Dennis Martínez National Stadium

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Dennis Martinez National Stadium

Dennis Martínez National Stadium (Spanish: Estadio Nacional Dennis Martínez) is located in Managua, Nicaragua. It was named after former MLB player Dennis Martínez.

The new Dennis Martinez National Stadium has been under construction since 2016 and is nearing completion. Notivos TV reported in July that the project was 94% complete. It will play host to the Central American Games, scheduled to take place December 3 to December 17, 2017. The stadium, located near the Tiscapa lagoon, is approximately 3 kilometers southeast of the original stadium. It was designed by Dynamica and will seat 15,000, with the capability to expand to 20,000. In addition, the berm field will accommodate 4,000 spectators. The field will meet Major League Baseball specifications and could potentially host a Major League game.

The original stadium was built in 1948 and is Nicaragua's national stadium. It is used mainly for baseball but also serves as a venue for concerts, boxing, football, religious events and has a capacity of 30,100 people.[1] It is the home stadium of Indios del Bóer baseball team and Deportivo Walter Ferretti football team. Inside the stadium is a hall of fame near the entrance showing medals, cups, photos and memories of Nicaraguan players. There is also a gym located inside.[2]

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The stadium has been renamed three times.[3] Built in 1948, it was originally named "El Estadio Nacional" (The National Stadium). After the 1972 earthquake that struck Managua and destroyed 90% of the city, it was rebuilt and renamed after Anastasio Somoza García. In 1979, after the Sandinistas overthrew the Somoza dynasty, it was renamed in honor of Rigoberto López Pérez,[4] the man who, in 1956, assassinated Anastasio Somoza García. On November 20, 1998, the 50th anniversary of the founding of the stadium, then-President Arnoldo Alemán issued a decree changing the stadium's name to Estadio Nacional Dennis Martínez.[5] Dennis Martínez,[6] was Major League Baseball's first Nicaraguan-born player.

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Coordinates: 12°8′58.57″N 86°16′58.93″W / 12.1496028°N 86.2830361°W / 12.1496028; -86.2830361