Thanks to the Spanish Transparency Law, we would be able to obtain 29 agreements between city councils and football team from the First and Second Division of LaLiga for the rental of the local stadiums where the football teams play. It was the first time that this information was compilated and published in Spain and shows the agreements between the councils and the teams for the use of each stadium.
It was the first time that the agreements between city councils and football professional teams for renting public stadiums was published in Spain. All the agreements and documents are published in El Confidencial’s Github repository (https://github.com/ECLaboratorio/unidad-de-datos/tree/master/proyectos/convenios_estadios). In terms of pageviews, the article had more than 60,000 views, much above the average and median for a report published on El Confidencial.
We used the Spanish Transparency Law to obtain 29 (of 42) agreements between city councils and football teams. We asked for them since September 2019; public administration has one month, plus other possible month, to give the information asked by the citizens. For the infographis, we used both Leaflet and Datawrapper, plus the repository in our GitHub account.
What was the hardest part of this project?
The hardest part of the project, obviously, was to obtain the rental agreements. We would wait for one or two months for them; after we received, we started producing the report and the infographics.
What can others learn from this project?
One thing that others can learn from this project is that anything related with the public sphere, including agreements for the use of public infrastructures, may be subject to FOIA requests.