The fans were upset when they moved to the Estadio de Gran Canaria, especially when there was still a running track. They left their old ground in the city centre with an aching heart. The old Estadio Insular was UD Las Palmas’ home from 1949 and 2003. This is where the club had its biggest successes, including a second-place finish in the first division in 1969.
The new Estadio de Gran Canaria is far outside the city centre, next to a cemetery and a large shopping mall, so this is far from ideal. The old Estadio Insular was abandoned for eleven years, but nowadays, it is a beautiful park. Some of the stands still exist and have been decorated with colourful flowers. You can find murals of former players. The old facade now acts as a fence. It is hard to think of a better second life for a stadium.