Estadio Gaspar Mass

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Estadio Gaspar Mass
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Location San Nicolás de los Garza, Nuevo León,  Mexico
Coordinates 25°43′40″N 100°18′48″W / 25.72778°N 100.31333°W / 25.72778; -100.31333Coordinates: 25°43′40″N 100°18′48″W / 25.72778°N 100.31333°W / 25.72778; -100.31333
Owner Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León
Operator Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León
Capacity 16,000[1][2]
Surface Artificial turf
Opened 24 August 1979
Tenants
Auténticos Tigres (ONEFA) (1979-present)

Estadio Gaspar Mass is an artificial turf stadium in San Nicolás de los Garza, Mexico. It is primarily used for American football and is the home field for the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León Auténticos Tigres. It holds 16,000 people.

History[edit]

The stadium was inaugurated on 24 August 1979[3] and originally had a capacity of 10,000.[4] It is named in honor of Gaspar Mass Martínez (1916-1999), considered "one of the pioneers of American football in Nuevo León" and coach of several different UANL teams over the years.[3] In 2005, the stadium's capacity was expanded to 16,000 with the addition of seats in the south end zone, a project that cost 11 million pesos.[4] Renovations took place prior to the Universiada Nacional in 2015, an event hosted by the UANL, adding improved lighting and a new artificial turf surface.[5]

It has primarily served as the home venue of the Auténticos Tigres, though larger matches, including playoff games and contests against the Tigres' local rival Borregos Salvajes from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, have traditionally been played at the Estadio Universitario. After a multi-year hiatus due to the split of Mexican college football into two leagues, the Clasico Regio was played again in 2016, but at Gaspar Mass instead of the Estadio Universitario, where it had been held in prior years and attracted attendance figures surpassing 40,000.[6] The stadium also hosted the 2016 ONEFA championship owing to a schedule conflict with the Tigres UANL soccer club that prevented the use of the Estadio Universitario.[7]

Games between the various preparatory schools operated by the university are also held at the Estadio Gaspar Mass. In 2016, a brawl broke out between fans from rival prep schools after a game in the stadium, resulting in 20 arrests.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Estadio Gaspar Mass". World of Stadiums. Retrieved 14 May 2017. 
  2. ^ Agencia Reforma (5 November 2012). "Será Final en el Uni". AM Querétaro. Retrieved 13 May 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "¿Y quién fue Gaspar Mass?". ONEFA (Terra). 24 November 2016. Retrieved 13 May 2017. 
  4. ^ a b Moreno, Sebastián (14 June 2005). "Dan más espacio al deporte". El Norte. 
  5. ^ "Mandan Clásico al Gaspar Mass". El Norte. 6 August 2015. 
  6. ^ Almaraz, Marco (1 September 2016). "Agarrón en el Gaspar Mass". Reforma. Retrieved 13 May 2017. 
  7. ^ Carvajal, Jesús (22 November 2016). "Les gusta en el Gaspar". Reforma. Retrieved 13 May 2017. 
  8. ^ "Riña al terminar juego en el Gaspar Mass deja 20 detenidos". Multimedios. 16 November 2016. Retrieved 13 May 2017.