Estadio Azul

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Estadio Azul
El Azul
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Full nameEstadio Azul (Blue Stadium)
Former namesEstadio Olímpico de la Ciudad de los Deportes (Olympic Stadium Sports City) (1947-1983)
Estadio Azulgrana (Blue-Garnet Stadium) (1983-1996)
LocationCalle Indiana 255 Mexico City, Mexico C.P. 03810
Coordinates19°23′0.20″N 99°10′41.61″W / 19.3833889°N 99.1782250°W / 19.3833889; -99.1782250Coordinates: 19°23′0.20″N 99°10′41.61″W / 19.3833889°N 99.1782250°W / 19.3833889; -99.1782250
OwnerOCESA
OperatorCruz Azul
Executive suites92 boxes
Capacity33,000[1]
Field size108 x 68 m
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Opened6 October 1946
Renovated1996, 2004, 2010
Tenants
América (1947–1955)
Atlante (1947–1955, 1983–1989, 1991–1996, 2000–2002)
Necaxa (1950–1955)
Cruz Azul (1996–2018)

The Estadio Azul, is a 33,000[1] seat stadium located in Mexico City. This sports facility is currently used for association football matches and previously (until 1990) for American football. It was the home of Mexican football club Cruz Azul until 2018; it has been also home for Atlante F.C. (hence the nickname Estadio Azulgrana) and several home matches of the Mexico national football team, especially in the early 1990s. In summer 2016, it was announced by Mexico City authorities that plans to demolish the stadium will begin at the end of the 2017-2018 Liga MX season. In July 2018 it was announced that the demolition project was to be put on hold and for now will temporarily host college sports for at least two seasons. Demolition plans may resurface some time in 2020.

Both times when Mexico hosted the World Cup, Estadio Azul did not host any games mainly due to the age of the structure, the bad parking facilities and the complex traffic patterns.

A peculiarity of this stadium is that it is built as a pit; the playing field is below street level. Another oddity is that just beside the stadium is the Plaza México, the world's largest bullring.

Infrastructure[edit]

Following the arrival of Cruz Azul, there have been many renovations to make the stadium safer, comfortable and appropriate to the needs of fans. Among these amenities are:

  • 2 professional football locker rooms
  • 2 locker rooms for referees
  • A press conference room with seating capacity for 50 people
  • A closed-circuit video system that includes seven cameras
  • Estadio Azul holds 33,000 people, including 92 boxes.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "LIGA MX - Página Oficial de la Liga del Fútbol Profesional en México .: Bienvenido". Ligamx.net. Retrieved 26 July 2018.

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