Pamplona – Estadio Mutilnova
I have sung the praises of Pamplona’s multi-sports clubs & their facilities on these pages before. Back in 2014, Agrupación San Juan came within a few minutes of completing a league campaign unbeaten. Their subsequent failure to navigate the play-offs may have taken the shine off their season, but there is no doubt that the facilities provided by the club are quite astonishing. Roll-on 2 years and another multi-sports club from Pamplona has gone one better and won promotion to Segunda B. Take a bow Unión Deportiva Mutilvera. Oh, and the Estadio Mutilova!
UD Mutilvera was founded in 1968 and during the first couple of decades, the principle focus was on youth football. Home until 1988 was the Campo de Mutilva Baja. The club then had a season long stay at the Campo Luís Amigó, before moving to the Polideportivo Municipal Valle de Aranguren at the start of the 1989-90 season. This was a new sports centre that had been built by the municipality and featured a covered stand behind the western goal which adjoined the main sports hall. A senior team registered with the Navarran Federation in 1993 and so started a steady progress through the divisions until they reached the Tercera in 2001. Here the club has remained, reaching the play-offs for Segunda B for the first time in 2005. Since their initial appearance in the play-offs, UD Mutilvera has made a further 8 appearances before finally overcoming Gimnástica Torrelavega, Zamora & Conquense on route to the third tier.
On 30 April 2008, UD Mutilvera beat CD Aoiz 1-0 in the first match at the Estadio Mutilnova. The new stadium was built on waste land next to the main sports hall at the Polideportivo Municipal Valle de Aranguren, and was literally just a short goal-kick away from the ground that had served as home for the past 10 seasons. Mutilnova has a capacity of 1000 and its principle feature is a raised stand on the east side of the enclosure. Under its shallow cantilevered roof sits 4 rows of multicoloured seats, whilst hard-standing is found on the other three sides of the artificial surface.