Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá

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Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá
Location San Juan de Tibás, Costa Rica
Coordinates 9°57′56″N 84°04′32″W / 9.965427°N 84.075455°W / 9.965427; -84.075455Coordinates: 9°57′56″N 84°04′32″W / 9.965427°N 84.075455°W / 9.965427; -84.075455
Capacity 23,112
Field size 105 x 68 m
Surface Artificial turf
Opened August 27, 1972 (1972-08-27)
Deportivo Saprissa
Costa Rica national football team

Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá is one of the main sports stadiums in Costa Rica. It is located in San Juan de Tibás, San José. With a capacity of 23,112, it has one of the highest capacity stadiums in the country.[1] The stadium is the home of Deportivo Saprissa, and was named in honour of the team's founder, Ricardo Saprissa. The stadium is nicknamed the Monster's Cave, due to the team's nickname The Monster.


Saprissa play home games at the Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá, named after Ricardo Saprissa. They originally played at the first Costa Rica National Stadium, which rented and shared.

In 1955 Ricardo Saprissa embarked on a search for a site which could be used as a training ground and also be a possible location for a permanent stadium that Deportivo Saprissa could call their own. He wanted easy access to the location and for it to be near the capital city of San Jose, but also at the same time he wanted to be close enough to the other provincial cities such as Alajuela, Cartago, and Heredia. On 3 August 1965 after ten years of searching he agreed to buy land in San Juan de Tibás for 363,398.90 colones. Construction began on 12 October 1966. The location would be first built into a football pitch with stands but technically it would not be considered a stadium. On 27 August 1972 after six years of construction and upgrades Estadio Ricardo Saprissa was officially opened. The first match was between Deportivo Saprissa and Comunicaciones of Guatemala. The match ended in a 1-1 draw Peter Sandoval of Comunicaciones scoring the first goal at the new stadium.

Fans of "La Ultra Morada" in La Cueva

In 2003 due to the long tropical rainy seasons, Saprissa applied and was granted by FIFA, the right to change the pitch from natural grass to synthetic turf, becoming the only stadium in Latin America to have this type of turf. The stadium has also been used for Costa Rica national team matches. It is the second-largest football stadium in Costa Rica, behind the current National Stadium. Estadio Saprissa has a seating capacity of 23,112 and is overlooked by local mountains and downtown San José.

In 2005, the stadium became the world's first stadium to host a World Cup qualifying match on FieldTurf.

The stadium has staged concerts including artists such as:


  1. ^ "Stadiums in Costa Rica". Retrieved 9 November 2011.