Copa del Rey final venue confirmed
Copa Del Rey By: Collins Udeme | 13/02/2017
The Spanish football federation on Monday took the decision to hold the 2017 Copa del Rey final between Barcelona and Alavés at Vicente Calderón stadium.The Vicente Calderon played host to last year's Copa final, which saw the Blaugrana triumph over Sevilla, having held the tournament's culmination for the first time in 1973.Barcelona defeated Atlético Madrid in their semi-final to set up a final clash against Deportivo Alavés who disposed of Celta vigo in theirs.Spain has no official football stadium, meaning that every year a venue has to be chosen and often lengthy debates, in particular with Real Madrid never wanting the possibility of Barcelona winning a trophy at the Bernabéu, and Barça with a similar sentiment over the Camp Nou. This year Barcelona asked for the Bernabéu and according to AS, Real Madrid said it was impossible.Reports say Atleti fans protested to their president Enrique Cerezo to try and have the decision changed. However Cerezo had previously agreed to play the final there, with Federation boss Angel María Villar, and the protests have fallen on deaf ears.The other options were all ruled out. Athletic Club's San Mamés is playing host to Guns N' Roses that week, making it impossible to have the Copa del Rey final there. Finalists Alavés rejected the Camp Nou, and although Barcelona requested the Bernabéu, as mentioned above, Real Madrid had their excuse prepared.