Estadio de Liga Deportiva Universitaria

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Estadio de Liga Deportiva Universitaria
La Casa Blanca
La Maravilla de Ponceano
Estadio de LDU Tribuna E.jpg
Full name Estadio de Liga Deportiva Universitaria
Former names Estadio Rodrigo Paz Delgado
Location Av. John F. Kennedy and Gustavo Lemos
Cotocollao, Quito
Coordinates 0°6′27.78″S 78°29′20.77″W / 0.1077167°S 78.4891028°W / -0.1077167; -78.4891028Coordinates: 0°6′27.78″S 78°29′20.77″W / 0.1077167°S 78.4891028°W / -0.1077167; -78.4891028
Owner LDU Quito
Operator LDU Quito
Capacity 41,596[1]
Field size 105 x 68 m
Surface Grass
Scoreboard Yes
Construction
Broke ground March 1995
Built 1995–1997
Opened March 6, 1997
Construction cost $16 million
Architect Ricardo Mórtola
Structural engineer Edwin Ripalda
Tenants
LDU Quito (1997–present)

Estadio de Liga Deportiva Universitaria, commonly called La Casa Blanca (Spanish for "The White House"), is a football stadium in Quito, Ecuador that is the home ground of LDU Quito. Built between 1995 and 1997, the stadium hosted its first match on March 6, 1997 in a game between LDU Quito and Atlético Mineiro of Belo Horizonte. With a capacity of 55,104, it is the largest stadium in Quito, and the second largest in Ecuador after the Estadio Monumental Banco Pichincha in Guayaquil.

Since its inauguration, the stadium has been home to LDU Quito's greatest period of success where it has won six national titles and four international titles, thus making Liga Deportiva Universitaria the most successful team in the history of Ecuadorian football. In addition, Barcelona SC has never been able to defeat Liga at this stadium.

The Ecuadorian national team used this stadium twice during the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification on March 29, 2000 against Venezuela and August 15, 2000 against Bolivia. Ecuador won both games.

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First match[edit]

March 6, 1997
18:00
LDU Quito Ecuador 3–1 Brazil Atlético Mineiro
Ferreira Goal 31'
Guevara Goal 72'
Hurtado Goal 89'
Nino Goal 52'
Estadio de Liga Deportiva Universitaria, Quito
Referee: Carlos Chandía (Chile)

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