The Ayuntamiento de Madrid have stepped in and closed the Estadio de Vallecas, leaving Rayo Vallecano without a stadium. The closure is expected to last until October 15th, with the authorities making clear that the stadium will not re-open until building works have been completed and signed off by the relevant regulators.
Rayo Vallecano’s game against Athletic Club, scheduled to have been played on Saturday, has been postponed as a result, La Liga have confirmed. Future fixtures against Alaves and Espanyol are also likely to be affected but it remains unclear what will happen, with the options of playing elsewhere at a neighbouring stadium or requesting that the fixture is reversed to play on away turf.
Fans complained after the fixture against Sevilla, with reports of weeds growing out of seats, toilets in disgusting states, parts of the stadium remaining a building site and, perhaps most concerning of all, the upper stands shaking when fans celebrated to the extent that some fans even asked Sevilla fans not to jump through fear that the stand would collapse.
The stadium last passed a full inspection in 2012 and whilst it is owned by the local authorities, the upkeep of the arena is the duty of Rayo Vallecano. A statement revealed that the club were reluctant to agree to any such closure and were determined to play as usual but authorities were insistent.