Estadio El Teniente

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Estadio El Teniente-Codelco
Templo de las Ilusiones (Temple of Illusions)
El Mundialista de Rancagua (The World Cup Stadium of Rancagua)
El Teniente Logo.png
Desfile 2 de Octubre Bicentenario Batalla Rancagua 01.JPG
The stadium in October 2014.
Full name Estadio El Teniente-Codelco[1]
Former names Estadio Braden Copper Co. (1947–1971)
Estadio Parque El Teniente (1971–2014)
Location Rancagua, Chile
Coordinates 34°10′39.95″S 70°44′15.79″W / 34.1777639°S 70.7377194°W / -34.1777639; -70.7377194Coordinates: 34°10′39.95″S 70°44′15.79″W / 34.1777639°S 70.7377194°W / -34.1777639; -70.7377194
Owner Codelco
Operator Codelco El Teniente
Executive suites 750 seats
Capacity 13,849[2]
Field size 105 x 68 m
Surface Grass (natural)
Scoreboard Digital (LED)
Broke ground 1 June 1945
Built 1945–1947 (2 years)
Opened 1947
Renovated 1995, 2013–14
Expanded 1962
Reopened 6 March 2014
Demolished 2013
Construction cost $9,900,000
Architect Gerardo Marambio
Claudio Aceituno
Pablo Allende
Pedro Pinochet
Project manager IND–Chilestadios
General contractor Cerinco
O'Higgins (1955–present)

Estadio El Teniente, also known as Estadio El Teniente-Codelco for sponsorship reasons, is a multi-purpose stadium in Rancagua, Chile. It is currently used mostly for football matches. The stadium actually holds approximately 13,000 people and was built in 1945 with the name Braden Copper Company Stadium (Estadio Braden Copper Co.). The stadium is the home stadium for O'Higgins, the team of the city of Rancagua.[3]

The stadium hosted seven matches of 1962 FIFA World Cup, where played matches of the group stage and quarter-finals.

In 2013, the stadium was renovated for hosting the 2015 Copa América, to be played in Chile. Two matches of the group stage will be played in this stadium.



The stadium in El Gráfico magazine in 1962.

The stadium, since its construction, was owned by the U.S. copper mining company Braden Copper Company, which operated the mineral-extraction complex "El Teniente".

The designation of the Braden Copper Stadium to host matches in the 1962 FIFA World Cup was due to an emergency. Indeed, the 1960 Valdivia earthquake severely damaged or destroyed facilities in some of the originally-designated host cities of the FIFA World Cup in 1962 including Talca, Concepción, Talcahuano and Valdivia, which caused the original schedule to be discarded and forced its almost complete modification. Further, Antofagasta and Valparaíso were deterred from fulfilling their offers to host because they could not feasibly construct self-funded stadiums, a condition that had been imposed by the Federation due to its own lack of resources. However, given the bleak outlook for the organization, the U.S. mining interests allowed the use of their stadium in Rancagua.

The old stadium in a match against Cobreloa.

Nationalisation of copper[edit]

The Government of Chile acquired in 1967 51% of the shares of Braden Copper Co., as part of the general nationalization of copper, which concluded in 1971. Therefore, the ownership and management of the "Estadio Braden Copper" passed to the state-owned coroporation Codelco Chile, which led to the name change to the current one.

New stadium[edit]

On May 21, 2008, the then-president Michelle Bachelet announced the "Red de Estadios para el Bicentenario", a programme in which w new stadiums were built and upgrades planned for others, among which was the Estadio El Teniente. However, remodeling El Teniente was not executed during the term of Bachelet, although this was projected, due to the 2010 Chilean earthquake.[4]

On September 2, 2012, President Sebastian Piñera announced in Rancagua the final draft of the plans for remodelling the stadium, which will have a capacity of 15 000 spectators. [5] Construction began on February 19, 2013, and delivery is planned for early 2014.[6]

