The 42 First and Second Clubs had until midnight from Thursday to Friday to communicate to LaLiga and the Spanish Federation one of the great novelties of this season 2020-21, and the most revolutionary measures derived from the COVID-19 pandemic: an alternative stadium in which to play in case of not being able to do it on your own as a result of health issues. And so much Espanyol and Villarreal have already set a solution in common.
The parakeet and ‘groguet’ clubs have reached an agreement so that one team can play their home matches at the other’s stadium in case that one of the two autonomous communities where their headquarters are located, Catalonia or the Valencian Community, were confined or affected by restrictions that would prevent the dispute of their league matches. That is Espanyol could act as a local in La Cerámica and Villarreal, do the same in the RCDE Stadium if the sanitary conditions are complicated at some point in the season. The news, advanced by ‘Tiempo de Espanyol’, has been confirmed by AS from official sources.
Interestingly, in the memory of parakeets fans it is still very fresh one of the rare moments of joy they were able to experience last season, which led to relegation to Second, when On January 19, a caravan of 3,000 Espanyol fans accompanied their team to La Cerámica, despite a significant storm, with the reward of a 1-2 that at least raised the spirits for a few days. Paradoxically, if the Blue and Whites were now acting as locals at the Villarreal stadium, they should do so almost certainly without an audience.