Estadio Monumental Isidro Romero Carbo

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Estadio Banco Pichincha
El Monumental
El Coloso del Salado
El Templo
Estadio Monumental 6.JPG
Full name Estadio Banco Pichincha (official)
Estadio Monumental Isidro Romero Carbo (legal)
Former names Monumental de Barcelona
Location Guayaquil, Ecuador
Coordinates Coordinates: 2°11′9.13″S 79°55′29.75″W / 2.1858694°S 79.9249306°W / -2.1858694; -79.9249306
Built 1987
Opened December 27, 1987
Owner Barcelona Sporting Club
Operator Barcelona Sporting Club
Surface Grass
Construction cost $70,000,000
Architect Jose Viteri
Capacity 90,000
Field size 105 x 70 meters
Tenants
Barcelona

The Estadio Monumental Isidro Romero Carbo (formerly known for sponsorship reasons as Estadio Banco Pichincha) is a football stadium located in the parish of Tarqui in northern Guayaquil, Ecuador. The stadium is the home to Ecuadorian football club Barcelona.

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The Monumental was born from the initiative of club president Isidro Romero Carbo. He wanted Barcelona, at the time playing their home games at the Estadio Modelo Alberto Spencer Herrera, to have their own stadium.

The stadium was inaugurated on December 27, 1987. The first game was played against Barcelona FC of Spain, which Barcelona SC won 1-0. Barcelona invited many South American football celebrities, such as Pelé, to the inauguration. Pelé was so astonished, he compared the stadium to the famous Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro.[citation needed]

Se o Maracanã é o maior estádio do mundo, o Monumental é um dos mais belos.
(If Maracanã is the largest stadium in the world, Monumental is one of the most beautiful in the world).

Pelé and his phrase have a golden plaque inside the stadium.

There are health care facilities, apparel-and-souvenir shops, and restaurants, on a total area of about 5,100 m². The football field is 105 metres long and 70 metres wide. The training field near the stadium is called Alternate Field Sigifredo Agapito Chuchuca in honor of one of the greatest midfielders in team history.

On January 2, 2008, president of Barcelona Eduardo Maruri signed a 4-year contract with Ecuadorian bank Banco Pichincha to have the stadium named after the bank. The legal name will remain as Estadio Monumental Isidro Romero Carbo.

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