The Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes, 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 eventually dispute.
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, 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.
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, 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; 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.