Estadio Azul

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Estadio Azul
El Azul
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One of the 24 gates to enter the stadium.
Full name Estadio Azul (Blue Stadium)
Former names Estadio Olímpico de la Ciudad de los Deportes (Olympic Stadium Sports City) (1947-1983)
Estadio Azulgrana (Blue-Crimson Stadium) (1983-1996)
Location Calle Indiana 255 Mexico City, Mexico C.P. 03810
Coordinates 19°23′0.20″N 99°10′41.61″W / 19.3833889°N 99.1782250°W / 19.3833889; -99.1782250Coordinates: 19°23′0.20″N 99°10′41.61″W / 19.3833889°N 99.1782250°W / 19.3833889; -99.1782250
Owner OCESA
Operator Cruz Azul
Executive suites 92 boxes
Capacity 35,161
Field size 108 x 68 m
Surface Grass
Construction
Opened January 5, 1947
Renovated 1996
Tenants
Cruz Azul (Liga MX)
(1996–present)
América
(1947-1955)
Necaxa
(1950-1955)
Atlante
(1947-1955, 1983-1989, 1991-1996, 2000-2002)

The Estadio Azul, is a 35,000-seat stadium located in Mexico City. This sports facility is currently used for association football matches and previously (until 1990) for American football. It is the home of Mexican football club Cruz Azul; it has been also home for Atlante F.C. (hence the nickname Estadio Azulgrana) and several home matches of the Mexico national football team, especially in the early 1990s.

Both times when Mexico hosted the World Cup, Estadio Azul did not host any games mainly due to the age of the structure, the bad parking facilities and the complex traffic patterns.

A peculiarity of this stadium is that it is built as a pit; the playing field is below street level. Another oddity is that just beside the stadium is the Plaza México, the world's largest bullring.

Infrastructure[edit]

Following the arrival of Cruz Azul, there have been many renovations to make the stadium safer, comfortable and appropriate to the needs of fans. Among these amenities are:

  • 2 professional football locker rooms
  • 2 locker rooms for referees
  • A press conference room with seating capacity for 50 people
  • A closed-circuit video system that includes seven cameras
  • Estadio Azul holds 35,161 people, including 92 boxes.

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