Lost Ground: Estadio Lluís Sitjar

Estadio Lluís Sitjar was a beautiful stadium in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

The stadium opened in 1945 and was mainly used for football games, hosting the home fixtures of RCD Mallorca.

At first the stadium was named Es Forti but in 1960 the name was changed to Lluìs Sitjar Stadium because of their former president, Lluìs Sitjar Castellà. The first game ever played in the stadium was a 3-0 win for Real Mallorca over Xerez in the second division. Miquel Sans scored the first goal.

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At first the stadium had a capacity of 15,000 people. But after some upgrades the stadium could hold up to 31.000 spectators. Due to new safety standards, the stadium had to be downgraded to 18,000 seats in 1998.

RCD Mallorca left the stadium in 1999 when ONO Estadi (Son Moix) opened, which is now named Iberostar Estadi.

The reserve team RCD Mallorca B continued to use the stadium until 2007, before they to moved on to Son Bibiloni
the club’s training complex to the north of Palma.

Demolition works of the stadium began in November 2014 and ended in April 2015.

Historical games:
30/12/1962 Real Mallorca – Real Madrid, 5-2
A very young Mallorca team won against the Real Madrid of di Stefano and Puskas, who also missed a penalty. Later that season, Real Madrid became champions and Mallorca relegated.

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22/04/1999 Real Mallorca – Chelsea FC 1-0
After a 1-1 result in London, Real Mallorca had to win or play for a scoreless draw. Real Mallorca won with 1-0 (goal scored by Biagini) and went on to the Uefa Cup Final, which they lost 2-1 against Lazio Roma.

13/06/1999 Real Mallorca – Celta de Vigo 2-0
After beating Celta de Vigo, Real Mallorca jumped over them in the standings and ended up in 3th position, their best ever and securing theirselves a Champions League spot.

The national team of Spain also used this stadium twice:
27/03/1985 Spain – Northern Ireland 0-0, friendly
19/11/1997 Spain – Romania 1-1, friendly

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