues of the 1982 FIFA World Cup, and held the following matches:

1982 FIFA World Cup 1982 edition of the FIFA World Cup

The 1982 FIFA World Cup was the 12th FIFA World Cup, played in Spain between 13 June and 11 July 1982. The tournament was won by Italy, who defeated West Germany 3–1 in the final match, held in the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Spanish capital of Madrid. It was Italy's third World Cup title, but their first since 1938. The defending champions, Argentina, were eliminated in the second group round. Algeria, Cameroon, Honduras, Kuwait and New Zealand made their first appearances in the finals.

DateTeam #1Res.Team #2RoundAttendance
1982-06-18Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 4–1Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary Group 3 (First Round)32,093
1982-06-23Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 2–0Flag of El Salvador.svg  El Salvador Group 3 (First Round)32,093
1982-07-10Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 3–2Flag of France.svg  France Third place match32,500

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