Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos

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Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos
El Nacional, El Coloso de Ñuñoa
Estadio Nacional de Chile - vista desde Av. Grecia.jpg
Former namesEstadio Nacional (1938–2008)
LocationAv. Grecia 2001, Ñuñoa, Santiago, Chile
Coordinates33°27′52″S 70°36′38″W / 33.46444°S 70.61056°W / -33.46444; -70.61056
Public transitSantiago Metro logo.png Santiago de Chile L6.svg at Estadio Nacional
OwnerMunicipality of Ñuñoa
Capacity48,665[1] (60,000+ in concerts)
Record attendance85,268 (Universidad de ChileUniversidad Católica, 29 December 1962)
Field size105 m x 68 m
Broke ground1937; 84 years ago (1937)
OpenedDecember 3, 1938; 82 years ago (1938-12-03)
ReopenedSeptember 12, 2010; 11 years ago (2010-09-12)
Construction cost$18,000,000
ArchitectFrancisco Romero
Chile national football team
Universidad de Chile
Santiago Morning
Deportes Recoleta
Deportes Melipilla
Real Juventud San Joaquín
Municipal Santiago
Gremio de Santiago
Selknam (rugby club)

Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos (originally known as Estadio Nacional) is the national stadium of Chile, and is located in the Ñuñoa district of Santiago. It is the largest stadium in Chile with an official capacity of 48,665. It is part of a 62 hectare sporting complex which also features tennis courts, an aquatics center, a modern gymnasium, a velodrome, a BMX circuit, and an assistant ground/warmup athletics track.

Construction began in February 1937 and the stadium was inaugurated on December 3, 1938. The architecture was based on the Olympiastadion in Berlin, Germany. The stadium was one of the venues for the FIFA World Cup in 1962, and hosted the final where Brazil defeated Czechoslovakia 3-1. In 1948, the stadium hosted the matches of the South American Championship of Champions, the competition that inspired the creation of the UEFA Champions League[2] and of the Copa Libertadores.[3] The stadium was notoriously used as a mass imprisonment, torture, and extrajudicial execution facility by the Pinochet dictatorship following the 1973 military coup.

In 2009, a complete modernization plan was unveiled for the stadium and surrounding facilities. President Michelle Bachelet said it would become the most modern stadium in South America.[4] The stadium will be the opening and closing ceremonies, athletics, and football venue for the 2014 South American Games and the 2023 Pan American Games.

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The stadium was built on former farmland, donated in 1918 by farmer Jose Domingo Cañas. The first sporting event in the new stadium took place on 3 December 1938, with a friendly game between the Chilean club Colo-Colo and Brazilian club São Cristóvão. Colo-Colo won 6–3.

It has hosted all matches of the 1941, 1945 and 1955 South American Football Championships, and several matches of the 1991 and 2015 Copa América.

The stadium hosted the final stages of the 1959 World Basketball Championship. It was held outdoors because the intended venue, the Metropolitan Indoor Stadium, was not ready in time.

In the early 1960s, under the government of Jorge Alessandri, the stadium was expanded to host the 1962 FIFA World Cup. The main change was that the velodrome that surrounded the stadium was replaced by galleries, thereby increasing its original capacity to around 95,000.

The stadium hosted group stage games between Italy, West Germany, Switzerland and Chile, including a notoriously ill-tempered and violent clash between Italy and Chile which became known as the Battle of Santiago. Also held at the ground were a quarter-final, a semi-final, the third place play-off, and the final, in which Brazil was crowned world champions for the second time. In the third-place play-off, Chile defeated Yugoslavia 1–0, marking the team's greatest success in international football.

Today, the ground serves as the home field for both the national team and the first-division club Universidad de Chile. It also hosts non-sporting events, such as political celebrations, charity events and concerts.

The stadium has been used since 1995 as the final leg of the Telethon with Don Francisco, a 28-hour telecast. The stadium holds up to 100,000 people for this annual event with the Jumbotron showing the required amount to reach the goal and its current donation. Exceptions were in 2014 and 2020; the first one was canceled due to bad weather conditions and the second due to the protection after the social outbreak.

