|Full name||Estadio Municipal El Molinón|
|Owners||Ayuntamiento de Gijón|
|Tenants||Sporting de Gijón (1917–present)|
|Field dimensions|| 105 m × 68 m|
(344 ft × 223 ft)
El Molinón is the oldest professional football field in Spain. It has been in use since at least 1908, and is located on the site of an old watermill, hence the stadium's name, the Asturian word for "big mill".
Real Sporting started to use El Molinón as official ground in 1917. The first official match was held on April 22, 1917 between Real Sporting and Arenas Club de Getxo as part of the 1917 Copa del Rey. Arenas won 0-1. On 2 May 1920, El Molinón held the 1920 Copa del Rey Final, where FC Barcelona defeated Athletic Bilbao by 2–0.
In 1924 Real Sporting bought El Molinón and became the owner of the stadium. In 1931 the main stand was destroyed by fire, but it was later re-built. In 1944, Gijón City Hall re-bought El Molinón due to Sporting's bad financial situation.
In 1968 four floodlights were installed at El Molinón and the first night match was played against Valencia CF. On 30 November 1969, El Molinón became the first all-covered stadium in Spain and on 28 January 1970, the first match to be televised in Spain was played at El Molinón. Sporting defeated Osasuna by 3–0.
During 1997–98, El Molinón prepared to adapt to the new UEFA and FIFA security legislation: all people must be seated and the fences must be removed. The stadium's capacity was reduced from 42,000 to 25,885. However, plans were put forward for the stadium to be renovated and expanded. After the expansion between 2009 and 2011, El Molinón's capacity again grew to 30,000 seats.
50 years later, El Molinón held again another international match between Spain and Czechoslovakia.
On 22 March 2013, El Molinón held a World Cup Qualifying match between Spain and Finland. The match finished in a 1-1 draw.
1982 FIFA World Cup
The stadium played host to three matches in Group B. Two of them were infamous in the 1982 World Cup, West 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 West Germany against Austria which sent both teams through at Algeria's expense. In German the match is known as Nichtangriffspakt von Gijón (lit. Non-aggression pact of Gijón) or Schande von Gijón (lit. Shame of Gijón). 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.
| 16 June 1982|
|West Germany||1 – 2||Algeria|| El Molinón, Gijón|
Referee: Enrique Labo Revoredo (Peru)
|Rummenigge 67'||Report|| Madjer 54'|
| 20 June 1982|
|West Germany||4 – 1||Chile|| El Molinón, Gijón|
Referee: Bruno Galler (Switzerland)
| Rummenigge 9', 57', 66'|
| 25 June 1982|
|West Germany||1 – 0||Austria|| El Molinón, Gijón|
Referee: Bob Valentine (Scotland)
All Spain matches at El Molinón
|22 April 1928||Italy||1–1||Friendly match|
|29 March 1978||Norway||3–0||Friendly match|
|16 April 1980||Czechoslovakia||2–2||Friendly match|
|24 September 1986||Greece||3–1||Friendly match|
|12 September 1990||Brazil||3–1||Friendly match|
|11 October 1997||Faroe Islands||3–1||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)|
|31 March 2004||Denmark||2–0||Friendly match|
|17 August 2005||Uruguay||2–0||Friendly match|
|22 March 2013||Finland||1–1||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)|
|Real Sporting de Gijón, SAD|
|1982 FIFA World Cup stadiums|
José Rico Peréz (Alicante) · Martínez Valero (Elche) · Camp Nou (Barcelona) · Sarrià (Barcelona) · San Mamés (Bilbao) · El Molinón (Gijón) · Riazor (La Coruña) · Santiago Bernabéu (Madrid) · Vicente Calderón (Madrid) · La Rosaleda (Malaga) · Carlos Tartiere (Oviedo) · La Romareda (Zaragoza) · Municipal de Heliópolis (Sevilla) · Pizjuán (Sevilla) · Luis Casanova (Valencia) · José Zorrilla (Villadolid) Balaídos (Vigo)