Groundhopping before Corona: Carnaval in Cadiz

πŸ“†29-2-2020.

πŸ† Segunda Division, Spain

⚽ Cadiz CF – UD Almeria 1-2

🏟️ Estadio Ramon de Carranza, Cadiz, Andalusia, Spain. Capacity: 20.724

On the third day of my stay in Sevilla I take an early train to Cadiz. Cadiz CF, leader in the Segunda Division is playing against third positioned UD Almeria in the evening (18:15).

After an almost 2-hour train ride I arrive in the city center of Cadiz. It’s 10 o’clock in the morning and It’s quite calm and empty in the city. Apparently, this weekend the Cadiz Carnaval will take place and most people are still recovering from last night. I decide to go around the old town and go to the Castle which is located at the end of the pier of Cadiz.

When I get back to the old town around noon, the Carnaval activities have already started. Carnaval groups are singing and playing music, the ambiance is very good.

In the late afternoon I wander by the beaches to the stadium Ramon de Carranza, the stadium of CF Cadiz. The stadium is located at only 100 meters of one of the biggest beaches of Cadiz. The stadium was built in 1955 and was renovated the first time in 1955. Between 2003 and 2012 all stands were renovated separately and it has now a capacity of 20.724 fans. The stadium not so big but the stands are quite steep which brings a nice atmosphere.

In the streets around the stadium there are a lot of nice bars and cafes where fans gather before the game. Some of the locals are still in their carnaval costumes so they can continue the party after the game.

When both teams are coming together on the pitch they are holding the Andalusian flag as the day before it was the Day of Andalusia.

Against all odds UD Almeria scores very early in the first half. After the 0-1, the home team is taking over control of the game and at the end of the half time they score the equalizer.

In the 60’ minute Alex Fernandes scores a lucky goal for Cadiz and they will keep the 3 points at home although Almeria hit the post in the last minutes of the game. After the game the Carnaval festivities continues in the old town of Cadiz.

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