Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica (2011)
|This article may be expanded with text translated from the corresponding article in the Spanish Wikipedia. (March 2011)|
|Opened||March 26, 2011|
|Construction cost||US$110 million|
|General contractor||Anhui Foreign Economic Construction|
|Costa Rica national football team
2013 Copa Centroamericana
2013 Central American Games
The National Stadium of Costa Rica (Spanish: Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica) is a multi-purpose stadium in La Sabana, San José, Costa Rica. It is the first modern sport and event arena to be built in Central America. The stadium was completed in 2011 and officially opened its doors to the public on Saturday, March 26 of that same year, with a capacity of 35,175 seats. The stadium replaces the original National Stadium.
It has one high-definition 160-square-metre (1,700 sq ft) screen, located in the southern section of the stadium, along with a smaller monochromatic screen, and another monochromatic screen of the same dimensions in the northern section.
Funding and Construction
Although the cost was programmed at the beginning to around $88 million, this was later adjusted to $100 million.
The Chinese government financed the construction of the stadium in its totality, along with its furnishing, and assumed all other costs. Demolition of the old National Stadium began May 12 of 2008, after the match between UCR (Universidad de Costa Rica) and Brujas FC and the 200M event where Nery Brenes set a new national record (20:28 seconds).
The construction of the stadium formed part of the agreements signed between the presidents of Costa Rica and China, Óscar Arias and Hu Jintao, respectively, during Arias' first visit to the Asian country in October 2007. The construction began on March 12, 2009 and finished in 2011.
The inauguration ceremony was celebrated on the night of Saturday, March 26, 2011. National and international sports activities and entertainment went on through April 10. An official stadium inauguration webpage was created, which informed the population of all inaugurating events.
The main inaugurating event was a friendly association football match between Costa Rica and China, which ended 2-2, with Álvaro Saborío scoring the first goal ever in the stadium. In March 29, in front of 35,000 people, the second football match in the stadium was celebrated between Costa Rica and Argentina, ending 0-0.
Shakira headlined a sold out concert at the stadium on April 10, 2011. Miley Cyrus performed on the stadium on May 21, 2011 as part of her Gypsy Heart Tour. The Red Hot Chili Peppers performed in the stadium on September 12, 2011 as part of their I'm With You World Tour. The American rock band Pearl Jam played at the stadium on November 20, 2011, as part of their 20th anniversary tour.
- Pinto afirma que la Selección jugará en el estadio Saprissa La Nación, 2012-11-07. (Spanish)
- Costa Rica’s 35,000-seat National Stadium opens Tico Times, 2011-03-25.
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