Estadio Rommel Fernández
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|Estadio Rommel Fernández|
|Former names||Estadio Revolución|
|Location||Panama City, Panama|
|Opened||February 6, 1970|
Estadio Rommel Fernández is a multi-purpose stadium located in Panama City, It is used for different sports, but mainly for the conduct of football (soccer) games. It was inaugurated February 6, 1970. It was designed to accommodate the XI Central American and Caribbean Games in 1970. Through further reforms, the stadium managed to reach the current capacity of 32,000 spectators all seated, now the largest stadium in Panama, above the Estadio Rod Carew of baseball. It is part of Sports City Irving Saladino.
The original name of the stadium was Estadio Revolución, but in 1993, it changed its name to Estadio Rommel Fernández in honour of Rommel Fernández, a Panamanian soccer player who died in a car accident in the city of Albacete, Spain, on May 6 of that year, At that time the stadium had a capacity of 22,000 spectators. The stadium is often used for the Liga Panameno Futbol final game.
At 2009 the stadium was totally remodeled, its shape and facade were changed completely, more seats were installed throughout the stadium, as well as a new giant screen and a new athletics track, and it is fully air conditioned with modern equipment. It was the spearhead for IX Central American Sports Games 2010, in which the stadium was reopened in the opening ceremony of these games. It is one of the stadiums that hosts more multi-sport events in the region of Central America.
On April 4, 1976, it marked the debut of the Panamanian national team to make the run to the 1978 FIFA World Cup in Argentina. In Estadio Revolución, they took on Costa Rica and won surprisingly 3-2, with 2 goals from Agustin Sanchez and one from Luis Tapia. The most memorable ANAPROF match was the final match played in the stadium in 1996 when more than 25,000 fans watched San Francisco F.C. take on Plaza Amador.
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