The Asociación Nacional de Fútbol Profesional (ANFP) announced in December 2012 that El Teniente had been selected to host the 2015 Copa América, along with Santiago, Antofagasta, La Serena, Valparaíso, Viña del Mar, Concepción and Temuco. Host venue contested with the city of Talca, however Rancagua was chosen due to its closer proximity to the Chilean capital.[7]

Inaugural match[edit]

In the inaugural match, O'Higgins played against Lanús for the week 6 of the 2014 Copa Libertadores. The final result was 0–0, marking the elimination of the club from the competition, as they needed a victory to advance to the next round.[8]

Sectors of the stadium[edit]

The stadium has 5 sectors since her renovation, the Palco has 375 seats, and the totality of the other four sectors are 13,464.

  • Angostura (North Side)
  • Marquesina (West Side)
  • Andes (East Side)
  • Rengo (South Side)
  • Palco (VIP suite)
Map of the sectors of the stadium

1962 World Cup[edit]

Commemorative stamp of the match between Argentina and Bulgaria, played at the Estadio El Teniente.

The Estadio El Teniente hosted seven games during the 1962 FIFA World Cup, every game of Group 4 and a quarterfinal.

Teams which played in this stadium for the 1962 FIFA World Cup:


Group 4[edit]

30 May 1962
15:00 CLT (UTC-04)
Argentina  1–0  Bulgaria
Facundo Goal 4' Report
El Teniente, Rancagua
Attendance: 7,134
Referee: Juan Gardeazábal Garay (Spain)

31 May 1962
15:00 CLT (UTC-04)
Hungary  2–1  England
Tichy Goal 17'
Albert Goal 61'
Report Flowers Goal 60' (pen.)
El Teniente, Rancagua
Attendance: 7,938
Referee: Leo Horn (Netherlands)

2 June 1962
15:00 CLT (UTC-04)
England  3–1  Argentina
Flowers Goal 17' (pen.)
Charlton Goal 42'
Greaves Goal 67'
Report Sanfilippo Goal 81'
El Teniente, Rancagua
Attendance: 9,794
Referee: Nikolay Latyshev (Soviet Union)

3 June 1962
15:00 CLT (UTC-04)
Hungary  6–1  Bulgaria
Albert Goal 1'6'53'
Tichy Goal 8'70'
Solymosi Goal 12'
Report Sokolov Goal 64'[9]
El Teniente, Rancagua
Attendance: 7,442
Referee: Juan Gardeazábal Garay (Spain)

6 June 1962
15:00 CLT (UTC-04)
Hungary  0–0  Argentina
El Teniente, Rancagua
Attendance: 7,945
Referee: Arturo Yamasaki Maldonado (Peru)

7 June 1962
15:00 CLT (UTC-04)
England  0–0  Bulgaria
Estadio El Teniente, Rancagua
Attendance: 5,700
Referee: Antoine Blavier (Belgium)


10 June 1962
14:30 CLT (UTC-04)
Czechoslovakia  1–0  Hungary
Scherer Goal 13' Report
El Teniente, Rancagua
Attendance: 11,690
Referee: Nikolay Latyshev (Soviet Union)

Chile national football team matches[edit]

The Estadio El Teniente has hosted three games of the Chile national football team, against New Zealand in 2006, Guatemala in 2008, and the United States in 2015. Before the 2015 Copa América, Chile played a friendly match against El Salvador.[10]

24 April 2006
21:30 CLT (UTC-04)
Chile  4–1  New Zealand
Suazo Goal 36'
Christie Goal 39' (o.g.)
Roco Goal 61'
Rubio Goal 67'
Report Smeltz Goal 14'
El Teniente, Rancagua
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Jorge Osorio (Chile)

4 June 2008
19:00 CLT (UTC-04)
Chile  2–0  Guatemala
Sánchez Goal 1'35' Report
El Teniente, Rancagua
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: Antonio Arias (Paraguay)

