Estádio Olímpico Monumental

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Estádio Olímpico Monumental
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Former names Estádio Olímpico
Location Porto Alegre, Brazil
Coordinates 30°3′37.79″S 51°12′48.94″W / 30.0604972°S 51.2135944°W / -30.0604972; -51.2135944Coordinates: 30°3′37.79″S 51°12′48.94″W / 30.0604972°S 51.2135944°W / -30.0604972; -51.2135944
Built 1954
Opened September 19, 1954
Renovated 1980
Closed December 9, 2012
Owner Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense
Operator Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense
Surface Bermuda Grass
American RayGrass
Architect Plínio Oliveira Almeida
Capacity 45,000 (originally 38,000)
Executive suites 45
Field size 105 x 68 m
Website Official Website
Tenants
Grêmio FBPA

Estádio Olímpico Monumental (Monumental Olympic Stadium, in English), also known as Estádio Olímpico de Porto Alegre (Porto Alegre Olympic Stadium) and Estádio Olímpico (Olympic Stadium) until 1980, was a football stadium in the city of Porto Alegre, in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, with a maximum capacity of 45,000 people.[1] The stadium was owned by Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense.[1] Inaugurated in September 19, 1954, the stadium was the home field of the Grêmio football club before being replaced by Arena do Grêmio in December 2012.

History[edit]

The stadium was inaugurated on September 19, 1954, with a maximum capacity of 38,000 people.[2] In 1980, the stadium was expanded, and its capacity increased to 85,000 people.[2] In 1990, the upper ring bleachers were numbered, and the Olímpico Monumental's capacity decreased to 51,081 people.[2]

The inaugural match was played on September 19, 1954, when Grêmio beat Nacional of Uruguay 2-0.[1] The first goal of the stadium was scored by Grêmio's player Vitor.[1]

The stadium's attendance record currently stands at 85,721, set on April 26, 1981, when Ponte Preta beat Grêmio 1-0.[1]

Grêmio won the Copa Libertadores at Estádio Olímpico Monumental on July 29, 1983, after defeating Peñarol from Uruguay in a difficult match.[2]

Grêmio moved from the Estádio Olimpico Monumental to the new Arena do Grêmio on December 8, 2012. [3]

Other uses[edit]

The stadium is also used for large concerts. The first concert in the history of the stadium was the former member of the band The Police, the singer-songwriter Sting. In this concert, 60,000 people were at the stadium cheer him, and this is one of the largest international shows that have passed through the city of Porto Alegre. Two years later, it was time for Rod Stewart to perform at the stadium. Around 30,000 people attended the concert, this one with a less impressive number, considering that the singer performed in Florianopolis in the same week, emptying the show in Porto Alegre. In October 2001, the legend Eric Clapton performed for a fully packed stadium. In 2002, Roger Waters and the band Rush performed at sold-out stadium. The stadium has also hosted Lenny Kravitz´s concert in 2005, which was also a large audience.

The American singer Madonna performed a sold out concert to 43.000 crowd at the stadium on December 9, 2012, as part of MDNA Tour, this one been the last concert on the stadium.

Events at Estádio Olímpico Monumental
Date Event Artist(s) Attendance
1984 - Rod Stewart 30,000
2 December 1987 Nothing Like The Sun Tour Sting 60,000
10 October 2001 The Reptile Tour Eric Clapton -
12 March 2002 In The Flesh Tour Roger Waters -
20 November 2002 Vapor Trails Tour Rush 43,000
21 October 2003 Vapor Trails Tour Rush 25,000
15 March 2005 Baptism Tour Lenny Kravitz 20,000
14 September 2012 Banquete Monumental Dudu Nobre 600
15 September 2012 Abraço ao Olímpico Mc Cagê, Mc Thayla 15,000
9 December 2012 The MDNA Tour Madonna 43,000

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Olímpico" (in Portuguese). Cadastro Nacional de Estadios do Futebol. Retrieved 2009-10-27. 
  2. ^ a b c d Enciclopédia do Futebol Brasileiro Lance Volume 2. Rio de Janeiro: Aretê Editorial S/A. 2001. pp. 471–473. ISBN 85-88651-01-7. 
  3. ^ http://arena.gremio.net/#!/home