On July 5, 2008, the stadium was officially renamed Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos, in honor of a recently deceased sports journalist.[5]

Use as a detention center[edit]

Estadio Nacional de Chile after the 1973 Chilean coup d'état

After the coup d'état of September 11, 1973, that ousted President Salvador Allende, the stadium began to be used as a detention facility. An article in the Harvard Review of Latin America reported that "there were over 80 detention centers in Santiago alone" and gave details of the National Stadium and others.[6]

Over 40,000 people spent time in the compound during the junta regime. Twelve thousand detainees were interned between September 11 and November 7.[7] The field and gallery were used to hold men, while women were held in the swimming pool changing rooms and associated buildings. Locker rooms and corridors were all used as prison facilities while interrogations were carried out in the velodrome.[8] The Red Cross estimated that 7,000 prisoners occupied the stadium at one point, of whom about 300 were foreigners. According to the testimonies of survivors collected by the humanitarian group, detainees were tortured and threatened with death by shooting. Some were actually shot or taken to unknown locations for execution.

FIFA President Sir Stanley Rous insisted the USSR team play a World Cup qualifier at the time. They however refused to do so and Chile qualified automatically for the 1974 World Cup, where they failed to advance from a group containing both West and East Germany and Australia.

The use of the stadium during the coup d'état is depicted in the 2002 documentary film Estadio Nacional, directed and produced by Carmen Luz Parot, and in the 2007 Swedish film The Black Pimpernel, which is based on the story of Swedish ambassador in Chile Harald Edelstam and his heroic actions to protect the lives of over 1,200 people during and after the military coup. The Black Pimpernel was shot on location in Santiago. The 1982 film Missing by Greek filmmaker Costa-Gavras depicts the September 11, 1973 coup d'état and execution of American journalists Charles Horman and Frank Teruggi at the Estadio Nacional.

In 2011, Chile set aside a section of the stadium, a section of old wooden bleachers called "Escotilla 8", to honor the prisoners who were detained there.[9]

2009–2010 renovation[edit]

Marcelo Salas farewell match, June 2, 2009

On June 15, 2009, President Michelle Bachelet announced several infrastructure improvements in order to modernize the stadium and its immediate facilities. Out of the total 24 billion pesos (US$42.3 million) contemplated in the plan, 20 billion pesos (US$35.3 million) are destined to bring the stadium up to modern standards. The changes include, a roof covering all the seats, which will also provide illumination; installation of seats around the entire stadium, lowering the current capacity to 47,000; a new state-of-the-art scoreboard; a 2.5 m deep 2 m wide pit will separate the track and the spectators to replace the fence; and several other changes. Because the stadium is a national monument the façade will remain the same, with the roof structure placed on top, without modifying the exterior. The stadium was closed on August 15, 2009. The stadium was scheduled to be reinaugurated in March 2010 to stage a double friendly match between Chile and North Korea and Panama, but the works were not finished on time. The construction of the roof has since been postponed by the government of President Sebastián Piñera due to financial constraints brought about by the February 27, 2010 earthquake. Although the stadium suffered minor damage from the earthquake, it partially opened to host the match between C.F. Universidad de Chile and C.D. Guadalajara for Copa Libertadores 2010. It was officially re-inaugurated on September 12, 2010, during Chile's bicentennial festivities.

2014 South American Games renovation[edit]

On September 12, 2010, during the Chilean bicentennial festivities, President Sebastián Piñera announced that the capacity of the stadium will be increased so as to reach 70,000 seats for the 2014 South American Games that will take place in Santiago.[10] The works are expected to begin in 2012.[11]

On June 3, 2011 further renovation plans were announced by the government. The complete area surrounding the stadium will be turned into a park to be called "Citizenry Park" (Parque de la Ciudadanía). Over 70% of the new 64-hectare park will consist of green areas, and the rest will include new infrastructure such as a lagoon or restaurants. The new park is expected to be ready for the 2014 games. New sporting venues will be built for the 2014 games, such as two modern gymnasiums, a new heated pool for synchronized swimming, a renovated velodrome and an expanded CAR, which will also serve as residence of the future Ministry of Sports. The only venues that will remain are the stadium, the main tennis court, the velodrome, the CAR, the athletics track, the skating track, the hockey field and the caracolas.[12]


The highest attendance for a match at Estadio Nacional to date is 85,268, for a Primera Division match played on December 29, 1962; Universidad de Chile defeated Universidad Catolica 4–1.[citation needed] In the 2016–17 season, Universidad de Chile drew an average home league attendance of 30,041 for the Apertura and 33,466 for the Clausura.[13]

1962 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Estadio Nacional hosted ten games of the 1962 FIFA World Cup, including the final matches.

