Marbella will become a hotspot for football this July, after Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales announced the town as main host for this season's play-offs for promotion to Segunda.
This announcement came after Murcia's candidature was rejected; a lower incidence of Covid-19 in Marbella, as well as milder temperatures, were deciding factors in the decision.
The matches will take place from 18 to 26 July and will feature Marbella alongside 15 other teams fighting for four promotion spots (Atlético Baleares, Ibiza, Atlético de Madrid B, Peña Deportiva, Logroñés, Cultural Leonesa, Bilbao Athletic, Valladolid B, Castellón, Barcelona B, Sabadell, Cornellá, Cartagena, Badajoz and Yeclano).
Matches will be played at the Antonio Lorenzo stadium and the Marbella Football Center while some ties will also take place at the Nuevo Mirador stadium in Algeciras, and in Malaga, at La Rosaleda and the city's athletics ground. Marbella will not be allowed to play at their home ground.
During the same period, the play-off fixtures for promotion to Segunda B from groups IX and X of Tercera will also be taking place in the town. This means that there will be 24 teams based in and around the area at the same time.