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Official Review by Gary Foxall, Stadium Journey Special Correspondent
Recreativo de Huelva is a Spanish Segunda soccer team based in the city of Huelva in southwestern Spain. Home games are played at their 21,670-capacity Estadio Nuevo Colombino which was constructed in 2001 replacing the club’s Estadio Colombino. The stadium’s design is typically Spanish with a two-tiered bowl with a three-tiered main stand which houses all of the club’s facilities. The floodlight pylons are located within the stadium. Located on the city’s waterfront, the stadium seats are decorated in the teams blue and white colours.
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The kiosk in the main stand is located on the second floor and sells soft drinks, coffee, and a range of sandwiches in addition to hot dogs. These are reasonably priced with a hot dog and a Coke setting you back about 4 Euros.
The game I attended was an anniversary game against local rivals Real Betis and was watched by a crowd of fewer than 5,000, so it was difficult to judge the atmosphere of the stadium. However the noise level for a small crowd was good, so one can imagine that with more spectators inside, the atmosphere would increase significantly.
Huelva is located in the province of the same name in the autonomous community of Andalusia. Huelva is mostly untouched by tourism, despite being close to the border with Portugal and the well known Portuguese holiday resorts of the Algarve.
Huelva is also the city where Christopher Columbus set sail on his trip to the New World. The old town and Cathedral are worth a visit as is the La Rabida Monastery.
There is nothing much around the stadium itself, but the short walk to the city centre offers plenty of bars and restaurants. The city has a wide range of hotels, but the best option is to day trip to the city and stay in one of the many sun-drenched Algarve resorts which are less than a forty minute drive away in Portugal.
Recreativo fans have not had a lot to cheer about with the club's most recent achievement being Segunda champions in the 2005/2006 season and Runners Up in the 2003 Copa del Rey. The club's most recent appearance in La Liga was for three seasons following their promotion in 2006. The club has a hard core supporter base of around 6,000.
The stadium is located on the waterfront of the Rio Odiel not far from the city centre. Huelva is accessed by taking the A492 exit of the A49 Portugal/Spain motorway. Following signs to the city centre via the waterfront will take you to the stadium. There is plenty of free parking available in the stadium's dusty car parks. The nearest airports are Faro and Seville.
Tickets prices range between 20 and 40 Euros and can be purchased at the ticket windows around the stadium. Home games rarely sell out so unless one of Spain's big clubs are in town for a cup game, then tickets can easily be purchased on the day of a game.
Other than stalls outside the stadium selling club souvenirs, there is not a lot to write about with regards to extras.
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