Date Time (UTC-04) Team No. 1 Res. Team No. 2 Round Attendance
30 May 1962 15:00  Chile 3–1   Switzerland Group 3 65,006
31 May 1962 15:00  West Germany 0–0  Italy Group 3 65,440
2 June 1962 15:00  Chile 2–0  Italy Group 3 66,057
3 June 1962 15:00  West Germany 2–1   Switzerland Group 3 64,922
6 June 1962 15:00  West Germany 2–0  Chile Group 3 67,224
7 June 1962 15:00  Italy 3–0   Switzerland Group 3 59,828
10 June 1962 14:30  Yugoslavia 1–0  West Germany Quarter-finals 63,324
13 June 1962 14:30  Brazil 4–2  Chile Semi-finals 76,594
16 June 1962 14:30  Chile 1–0  Yugoslavia Third place play-off 66,697
17 June 1962 14:30  Brazil 3–1  Czechoslovakia Final 68,679


The stadium hosts many international and national concerts during the year. Rod Stewart was the first international artist to perform at the stadium. The concert brought more than 80,000 fans to the venue and was broadcast throughout the country. After that, the city started being included in many tours from international artists.

The following is a list of concerts, showing date, artist or band, tour, opening acts and attendance.

The view of the stadium during Madonna's concert in 2008
Band/artist Tour Year Date Attendance
Rod Stewart Out of Order Tour 1989 7 March 80,000
Cyndi Lauper A Night to Remember World Tour 1989 10 November 45,394
Bon Jovi New Jersey Syndicate Tour 1990 6 February 33,186
Silvio Rodríguez Retorno a la Democracia 1990 31 March 80,000
David Bowie
(Mick Taylor)
Sound+Vision Tour 1990 27 September N/A
Eric Clapton Journeyman World Tour 1990 29 September 50,000
Guns N’ Roses
Use Your Illusion Tour 1992 2 December 85,535
Nowhere Else To Roam Tour[a] 1993 4 May N/A
Michael Jackson
(Kris Kross, Rozalla, TLC)
Dangerous World Tour 1993 23 October 78,500
Paul McCartney
(Eduardo Gatti)
The New World Tour 1993 16 December 45,000
Depeche Mode
(Primal Scream)
Exotic Tour[a] 1994 10 April 25,000
The Rolling Stones
(Ratones Paranoicos, Los Barracos)
Voodoo Lounge Tour 1995 19 February 53,600
Elton John Made in England Tour 1995 7 November 40,000
Ballbreaker World Tour[c] 1996 22 October N/A
Luis Miguel Nada Es Igual Tour 1996 30 November 45,200
Soda Stereo El Último Concierto 1997 13 September N/A
David Bowie
(Bush, Molotov)
Earthling Tour[b] 1997 5 November N/A
(Santa Locura)
PopMart Tour 1998 11 February 67,633
Luis Miguel Amarte Es Un Placer Tour 1999 20 November 60,000[14]
Eric Clapton
(Miguel Vilanova)
Reptile World Tour 2001 4 October 50,000
Los Prisioneros Estadio Nacional 2001 30 November
1 December
Roger Waters In the Flesh Tour 2002 2 March N/A
Luis Miguel Mis Romances Tour 2002 16 November 45,155
(Jimmy Fernández)
Tour of the Mongoose 2003 8 March N/A
La Ley Gira Libertad 2003 8 November 28,000
Lenny Kravitz Electric Church Tour: One Night Only 2005 9 March N/A
Luis Miguel México En La Piel Tour 2005 15 November 45,680
(Franz Ferdinand)
Vertigo Tour 2006 26 February 77,345
Robbie Williams Close Encounters Tour 2006 10 October N/A
Shakira Oral Fixation Tour 2006 22 November N/A
Roger Waters The Dark Side of the Moon Live 2007 14 March N/A
