Estadio Ciudad de La Plata
|Estadio Ciudad de La Plata|
|Full name||Estadio Ciudad de La Plata|
|Location||La Plata, Argentina|
|Built||1997 - 2003|
|Opened||June 7, 2003|
|Owner||Buenos Aires Province|
|Construction cost||$ 100 million approx.|
|Field dimensions||105 x 70|
|Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata|
The Estadio Ciudad de La Plata is a multi-purpose stadium located in the city of La Plata, Argentina. It is also known popularly as the Estadio Único and is owned by the Province of Buenos Aires, administered jointly by the provincial government, the Municipality of La Plata, and the football clubs Estudiantes de La Plata and Gimnasia y Esgrima de la Plata.
Opened on June 7, 2003, the Estadio Ciudad de La Plata is one of the most modern of Latin America, even without having completed all of the planned construction. Its tenants include Estudiantes LP and Gimnasia y Esgrima LP. Gimnasia returned to their original stadium in mid-2008.
It is located between 32nd and 526th avenues, 25 Street and 21. These fields also contain a small rugby stadium and a center for Physical Education, which tend to be intercollegiate events with schools in the area, such as the school No. 31, better known as the Saint Martin Commercial.
Besides the planned placement of the cover to the third stage, which will begin in 2009, by virtue of being made the first two stages.
The idea of the project began in 1947 when Governor Domingo Mercante expropriated the property located at the junction of Roads 32 and 25 and formed the La Plata Sports Complex.
In 1972, La Plata was to be a candidate to host matches in the 1978 FIFA World Cup.
In 1989, after a meeting between the Buenos Aires Province Government and the Municipality of La Plata's, Estudiantes and Gimnasia, created a committee to build and manage a complex dedicated entirely to the practice of football and other sports.
Thus, after reviewing several alternatives, the construction of the stadium was proposed to take place in the area of the Center for Physical Education No. 2. This determined as the most accessible area for a stadium in La Plata. In January 1992 it was signed into law 11118, which established the construction site.
On April 21, 1992, the Estadio Ciudad de La Plata Foundation was established, which was an institution composed equally of representatives from Estudiantes and Gimnasia. The College of Architects and Engineers held a meeting in April 1993 to choose an architectural proposal. It was awarded to Roberto Ferreira & Associates.
In 1996 a permit was given by the Executive Branch that awarded the provincial administration the right to begin construction the following year. The Executive Unit called for public tenders for the job.
A year later they began building the supports for the roof. And in 1998, the governor Eduardo Duhalde and the Mayor of La Plata, Julio Alak, laid the first stone to begin the construction of the stadium.
The works also detained foir trade union and economic problems in 2000, so ad with Eduardo Duhalde as President of the Nation, called for a new tender for the allocation of investment with a view to its installation in May 2003.
The stadium opened on June 7, 2003. It has been confirmed as one of seven venues to host the 2011 Copa América in Argentina. It will host the opening game on July 1.
The stadium was temporarily closed to convert it into an all-seater stadium, and to install a new roof intended to cover all seats. Work had gone ahead of schedule and the roof was finished before the end of February.
The stadium has since become a significant venue for musicians on tour. Over 300,000 tickets to such events at the stadium were sold in 2011, ranking the La Plata Stadium fifth worldwide in performing events tickets sold.
- The Irish rock band U2 played 3 concerts at the stadium as part of U2 360° Tour. The shows happened on March 30, April 2 and 3, 2011.
- Guns N' Roses played here on October 8, 2011 as part of the Chinese Democracy Tour.
- Aerosmith performed here on October 28, 2011 during Back On the Road Tour.
- Pearl Jam played in here on November 13 ,2011 during Pearl Jam Twenty Tour.
- The popstar Britney Spears performed at the venue on November 20, 2011 during her Femme Fatale Tour.