Espanyol Prepare To Bid Farewell To The Montjuic

The Catalans will move to their new stadium for the start of next season...
Espanyol will play their last game at the Montjuic this weekend when they face Malaga in the final match of the La Primera season.

Starting next season, the Catalans will play at the Cornella El Prat, a more modest ground which holds around 40,000 fans compared to the 55,000 at their current ground.

The opening game at the new stadium will be a friendly against Liverpool on August 2 and the keys will be handed over on June 5.

Certainly the Montjuic has provided Espanyol fans with some memorable nights in the twelve seasons it has been used and, despite the complaints about the running track around the pitch, it has held some great games.

Since moving there in 1997, Espanyol have won the Copa del Rey twice, finished runners-up in the UEFA Cup, and have also stayed in La Primera, something which has been in doubt at times this year.

A couple of the best encounters for Espanyol at the stadium include the Copa del Rey semi-final win over Real Madrid back in 2000 and the victory over Werder Bremen in the UEFA Cup.

As they move to their new ground, Espanyol have around 30,000 members, a much improved figure from when they started at the Montjuic.

Both the old ground and the new ground will be used for other sports besides football, and, whilst many Espanyol fans are glad to be leaving after a decade, they are at least leaving on a high.

James Walker-Roberts,