The Sport’s Friends (predecessor of Deportivo Alavés himself) had already played matches in the same location but the terrain was practically a wheat field. Vitoria it had barely 30,000 inhabitants and the land was owned by Manuel Cobo. The benefactors of the project to create a soccer field in good condition were Felix Alfaro, José Gabriel Guinea and Federico del Campo, in charge of looking for patrons to put the idea on its feet. The works started in 1923 and closed a few months later. The celebrations of San Prudencio they served as the perfect setting for two historic games.And is that Alavés played his first commitment, as a club, on April 28 and faced the Cuenca-27 Infantry Regiment, who was stationed in the city and who had helped since the early 20s to condition the area. That eleven alavesista was formed by Martinez in goal, Millán and Fives behind Castresana, Juanin and Baroja as means and Valero, Abellán, Pérez Muga, Juan and Bridge in the front. The albiazules won 3-1 and laid the first stone in their stadium to then star in a glorious journey. Pérez Muga got two goals and Juanín the third. Alavés’ last match at Mendi was on March 6 against Valencia. Then the break came. San Prudencio (holy meon as tradition says because it always rains) is celebrated with a pilgrimage every April 28. It is customary to eat snails with perretxikos and the saint is venerated days before doing the same with the provincial patron saint in his sanctuary, that of the Virgin of Estíbaliz. This Monday would have been the day of the retreta, the tamborrada, the dinners in the societies and the longest night of the year along with that of the Bajada de Celedón and the txupinazo of all the days of August 4.Waiting for what happens then – the Sanfermines have already been postponed – the San Prudencio 2020 will be lived from the confinement. But also remembering important ephemeris like 96 years of celebrating Alavés’ first game as a team in Mendizorroza. On the 27th the inauguration itself had taken place with the blessing of the priest of San Miguel, Faustino Mendieta, a foot race, a cycling race and a collision between a team from the province (with some players from the Alaves) and the Tomatoes from Deusto. The final result was 2-0 favorable for the local team.