Estadio Centenario

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Estadio Centenario
Aerial view of the stadium in 2021
Full nameEstadio Centenario
LocationAvenida Dr. Américo Ricaldoni y Federico Videla, Parque Batlle, Montevideo, Uruguay
OwnerMontevideo Department
OperatorComisión Administradora del Field Oficial (CAFO)
Record attendance79,867
(27 July 1930)
Field size105 x 68 m
Broke ground21 July 1929
Built1929–30 (8 months)
OpenedJuly 18, 1930; 93 years ago (July 18, 1930)
Construction cost$1,000,000
ArchitectJuan Antonio Scasso
Uruguay national football team (1930–present)
Peñarol (1933–2016)

Estadio Centenario is a stadium in the Parque Batlle of Montevideo, Uruguay, used primarily for football, and owned by the Montevideo Department. The stadium was built between 1929 and 1930 to host the inaugural 1930 FIFA World Cup, as well as to commemorate the centenary of Uruguay's first constitution. It is listed by FIFA as one of the football world's classic stadiums.[3][4] On July 18, 1983, it was declared by FIFA as the first Historical Monument of World Football, to this day the only building to achieve this recognition worldwide.[5][6]

Estadio Centenario is the national stadium of Uruguay and the primary home of their national football team. Uruguay has always been a threat when playing in their home stadium, consistently beating top teams. Even the top-ranked Brazil national football team has only managed three wins in 20 attempts; two were official matches during 2010 and 2018 World Cup qualification, but one was Uruguay's heaviest defeat at the stadium when they lost 4–0 to Brazil in 2009.


The stadium in 1930, when it was inaugurated for the first World Cup

The construction of the Centenario is one of the most important stages in the development of sports in South America and international football. It was built especially for the 1930 FIFA World Cup, by immigrant workers in a record time of nine months. Its name originates from the 100-year-celebration of the ratification of the first Constitution of Uruguay.

Initially, all World Cup matches were to be played in the Centenario. However, heavy rains in Montevideo delayed construction of the stadium, so that several matches had to be played in the Pocitos Stadium of C.A. Peñarol, and the Parque Central of Club Nacional de Football. It was inaugurated on July 18, 1930, with a match between Uruguay and Peru; the Celeste won 1–0 with a goal by Hector "Manco" Castro.[7]

The final match of the inaugural World Cup matched Uruguay and Argentina, with Uruguay winning 4–2.[8] Since then, the Centenario has been the scene of Copa América (1942, 1956, 1967, 1995), three South American Youth Championships (1979, 2003, 2015), a South American Under-17 Football Championship (1999) and 1980 Mundialito.

In 2021, the Centenario was selected as host of the Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana finals. The stadium was renovated to prepare for those matches. The total cost of the works was $6 million and included the renovation of the grandstands, bathrooms, VIP boxes, and press boxes, along with a new illumination system and new pitch.[9][10]


Aside from the Uruguay national team, any football club can rent the stadium for its home matches.[6] Peñarol has done that often,[11] and Nacional rents it for some international matches.[12] Peñarol played all of its home matches at the stadium from 1933 until it moved to Estadio Campeón del Siglo in 2016.

In the case of other Uruguayan teams, they often decide to play there against both Peñarol and Nacional.[11][12]


Video of the stadium prior to a game against Brazil in June 2009

The stadium has four Grandstand separated by four lanes. The main one is the Olympic Tribune (and lower Platea known as Olympic), which is named so because the team had won two Olympic championships in a row (1924 and 1928). This has a maximum capacity of 21,648 spectators located in the three rings and the audience.[1] Then there are the "popular", so called because they are sold cheaper, these are: the Colombes, in honor of the Colombes, France in which the national team became Olympic champions 1924 and Amsterdam, because it was where the Celeste were crowned Olympic champions for the second time in 1928. The Grandstand Colombes accommodates 13,914 spectators while the Amsterdam accommodates 13,923.[1] The America Tribune is parallel to the Olympic one. There are also "VIP" boxes and press boxes with room for 1,882 spectators, as well as the platform has room for 2,911 spectators, and additionally the grandstand has room for 5,957 people.[1]

Under the Olympic Grandstand are located primary school "Nº 100 Héctor Fígoli"; and the Museum of Uruguayan Football. Under the Colombes Grandstand is located Police Station Nº9.

Estadio Centenario, panorama from the Olympic grandstand

Other facilities[edit]

Trophies and memorabilia exhibited at the Museum

Inside the Centenario stadium, there are other facilities such as the "Uruguayan Football Museum" which highlights the sporting achievements of the Uruguayan national team. It is located under the Olympic grandstand of the Centenario stadium and was inaugurated on December 15, 1975. In 2004, it underwent a remodeling, in which a panoramic elevator was added to the Torre de los Homenajes.

The Museum has a large collection of objects that are reminders of the most outstanding moments of Uruguayan and world football. This is administered by the Official Field Administrative Commission (CAFO), which is made up of representatives of the AUF and the Montevideo Municipal Government.[13] On July 21, 1929, the founding stone of the Stadium was laid, which is located under the tower and can also be visited.

There is also a school running under the Olympic grandstand.

Sporting events[edit]

1930 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Estadio Centenario hosted ten matches of the 1930 FIFA World Cup, including both semi-final matches and the final match.

Date Time Team No. 1 Result Team No. 2 Round Attendance
18 July 1930 14:30  Uruguay 1–0  Peru Group 3 57,735
19 July 1930 12:50  Chile 1–0  France Group 1 2,000
19 July 1930 15:00  Argentina 6–3  Mexico Group 1 42,100
20 July 1930 13:00  Brazil 4–0  Bolivia Group 2 25,466
20 July 1930 15:00  Paraguay 1–0  Belgium Group 4 12,000
21 July 1930 14:50  Uruguay 4–0  Romania Group 3 70,022
22 July 1930 14:45  Argentina 3-1  Chile Group 1 41,459
26 July 1930 14:45  Argentina 6–1  United States Semi-final 72,886
27 July 1930 14:45  Uruguay 6–1  Yugoslavia Semi-final 79,867
30 July 1930 14:15  Uruguay 4–2  Argentina Final 68,346

Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana Final[edit]

It hosted the final of the Copa Sudamericana on 20 November 2021 and the Copa Libertadores on 27 November 2021.[citation needed]


The stadium has held numerous concerts by both national and international artists such as:[14]


  1. ^ a b c d INSTALACIONES
  2. ^ 1930 FIFA World Cup Uruguay ™ – Matches – Uruguay-Yugoslavia –
  3. ^
  4. ^ Gigapan Estadio Centenario. Archived 25 November 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ The mythical Centenario stadium, a "Historical Monument of Football", welcomes the finals of the U-20 Sudamericano Tournament Archived 2017-08-19 at the Wayback Machine, January 25, 2015
  6. ^ a b HISTORIA Archived 2017-07-24 at the Wayback Machine (in Spanish)
  7. ^ First Goal html[dead link]
  8. ^ 1087/report.html1/results/matches/match=1930[dead link]
  9. ^ "Cuánto costó la remodelación del Estadio Centenario para las finales de la Libertadores y la Sudamericana". infobae (in European Spanish). 11 November 2021.
  10. ^ "Un lujo: conocé cómo quedó por dentro la renovación del Estadio Centenario". El Pais Uruguay (in Spanish). 19 November 2021.
  11. ^ a b Peñarol – Matches
  12. ^ a b Nacional – Matches
  13. ^ "Football Museum". AUF.
  14. ^ "Conciertos en Uruguay".

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