Jaén – Estadio de La Victoria
Two seasons later and with another Segunda title in the bag, Jaen were back in the big time and this time a fourteenth place finish was enough for them to earn another season at the top. The 1957-58 season, their third in La Primera, was to prove to be their last, finishing bottom of the table with 20 points. Since then, Jaen has spent much of it’s time in the third tier, either the Tercera or Segunda B. There has been the occasional, fleeting return to La Segunda, in the 1970’s and at the turn of the century for example, but regional football is now the club’s staple diet.
All sides of the old stadium remained open to the elements until 1981, when an upper seated tier and low cantilevered roof was added to the was added to the south terrace. The press facilities were also moved at this time, from a little box that sat atop of the south terrace to a more substantial structure that stood on stilts above the north terrace. Bench seating was installed on the remaining areas of terracing when Jaen made it back to the second division for the 1997-98 season.
Over the years, La Victoria staged football in the top four levels of Spanish football. Even towards the end, it was still a tidy stadium that was regularly full. Its 11,500 capacity was tightly packed & fairly evenly spread on all four sides of the ground, with the main stand housing bands of green and white seats under a low green cantilevered roof. The site was doomed however and the the municipality started work on a new stadium to the east of town at the start of 1999. The final match at La Victoria was played on 17 June 2001, when Real Betis celebrated promotion back to La Primera with a 0-2 win. The site was finally cleared in April 2005 and you will now find a branch of that perennial purchaser of old stadiums, El Corte Inglés, on the site. Hmm!