Getafe - Ciudad Deportiva del Getafe

As we all know, there is little room for sympathy in football. Take for example the circumstances that led to the formation of Getafe Club de Fútbol.  Following the passing of Getafe Deportivo in July 1983, Club Getafe Promesas, the former reserve side of the deceased parent club, immediately set about constructing the framework to become the town's senior team. Within a week they had changed their name to Getafe Club de Fútbol and set up their own reserve side, Getafe Club de Fútbol Promesas, who from 1983 competed in the 3rd level of the Federación Castellana League.
A grainy photo of Las Margaritas from its Getafe Deportivo days
Following a couple of promotions and the founding of the autonomous Madrid Federation, Getafe Promesas found themselves in the Regional Preferente for the 1986-87 season. Home matches were played at Las Margaritas, and following full integration into the professional ranks and a name change to Getafe Club de Fútbol B in 1991, the club reached the Tercera for the 1994-95 season. Over the next decade, the club switched between the Tercera and the Regional Preferente on four occasions. It had also switched its home fixtures to the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez in 1998 and following their best ever finish of ninth in the Tercera in 2004-05, moved to the club's new Ciudad Deportiva del Getafe, which had been built on land around 150 metres to the east of the main stadium. Over the next six seasons, the club clocked-up a series of top ten finishes, but it wasn't until their third appearance in the end of season play-offs, that Getafe B secured promotion to Segunda B. Real Zaragoza B, Jumilla CF and Portugalete CF were all eliminated on the way to acquiring a place in Segunda B.
Today we will be mostly playing at... The Ciudad Deportiva
Whilst the Ciudad Deportiva del Getafe is Getafe B's official home, they do have quite a nomadic existence, playing more important matches back at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez, as well as switching between the two natural grass arenas at the Ciudad Deportiva. You can read about the main stadium here, but there is not a great deal to get excited about at the sports city. The pitch most recently favoured is the most north westerly and features a short 20 metre, blue cantilevered cover over a slightly longer terrace. Opposite this cover, on the east side of the ground is the facilities main hub, featuring the changing rooms and a gymnasium. On the other side of the building is the other pitch Getafe B use and a small seated stand. This arena is undergoing a bit of refurbishment and the seating deck is currently being expanded. This whole hub is covered by a peculiar roof that resembles an over-sized blue sofa. Despite regularly switching home grounds, Getafe B has setlled in well to the third tier and look well placed to repeat last season's seventh place finish.