At a cost of 28m pesetas, Montilivi opened its doors to Girona in August 1970 and remains the Catalans’ home to this day. Situated in the local town of Montilivi in the city of Girona, the stadium is known at present to have a maximum capacity of 9,286 seated supporters, but with redevelopment work ongoing, this figure is subject to change, given the notable reconstruction work taking place at the Gol Nord section of the stadium. Despite the maximum number of seated spectators standing at just over 9,000, this didn't stop almost 25,000 attending Montilivi at the start of the 1970s for a match against Barcelona - a figure that still stands as a club record for attendance figures.
As well as hosting the annual Costa Brava Trophy organised by Girona each summer during preseason, Montilivi has been the side’s home for almost five full decades, from the days of the regional divisions right up until their promotion to the La Liga. Yet despite regular improvements made to the ground since 2010 to increase capacity and a long-lease guarantee agreed with the local council, given the demands of top-flight football, Montilivi has subsequently had to adapt ahead of the club’s first season in the big time.
After improvements and upgrades in lighting and to their media centre, Girona intend to complete an increase in Montilivi's capacity to 15,000 in accordance with La Liga regulations over the next two years. Together with changes made to the playing surface and accompanying drainage, Girona's promotion has led to a number of modern changes at Montilivi, with the stadium almost ready to welcome Primera teams this season and beyond.
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Words: Adam Selby