For such a little and unassuming ground, Los Arcos has seen its fair share of drama. It has witnessed one club folding, another reach the brink of bankruptcy, a financial demotion and for one magical season in the early nineties, the very real possibility that it could stage top flight football. Goodness knows how it would have coped, because looking at the location it is hard to see how any more space could have been garnered.
Los Arcos has a capacity of 6,000 and is located on a bend in the Rio Segura, which splits the town in half. On either side of the ground are apartments, the local bullring (now derelict) is at the southern end and the aforementioned Rio Segura runs five metres behind the northern perimeter. I’m sure this looked quite spacious back in 1945, when it just had the bullring as a neighbour, and it remained relatively basic for the next 45 years. The first tenants of the municipally owned ground were Orihuela Deportiva, who having been formed in 1944, were the town’s first serious attempt at a professional team.
|Los Arcos - It's enough to give a property developer the horn|
|Field of dreams - The Plaza de Toros awaits its new neighbour|
|Los Arcos in the final days of Orihuela Deportiva|
|Los Arcos - Back in the days when it had a north end|
|Low tech - Los Arcos main stand|
|Patched up. Temporary seats behind the northern goal|