Estadio Monumental David Arellano

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Estadio Monumental
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Full name Estadio Monumental[1]
Location Macul, Santiago, Chile
Coordinates 33°30′23.8″S 70°36′21.4″W / 33.506611°S 70.605944°W / -33.506611; -70.605944Coordinates: 33°30′23.8″S 70°36′21.4″W / 33.506611°S 70.605944°W / -33.506611; -70.605944
Owner Colo-Colo
Operator Colo-Colo
Capacity 47,347[2]
Field size 108 x 68 m
Construction
Built 1956
Opened 1975 / 1989
Architect Mario Recordón
Tenants
Colo-Colo (1975-1976) (1989–present)

The Estadio Monumental is a soccer Stadium in Macul, south-east of the centre of the Chilean capital Santiago. It serves as the home ground of Colo-Colo, and on occasions also for other clubs and the national football team. The stadium has a current spectator capacity of 47,347.[3] The actual playing field is named after David Arellano, the founder of Colo-Colo, therefore, on occasions the whole stadium is referred to as Estadio Monumental David Arellano.

The stadium was first opened in 1975 with a double-header in front of 25,599 people. In the first match Santiago Morning and Santiago Wanderers drew 1-1 and in the main event Colo-Colo defeated Deportes Aviación 1-0, Carlos Orellana being the scorer. However, the stadium proved unsuitable for ongoing use, and therefore only five more matches took place there for the time being.

Completed in its current form in 1989, it was reopened in September of that year with a match between Colo-Colo and CA Peñarol from Uruguay, which the hosts won 2-1, thanks to goals by Marcelo Barticciotto and Leonel Herrera. The official capacity of the stadium then was between 62,500 and 65,000 spectators. The highest ever recorded attendance when 69,305 spectators saw a championship match between Colo-Colo and Club Universidad de Chile in 1992. In the 2016-17 season, Colo-Colo drew an average home league attendance of 21,509 for the Apertura and 23,229 for the Clausura.[4] The stadium was in 1991 home to the second Copa Libertadores final, won by Colo-Colo 3-0, making it the sole Chilean club to win the trophy.

Accidents, including a fatality in 1993, instigated various modernisations which led to a reduction of the capacity to the current 47,000 spectators.

The stadium is also rented out to club Santiago Morning and other Chilean teams that require holding games on the international tournament scale. It has also been used by the Chile national football team when the Estadio Nacional, the main football stadium of the country, is unavailable. The American rock band Pearl Jam played at the stadium on November 16, 2011, as part of their 20th anniversary tour.[5]

Its principal tenant and owner is the corporate entity Blanco y Negro that runs Colo-Colo and for which Chilean billionaire and President Sebastián Piñera is a major shareholder.[6]

International matches[edit]

As well as hosting club teams, Estadio Monumental has held seven games between Chile and other national squads. In 1997, Ivan Zamorano scored five goals for Chile in a 6-0 win over Venezuela during a France 1998 World Cup qualifier. In 2009, Chile drew 2-2 in another qualifier against Venezuela for the South Africa 2010 World Cup, and won 1-0 against Ecuador for a qualifier in the same competition. In 2012, Chile played two qualifiers for the Brazil 2014 World Cup at the Estadio Monumental, winning 4-2 against Peru, and losing 1-3 against Colombia. Two international friendly matches have been held the stadium: a 2-0 win for Chile over Uruguay in 2010, and a 4-0 Chilean victory over Estonia in 2011.[7]

2015 Copa América[edit]

Date Time (UTC−3) Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Attendance
June 17, 2015 21:00  Brazil 0–1  Colombia Group C 44,008
June 21, 2015 18:30  Brazil 2–1  Venezuela Group C 33,284

Concerts[edit]

Concerts at Estadio Monumental
Date Artist Tour Attendance
4 November 2010 Jonas Brothers Jonas Brothers Live in Concert World Tour 2010 30,000
4 May 2011 Miley Cyrus Gypsy Heart Tour 45,414
16 September 2011 Red Hot Chili Peppers I'm with You Tour 37,001
16 November 2011 Pearl Jam Pearl Jam Twenty Tour 53,000
24 September 2013 Bon Jovi Because We Can Tour 34,818
4 October 2013 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath Reunion Tour
27 March 2014 Metallica By Request Tour 43,296
14 September 2017 Bon Jovi This House Is Not for Sale Tour
29 September 2017 Guns N' Roses, The Who Stgo Rock City
30 September 2017 Aerosmith, Def Leppard

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