When I started work on Estadios de Fútbol en España back in February of this year, I wasn't exactly sure what I was trying to do or who I was trying to reach. All I knew was that Spain had some fantastic stadiums and I knew a fair
bit about them. Well, 10 months on and the site has received 127,000 hits and
is followed by nearly 500 people on Twitter. Well, I guess that's progress.
|This is also a chance to have a look at some of my favourite|
pictures of 2011. This is El Mazo in Haro
post is just an opportunity to say thanks to everybody who has shown an
interest and either followed, re-tweeted or offered advice. Some have even been brave enough
to let me talk to them or write for them about the stadiums of Spain. A special thank you to them. Now before I get all Gwyneth Paltrow on you, let’s have a look at some of
the best and most popular pages from 2011.
|And the winner is... Real Madrid's Estadio Santiago Bernabeu|
the most visited pages of the past 10 months have been Real Madrid’s Estadio Santiago Bernabeu and Barcelona’s Camp Nou, but I’ve the Tartan Army to thank for their
interest in the third most visited page, The Estadio Jose Rico Perez. The
Scottish national side paid a visit in October and the page proved a hit with
the travelling fans and those watching on TV.
the end of November, I’d completed work on the histories of all of the stadiums
in La Primera and the link that was posted on Twitter led to a big upturn in
interest in the site. Another popular series was the Gone but not Forgotten posts
that looked at the former stadiums across Spain. They can be an absolute sod to
research, but worth the graft and I have unearthed some superb photographs
along the way.
|Torrelavega's Nuevo Malecon, due to open in January 2012|
what can you expect in 2012? Well I will pull my finger out and finish the
final two stadiums in La Segunda, namely the Nueva Condomina and the Nuevo
Colombino. Gimnastca’s new stadium in Torrelavega is due to open in January, so
expect a post on that and I am working on a series to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Spain’s staging of the World Cup. Thanks for all your interest
and support and here’s to a prosperous and healthy New Year.