Estadio Monumental Isidro Romero Carbo

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Estadio Monumental Banco Pichincha
El Monumental
El Coloso del América
El Templo
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Full nameEstadio Banco Pichincha (official)
Estadio Monumental Banco Pichincha (legal)
Former namesMonumental de Barcelona
LocationGuayaquil, Ecuador
CoordinatesCoordinates: 2°11′9.13″S 79°55′29.75″W / 2.1858694°S 79.9249306°W / -2.1858694; -79.9249306
OwnerBarcelona Sporting Club
OperatorBarcelona Sporting Club
Capacity57,267[1]
Field size105 x 70 meters
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Built1987
OpenedDecember 27, 1987
Construction cost$70,000,000
ArchitectJose Viteri
Tenants
Barcelona

The Estadio Monumental Banco Pichincha is a football stadium located in the parish of Tarqui in northern Guayaquil, Ecuador. The stadium is the home to Ecuadorian football club Barcelona.

History

The Monumental was born from the initiative of club president Isidro Romero Carbo. He wanted Barcelona, at the time playing their home games at the Estadio Modelo Alberto Spencer Herrera, to have their own stadium.

The stadium was inaugurated on December 27, 1987. The first game was played against Barcelona FC of Spain, which Barcelona SC won 1-0. Barcelona invited many South American football celebrities, such as Pelé, to the inauguration. Pelé was so astonished, he compared the stadium to the famous Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro.[citation needed]

Pelé and his phrase have a golden plaque inside the stadium.

There are health care facilities, apparel-and-souvenir shops, and restaurants, on a total area of about 5,100 m². The football field is 105 metres long and 70 metres wide. The training field near the stadium is called Alternate Field Sigifredo Agapito Chuchuca in honor of one of the greatest midfielders in team history.

On January 2, 2008, president of Barcelona Eduardo Maruri signed a 4-year contract with Ecuadorian bank Banco Pichincha to have the stadium named after the bank. The contract was renewed but came to an end in 2015.

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