Víctor Jara Stadium

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Estadio Víctor Jara
Cancha Estadio Victor Jara.JPG
Interior view of Victor Jara Stadium
Former names Estadio Chile (1949-2004)
Location Santiago, Chile
Capacity 6,500
Construction
Opened 1969
Architect Mario Recordón and Jorge Patiño

Estadio Víctor Jara is an indoor multi-use sports complex located in the western part of Santiago, Chile, near the Estación Central and Alameda Avenue. It was designed in the rationalist style and was opened in 1969 as Estadio Chile (Chile Stadium).[1] It has a total capacity for an audience of 6,500 people.

Outside view of Victor Jara Stadium

In 2004 it was renamed as a memorial to folk singer Víctor Jara. Despite its association with the martyred folk singer, it was not the location of Jara's detainment and torture. Jara, along with thousands of other putative enemies of the state, was held at the Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos where he was tortured and killed in the first days of the Chilean coup of 1973 by members of the Chilean Army. Before his death, he wrote and performed his last song, "Estadio Chile". Today, Estadio Victor Jara is used for volleyball, basketball, futsal, and occasionally for table tennis tournaments; formerly it was also a training center for boxing.

Estadio Víctor Jara features a steel truss supported roof and a rubber based playing surface, which has a polyurethane layer on top. The walls are of reinforced concrete, 30 cm (12 in) in thickness.[1] It also has facilities to lodge up to 185 sportspeople.[1]

Unión Latinoamericana metro station provides access to this sports complex.

Musical events[edit]

Until 2009, when it was closed for these kinds of events, the complex was an important concert venue. The list of artists that have performed at Estadio Víctor Jara include: Toto, Living Colour, Los Prisioneros, James Brown, Iron Butterfly, La Renga, Soda Stereo, Rare Earth, Charly García, Rata Blanca, Attaque 77, Marillion, Morrissey, Kraftwerk, The Strokes, Dio, Lacrimosa, Kreator, Megadeth, Stratovarius, Mägo de Oz, Motörhead, Soulfly, Misfits, Danzig, Agnostic Front, Dead Kennedys, Destruction, The Haunted, Immortal, Napalm Death, Criminal, Hanson, Ska-P, Iron Maiden, among others.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Decree 483 MH Estadio Víctor Jara" (in Spanish). National Monuments Council. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 

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Coordinates: 33°27′02.78″S 70°40′28.58″W / 33.4507722°S 70.6746056°W / -33.4507722; -70.6746056