Estella-Lizarra – Estadio Merkatondoa

Club Deportivo Izarra hail from the western region of Navarra and the small town of Estella-Lizarra. Founded in 1924 as Izarra Beti Aurrera. Franco’s insistence on club’s having names of Spanish origin, put pay to that, and the club adopted its present title in 1941. Izarra’s first home was the Campo de la Pieza del Conde, but in 1928, they moved out of town and south of the Rio Ega to their present home. Merkatondoa opened on 11 November 1928 with a match against CA Osasuna.

Opening day at Merkatondoa

Much of what you see at Merkatondoa is as a result of building that took place in the 1987. It was smartened up at the start of the 09-10 season and an artificial surface was installed, which given that harsh winters you see in this part of Spain was a wise move. The stadium’s stand-out feature, apart from a natty blue surround to the pitch, is the main stand which has a raised seated tier and propped cover. Just under 40 metres in length, it has around 170 blue & white seats in the central section and concrete benches either side. On the opposite east side is a narrow covered terrace that runs the full length of the pitch, whilst the stadium’s only other terrace is found under a short cover on the north side.

Merkatondoa – Small but perfectly formed

Merkatondoa is a terrific provincial ground that has been enhanced by the 2009 refurbishment. After a 3 year absence, Izarra returned to Segunda B at the end of the 2014-15 season, and has clocked-up a series of mid-table finishes over the past three seasons. Unlike so many other small provincial club’s promoted to Segunda B in recent years, CD Izarra knows its limits and cuts its cloth accordingly.

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