Situated on the outskirts of Madrid, Leganes is represented by a football club that mimicked its geographic position for most of its 90-year-old existence. Club Deportivo Leganes, S.A.D., better known simply as Leganes, was founded in 1928 and made it to La Liga, the top flight of Spanish football, for the first first time only in the 2015/16 season. Until then, it has remained either far away from the Primera Division, down in the depths of the fifth and sixth tiers, or on the periphery of the big-time – the Segunda Division.
At the end of the 2015/16 season, it was sure that their stadium, Estadio Municipal de Butarque, would do something its predecessor never could – host a Primera Division match.
The stadium gets its name from the Our Lady of Butarque, the patron saint of the city of Leganes. It was opened in 1998 and replaced Estadio Luis Rodríguez de Miguel as the club’s home stadium.
For the rest of the world, February 14 might signify the date when couples declare their love for each other but for the good folk of Leganes, it also signifies the day their current stadium was opened back in 1998. Two-time Olympic bronze medallist figure skater Javier Fernandez says that the stadium is small but it is special because it is full almost all the time.
“I have a family connection with this club and to this stadium,” said Hernandez. “Over the years, it brings you closer to the team and the players. I think it is a stadium with a lot of potential. It is small but it is always full.”
Butarque boasts an attendance of 90 percent throughout the season with the greatest moment coming on January 2018 when Leganes hosted Sevilla in the Copa del Rey semi-final. It has also seen its team beating Barcelona. A win against their illustrous neighbours hasn’t come in the Butarque, although they have managed to do that at the Santiago Bernabeu.