Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes

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Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes
Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes 2011-06-26.jpg
Former names Estadio Olímpico de Córdoba
Location Chateau Carreras district, Córdoba, Argentina
Owner Córdoba Province
Capacity 57,000[1][2]
Field size 105 x 70 m
Surface grass
Construction
Built 1976–1978
Opened May 16, 1978
Renovated 2011-2012
Tenants
Club Atlético Talleres (most games)
Club Atlético Belgrano (most games)
Argentina national football team (some games)

The Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes,[3] formerly known as Estadio Córdoba and popularly Estadio Olímpico Chateau Carreras, is a stadium in the Chateau Carreras neighborhood of Córdoba, Argentina.

The stadium was built in 1976 in preparation for the 1978 World Cup, with a capacity for 46,083 spectators although it doesn't provide seating for all of them, like many Argentine stadiums.

Most football teams in Córdoba have their own stadiums but they usually prefer playing in this stadium for its size and comfort, especially when playing important games that attract big crowds. Generally, this stadium is used for Talleres' matches, but sometimes is used for the Belgrano's, Instituto's and Racing's matches. Also, the Argentina national football team home matches have been played here.

The stadium, in 2006 and 2007, hosted some Special Stages of motorsport event named Rally Argentina, a round of the World Rally Championship.

The stadium during a game played between Argentina and Ghana in 2009. This picture was taken before remodeling.

During 2010 and 2011 the stadium went through a remodelling process. The field was sunken 4 meters, the iconic Autotrol scoreboards installed for the 1978 World Cup were replaced with modern video screens, new bleachers were built in order to improve the poor view caused by the shallow shape of the stadium and the capacity was increased to 57,000, becoming the second largest stadium in Argentina by seating capacity. It was re-opened on June 26th, 2011, just 5 days before the start of the 2011 Copa America. The stands were fully covered after the cup.

In October, 2010 the name was changed to honor Mario Kempes, top goal scorer of the 1978 FIFA World Cup, native of Cordoba.

Sporting events[edit]

During the 1978 FIFA World Cup, Cordoba hosted two Group 2 matches, three Group 4 matches and three more during second round.

Date Round Group Team 1 Vs. Team 2
June 3 1 4  Peru 3–1  Scotland
June 6 1 2  West Germany 6–0  Mexico
June 7 1 4  Scotland 1–1  Iran
June 10 1 2  West Germany 0–0  Tunisia
June 11 1 4  Peru 4–1  Iran
June 14 2 A  Netherlands 5–1  Austria
June 18 2 A  West Germany 2–2  Netherlands
June 21 2 A  Austria 3–2  West Germany

Mario Kempes Stadium also hosted three Group B matches and a semifinal during the 1987 Copa America; five group stage matches, two matches during round of 16, one more for quarter finals and a semi final for the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship; and for the 2011 Copa America Cordoba was venue for two Group B, one Group A matches and held a quarter final. Argentina national rugby union team, Los Pumas, has played several test matches here and the Cordoba Rugby Union has used the stadium for defining instances of its annual championship.

The 1982 World Boxing Association world Super-Bantamweight title fight between champion Sergio Palma and former WBA world Bantamweight champion Jorge Lujan, won by Palma on a fifteen round unanimous decision, was held at this stadium.[4]

Facilities[edit]

The Mario Alberto Kempes Stadium is the center of a 40 hectares park and sports complex that includes the Soledad García Provincial Field Hockey Stadium, opened in 2012,[5] that honors the two times world champion Soledad García; an Olympic-size swimming pool, opened in 2014 and named after the olympic medallist Georgina Bardach;[6] an auxiliar field, located north of the main stadium, that hosts training and smaller football and rugby events; a BMX circuit, a running track, and basketball, volleyball and tennis facilities.[7]

Concerts[edit]

Country Artist Year
 USA Gloria Gaynor 1978
 MEX Luis Miguel 1982 / 1994 / 1996 / 1997 / 1999
 ARG Sumo 1986 / 1987 / 1988
 ARG Soda Stereo 1987 / 1990 / 1991 / 2007
 SWE Roxette 1992
 ARG Serú Girán 1992
 BRA Xuxa 1992
 UK Peter Gabriel 1993
 USA Bon Jovi 1993
 USA Aerosmith 1994
 Puerto Rico Ricky Martin 1995
 ESP Alejandro Sanz 2001
 ARG Los Redondos 2001
 ARG La Renga 2003 / 2008
 ARG Callejeros 2006
 ESP Joaquín Sabina y Joan Manuel Serrat 2007
 ARG Los Fabulosos Cadillacs 2008
 MEX Maná 2007 / 2011
 Guatemala Ricardo Arjona 2009 / 2012 / 2014
 Venezuela Ricardo Montaner 2010
 Puerto Rico Calle 13 2011
 Colombia Shakira 2011
 USA Madonna 2012
 URU No Te Va Gustar 2013
 Canada Justin Bieber 2013
 USA Romeo Santos 2015
 UK Iron Maiden 2016
 UK Paul McCartney 2016

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Media related to Estadio Olímpico Chateau Carreras at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 31°22′8.24″S 64°14′46.48″W / 31.3689556°S 64.2462444°W / -31.3689556; -64.2462444