28 January 2015
20:00 CLT (UTC-04)
Chile  3–2  United States
R. Gutiérrez Goal 10'
Mark González Goal 66'75'
Report Shea Goal 6'
Altidore Goal 31'
El Teniente, Rancagua
Attendance: 12,420
Referee: Patricio Loustau (Argentina)

5 June 2015
19:00 CLT (UTC-04)
Chile  1–0  El Salvador
Valdivia Goal 14' Report
El Teniente, Rancagua
Attendance: 12,500
Referee: Fernando Rapallini (Argentina)

2015 Copa América[edit]

The fixture schedule was announced on 11 November 2014, and two games were played in the Estadio El Teniente for the 2015 Copa América, playing here 4 of 12 countries of the tournament. Both matches were part of the group stage.

Teams which played in this stadium for the 2015 Copa América:

Group Stage[edit]

14 June 2015 (2015-06-14)
16:00 CLT (UTC-04)
Group C
Colombia  0–1  Venezuela
Report Rondón Goal 60'
El Teniente, Rancagua
Attendance: 12,387
Referee: Andrés Cunha (Uruguay)

19 June 2015 (2015-06-19)
18:00 CLT (UTC-04)
Group A
Mexico  1–2  Ecuador
Jiménez Goal 63' (pen.) Report Bolaños Goal 25'
Valencia Goal 57'
El Teniente, Rancagua
Attendance: 11,051
Referee: José Argote (Venezuela)


Note: This table only includes attendances since the remodelation of the stadium, that was officially opened on July 2014 in a match against Universidad de Chile.

Season Division Average attendance Highest attendance Lowest attendance
2014–15 Campeonato Nacional 6,150 10,636 v Universidad de Chile[11] 0 v Unión La Calera [note] [12]
2015–16 Campeonato Nacional 6,229 13,160 v Universidad de Concepción [13] 3,429 v Huachipato [14]
1.^ ANFP punishment to O'Higgins playing without public one home match by the racism acts to Emilio Rentería in a match on the stadium.[15]

Transport connections[edit]


Terminal O'Higgins is the principal bus stop of the city, and the stadium is 1.05 miles (1.7 km) away following the Rancagua avenues.

The Tur Bus terminal at Rancagua is 1.55 miles (2.35 km) away of the stadium.

Bus lines (micros) with a stop close to El Teniente are:

Trans-OHiggins.png Trans O'Higgins lines:

  • 101, 102 and 103 – Circunvalación
  • 201, 202, and 203 – Isabel Riquelme
  • 301, 302, 303 and 304 – Cachapoal
  • 403 – Manzanal


The stadium is 1.18 miles (1.9 km) away from the Estación Rancagua (Metrotrén).


The city only has the Aeródromo de la Independencia, but receives only the private jets and Chilean Army flights. The nearest international airport is the Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport, in Santiago.



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  2. ^ "Copa América 2015". 
  3. ^ "Stadiums in Chile". Retrieved 21 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Estadio El Teniente: Por fin se cumplirá el sueño de Rancagua". El, Noticias de Rancagua y O'Higgins. 
  5. ^ "Gobierno de Chile". Gobierno de Chile. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  6. ^ "Comenzó el proceso de remodelación del estadio El Teniente". 
  7. ^ "Rancagua será sede de Copa América". 
  8. ^ ""Chau" Libertadores 2014…". Capo de Provincia. 
  9. ^ RSSSF credits this goal to Georgi Asparuhov.
  10. ^ "El Teniente albergará último amistoso de Chile antes de la Copa América – O'Higgins FC". 
  11. ^ "El Capo tropezó en El Teniente...". Capo de Provincia. 
  12. ^ "O'Higgins continuó con los abrazos de año nuevo...". Capo de Provincia. 
  13. ^ "Nos volveremos a levantar...". Capo de Provincia. 
  14. ^ "O'Higgins vs. Huachipato timeline and statistics". 
  15. ^ "ANFP castiga a O'Higgins con un partido a puertas cerradas por insultos racistas a Rentería". Emol.