Estadio Sixto Escobar

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Estadio Sixto Escobar
Location Avenida Munoz Rivera
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00901
Capacity 9,400 (1961)
Opened November 12, 1935
Tenants
Cincinnati Reds (Spring Training) (NL) (1936)
Miami Marlins (IL) (1961)
River Plate Puerto Rico (USL Pro) (2011-present)

Estadio Sixto Escobar is a multi-purpose stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It is currently used mostly for soccer matches.

The stadium was opened on November 12, 1935. The Cincinnati Reds conducted spring training at the stadium in 1936.[1] The Miami Marlins were transferred to San Juan for the 1961 season and opened the season at Sixto Escobar Stadium. Attendance was poor and the team was moved to Charleston, WV on May 19, 1961. Many events of the 1979 Pan American Games were held at the stadium.

In April 1938, the Legislative Assembly of Puerto Rico voted to name the stadium and surrounding park in honor of Sixto Escobar, a Puerto Rican professional boxer who became Puerto Rico's first world champion.[2]

The stadium was repaired and improved to accommodate the new tenant soccer team River Plate Puerto Rico.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alan Gould (1936-02-11). "Majors' Spring Training Under Way Officially". The Meriden Daily Journal. p. 4. Retrieved 2011-03-06. 
  2. ^ "Escobar To Be Honored; Stadium in Puerto Rico Will Be Named for Champion". New York Times. 1938-04-14. p. 33. Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  3. ^ http://rivercaribe.com/noticias/ago10.htm

Coordinates: 18°27′55″N 66°5′20″W / 18.46528°N 66.08889°W / 18.46528; -66.08889