Estadio Monumental David Arellano
|Full name||Estadio Monumental|
|Location||Macul, Santiago, Chile|
|Opened||1975 / 1989|
|Field size||108 x 68 m|
|Colo-Colo (1975-1976) (1989–present)|
The Estadio Monumental is a football stadium in Macul, south-east of the centre of the Chilean capital Santiago. It serves as the home ground of Colo-Colo, and on occasions also for other clubs and the national football team. The stadium has a current spectator capacity of 47,347. The actual playing field is named after David Arellano, the legendary founder of Colo-Colo, therefore, on occasions the whole stadium is referred to as Estadio Monumental David Arellano.
The stadium was first opened in 1975 with a double act in front of a crowd of 25,599. In the first match Santiago Morning and Santiago Wanderers drew 1-1 and in the main event Colo-Colo defeated Deportes Aviación 1-0, Carlos Orellana being the scorer. However, the stadium proved unsuitable for ongoing use, and therefore only five more matches took place there for the time being.
Completed in its current form in 1989, it was reopened in September of that year with a match between Colo-Colo and CA Peñarol from Uruguay, which the hosts won 2-1, thanks to goals by Marcelo Barticciotto and Leonel Herrera. The official capacity of the stadium then was between 62,500 and 65,000 spectators. The highest ever recorded attendance when 69,305 spectators saw a championship match between Colo-Colo and Club Universidad de Chile in 1992. The stadium was in 1991 home to the second Copa Libertadores final, won by Colo-Colo 3-0, making it the sole Chilean club to win the trophy.
Accidents, including a fatality in 1993, instigated various modernisations which led to a reduction of the capacity to the current 47,000 spectators.
The stadium is also rented out to club Santiago Morning and other Chilean teams that require holding games on the international tournament scale. It has also been used by the Chile national football team when the Estadio Nacional, the main football stadium of the country, is unavailable. The American rock band Pearl Jam are scheduled to play at the stadium on November 16, 2011, as part of their 20th anniversary tour.
As well as hosting club teams, Estadio Monumental has held seven games between Chile and other national squads. In 1997, Ivan Zamorano scored five goals for Chile in a 6-0 win over Venezuela during a France 1998 World Cup qualifier. In 2009, Chile drew 2-2 in another qualifier against Venezuela for the South Africa 2010 World Cup, and won 1-0 against Ecuador for a qualifier in the same competition. In 2012, Chile played two qualifiers for the Brazil 2014 World Cup at the Estadio Monumental, winning 4-2 against Peru, and losing 1-3 against Colombia. Two international friendly matches have been held the stadium: a 2-0 win for Chile over Uruguay in 2010, and a 4-0 Chilean victory over Estonia in 2011.
The Estadio monumental has also served as a venue for large musical events. On November 4, 2010, U.S. band Jonas Brothers performed a concert at the stadium in front of 30,000 fans. On September 16, 2011, U.S. band Red Hot Chili Peppers played at the stadium to a crowd of 45,000, supported by Chilean band Chancho en Piedra and British band Foals. Pearl Jam drew a record crowd for a music concert at the stadium, performing in front of 53,000 on November 7, 2011.
British band Coldplay were scheduled to play at the stadium on February 12, 2013 as part of the band’s South America tour for the album Mylo Xyloto, released in October 2011, though the band later cancelled these tour dates.
- Estadio Monumental, Colo-Colo (Official Club Website, reviewed 4 January 2012)
- "Pearl Jam Announces 2011 South and Central American Tour". pearljam.com. 2011-07-11. Retrieved 2011-07-11.
- "Sebastián Piñera invirtió en Colo Colo en su afán por "modernizar el fútbol chileno"" (in Spanish). cooperativa.cl. Retrieved 2 September 2009.
- Estadio Monumental David Arellano, Santiago Stadium pictures on Fussballtempel.net
- Pictures of the arena