To be approved for the UEFA Champions League, stadiums have to fulfil a series of requisites, for which the Stadium had to be quickly renovated in 2005 to meet those regulations. The façade was covered with yellow tiles, both to improve aesthetics, and to benefit the local industry of tiles. The dressing rooms were also renovated, creating an office for the coach, physiotherapy room, and a bath and showers area. There were also created an office for the UEFA delegates, an anti-doping hall, and the room for press conferences was expanded.
The separation of the pitch from the public has been expanded one meter, and the entrance to the dressing rooms had to be revised. Two restaurants have been created inside the facilities, and the advertising system was computerized.
The stadium’s address is Parque de Isabel la Católica, 33390 Gijón.
The stadium played host to two famous group matches in the 1982 World Cup, Germany‘s shock 1-2 defeat to Algeria being the first. After the result of Algeria’s final group game was known, a rather uncontested 1-0 victory of Germany against Austria which sent both teams through at Algeria’s expense. This shameful game at Gijon directly led to a change of the rules requiring the last matches in the group phase to be played simultaneously.