Estadio José María Minella
|Estadio José María Minella|
|Full name||Estadio José María Minella|
|Location||Mar del Plata, Argentina|
|Opened||May 21, 1978|
|Field size||105 x 70 m|
|Aldosivi (Division 2)|
The stadium was built for the 1978 World Cup. It has capacity for 35,354 spectators, although some of the capacity is standing only, like many Argentine stadiums. The stadium was named for José María Minella, a renowned former midfielder in the 1930s and 1940s for Club Atlético River Plate and the Argentina national football team, and later manager of the River Plate team from 1945 to 1959 in what became one of the team's most successful eras.
Since there are no Argentine First Division teams in Mar del Plata, the stadium is sparsely used, mostly by second division and regional teams, and by first division teams for summer tournaments. The stadium also hosts festivals and concerts.
The stadium also hosts music events on a regular basis. Two of the most noteworthy such events include British rock star Rod Stewart performance at the stadium during his Out of Order Tour on February 25, 1989, and Mexican crooner Luis Miguel's performance on December 2, 1994, during his Segundo Romance Tour.
On February 24, 1993, the stadium played host to the second, and final, Intercontinental Cup for Nations (known as the Artemio Franchi Trophy) match between the then-defending South American football champions, Argentina, and reigning European champions, Denmark. The match ended 1–1 after extra time, but Argentina went on to win 5 – 4 on penalties.
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