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Official Review by Gary Foxall, Stadium Journey Special Correspondent
The Iberostar Stadium is located in the city of Palma on the holiday island of Mallorca. The stadium is home to RCD Mallorca who currently play in Spain's top division, La Liga. Iberostar Stadium was completed in 1999 and has an all seated capacity of 23,142. RCD Mallorca moved here from their previous Estadio Lluis Sitjar, which now remains derelict in the city centre. The stadium, like most Spanish stadiums, consists of open seating with only the main stand housing the offices and corporate areas having cover. The stadium is dual purpose and also has a running track having originally been built for the Summer Universiade in 1999.
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The stadium has food kiosks located in most parts of the stadium selling hot dogs, crisps, coffee, soft drinks and local beer. In addition, stalls adjacent to the kiosks sell sweets, nuts and chocolate. Barbeque food is also available on the approaches to the stadium.
The atmosphere inside the stadium is somewhat muted as RCD Mallorca only attract sell-out crowds when Barcelona or Real Madrid are in town. To be fair to the club, they do their best to boost this and the clubs noisy supporters are housed in a special area to the left of the main stand. As with most stadiums of this nature the running track around the pitch does not help either. The club being aware of this are investigating relocating back to their old stadium if finances can be found to re-build it.
The Balearic Island of Mallorca is one of Spain's busiest holiday resorts with the city of Palma and its surrounding coastal towns and villages being the island's capital. The area has something to offer all who visit; warm weather, nightlife, bars, restaurants, water parks, museums, shops and Palma Cathedral.
The nearest resorts are Palma Nova and Magalluf, both a fifteen minute drive away and the Aquasol Apart Hotel in Palma Nova is highly recommended.
Restaurante Chino and Restaurante Viceroy, both in Magalluf, and the Hard Rock Cafe in Palma are all good places to eat. Beaches are excellent and clean with all the normal water sport activities available. The main shopping mall can be found on Palma Avinguda Jaume III with more up market boutiques at the Passeig Des Born.
The club's average attendance is only around the 11,000 mark since the club relocated to the new stadium twelve years ago. Some of these are ex-British Patriots who have moved to Spain. Attendance is also sometimes increased by holiday makers during the summer months.
Iberostar Stadium is located in the Can Valero area of the city and can be reached by car by exiting exit 7 of the MA-20. There are car parks at the stadium and also plenty of side streets if arriving early. Palma is well served by trains and the station is approximately a ten minute bus ride from the centre. Palma airport is also only thirteen kilometres away.
Ticket prices range from 25 to 45 Euro and this is steep for most games. These also increase when Barcelona and Real Madrid hit town. One will argue that paying anything to watch Barca is a good value, but in general Spanish football is as expensive as the English Premiership, although both are arguably the best in the world.
There are club shops located both at the stadium and in the city centre. Stadium tours are available on non match days and a newspaper type programme is given away free. These are located in piles on the floor as you enter the seated areas. In order to create a family atmosphere and increase attendances the club also has a marquee hosting a disco as pre-match entertainment for those that arrive early.
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