High School Musical Cast High School Musical: The Concert[c] 2007 18 May 16,570
Soda Stereo Me Verás Volver 2007 24 October
31 October
The Police
The Police Reunion Tour 2007 5 December 48,725
Kylie Minogue KylieX2008[c] 2008 13 November N/A
(Paul Oakenfold)
Sticky & Sweet Tour 2008 10 December
11 December
Bon Jovi
The Circle Tour 2010 1 October 46,983
Rush Time Machine Tour 2010 17 October 36,840
(Ziggy Marley, Vicentico, Train, Francisca Valenzuela)
The Sun Comes Out World Tour 2011 11 March 40,000
U2 360° Tour 2011 25 March 82,596
Iron Maiden
The Final Frontier World Tour 2011 10 April 55,780
Miley Cyrus Gypsy Heart Tour 2011 4 May 42,805
Paul McCartney Up and Coming Tour 2011 11 May 52,000
Justin Bieber
(Cobra Starship)
My World Tour 2011 15 October 41,457
Britney Spears
(Howie Dorough)
Femme Fatale Tour 2011 22 November 35,000
Roger Waters The Wall Live 2012 2 March
3 March
Lady Gaga
(The Darkness, Lady Starlight)
The Born This Way Ball Tour 2012 20 November 42,416
(Laidback Luke)
The MDNA Tour 2012 19 December 47,625
The Cure
(Amöniäco, Prehistöricos)
LatAm2013 Tour 2013 14 April 50,000
Iron Maiden
(Slayer, Ghost)
Maiden England World Tour 2013 2 October 57,217
Justin Bieber
(Carly Rae Jepsen, Owl City)
Believe Tour 2013 12 November 47,969
One Direction
(Abraham Mateo)
Where We Are Tour 2014 30 April
1 May
Foo Fighters
(Kaiser Chiefs)
Sonic Highways World Tour[c] 2015 15 January 20,939
(Big Sean)
Latin America Tour 2015 29 September 50,200
Katy Perry
The Prismatic World Tour[c] 2015 6 October 23,438
Pearl Jam 2015 Latin America Tour 2015 4 November 60,000
David Gilmour Rattle That Lock Tour 2015 20 December 46,509
The Rolling Stones
(Los Tres)
América Latina Olé Tour 2016 2016 3 February 62,412
Iron Maiden
(Anthrax, The Raven Age)
The Book of Souls World Tour 2016 11 March 54,911
(María Colores, Lianne La Havas)
A Head Full of Dreams Tour 2016 3 April 60,787
Guns N’ Roses
(Wild Parade)
Not in This Lifetime... Tour 2016 29 October 62,375
Black Sabbath
(Rival Sons)
The End Tour 2016 19 November 60,121
Various Artists Cumbre del Rock Chileno 2017 7 January N/A
Justin Bieber Purpose World Tour 2017 23 March 43,000
(Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds)
The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 2017 14 October 58,422
Bruno Mars
24K Magic World Tour 2017 28 November 60,648
Plácido Domingo
(Mon Laferte)
Chile en mi Corazón 2018 14 January 43,000
Katy Perry
Witness: The Tour[c] 2018 8 March 20,000
Phil Collins
(The Pretenders)
Not Dead Yet Tour 2018 15 March 50.000
Depeche Mode
(Matías Aguayo & The Desdemonas)
Global Spirit Tour 2018 21 March 60.000
(Flying Lotus, Junun, Föllakzoid)
SUE Festival 2018 11 April 50.000
Monsta X The Connect World Tour[d] 2018 10 August N/A
Ricardo Arjona Circo Soledad[c] 2018 28 September 50,000
(Francisca Valenzuela)
El Dorado World Tour 2018 30 October 50,000
Roger Waters Us + Them Tour 2018 14 November 52,624
Boa, Super Junior, Shinee (Key, Tae-min), Girls' Generation (Yu-ri, Hyo-yeon) F(x) (Amber

Liu), Red Velvet, NCT (NCT 127, NCT Dream), EXO[15]

SM Town 2019 18 January
19 January[16]
Paul McCartney Freshen Up Tour 2019 20 March 49,900
(Kaiser Chiefs)
Simulation Theory World Tour[c] 2019 13 October 20.000
Iron Maiden
(The Raven Age)
Legacy of the Beast World Tour 2019 15 October 55.000
(Greta Van Fleet, Yajaira)
WorldWired Tour 2020 7 December


  • ^[a] – This show took place on the adjacent Velódromo Nacional.
  • ^[b] – This show took place on the adjacent Court Central.
  • ^[c] – This show took place on the adjacent Pista Atlética.
  • ^[d] – This show took place on the adjacent Recinto Polideportivo.
  • The show of Silvio Rodríguez in 1990 was recorded, and released on a double CD, as Silvio Rodríguez en Chile.
  • The Michael Jackson concert on 23 October 1993, a stop of his Dangerous World Tour, received an attendance of 80,000 people. He was also set to perform on October 21 but the show was cancelled due to health problems.
  • Both shows of Los Prisioneros in 2001 were released on cassette and CD as Estadio Nacional, on VHS and DVD as Lo Estamos Pasando Muy Bien.
  • During The Final Frontier World Tour, Iron Maiden performed to an audience of over 60,000 at the stadium on 10 April 2011.[18] The show was recorded and released on CD, LP, DVD and Blu-ray as En Vivo! in March 2012.[19]


The stadium was built with an original capacity of 48,000 spectators in 1937. At the time, some considered it a "white elephant" because it was thought that it could never be filled. The term also alluded to the charges of corruption against the administration of Arturo Alessandri, which oversaw the stadium's costly construction.[20]

For the 1962 FIFA World Cup, seating capacity was increased to 74,000 with overflow areas allowing for a total of more than 80,000 people, by eliminating the cycling track that was moved to another location. Over the years, seating capacity was reduced to keep escape routes clear and prevent accidents.

For the 2000 World Junior Championships in Athletics, the installation of individual seats was required, which reduced capacity to 66,000 spectators. This requirement ensured that the stadium could not exceed capacity, as seen with the visit of Pope John Paul II in 1987 (believed to be attended by more than 90,000 people, though no accurate measurement could be taken as attendance was free, with no control), or the closing of the Telethon. The official capacity of the stadium as of 2014 is 48,665.[21]


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  2. ^ Globo Esporte TV Programme, Brazil, May 10, 2015: Especial: Liga dos Campeões completa 60 anos, e Neymar ajuda a contar essa história. Accessed on December 6th 2015. In this interview to the Brazilian sports TV programme Globo Esporte, Jacques Ferran (the creator of the European Champions Cup) states that the South American Championship of Champions was his inspiration for the creation of the European continental competition. Ferran's speech goes from 5:02 to 6:51 in the video. Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine
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  4. ^ "Estadio Nacional costará US$ 42 millones y la "Roja" se va al Monumental". La Tercera (in Spanish). 2009-06-16. Archived from the original on 2009-06-11. Retrieved 2009-06-16.
  5. ^ "Publicada Ley que denomina Julio Martínez al Estadio Nacional de Santiago – Biblioteca del Congreso Nacional de Chile" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2011-06-03.
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  7. ^ "Chile Audio Visual". Archived from the original on 2011-07-07. Retrieved 2011-06-03.
  8. ^ Carmen Luz Parot, 2002, Estadio Nacional. Documental (National Stadium Documentary). Produced by Sello Alerce, Chile, 2002.
  9. ^ "The Soccer Match That Should Have Never Been Played". Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  10. ^ "La Tercera Edición Impresa". Retrieved 2011-06-03.
  11. ^ "La Tercera Edición Impresa". Retrieved 2011-06-03.
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  13. ^ "Primera División 2016/2017 Clausura – Attendance".
  14. ^ "Luismi suena fuerte". La Nación. 30 November 1999. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  15. ^ "SM Town Live en Chile: Viernes 18 de enero, Estadio Nacional | AgendaMusical". Retrieved 2019-01-23.
  16. ^ "SM Town Live: los singulares hitos que trae el megafestival de K-pop en Santiago | Culto". Retrieved 2019-01-16.
  17. ^ García, Checho (January 21, 2019). "¡Así fue el primer SM Town Live en Chile!". AR 13. Archived from the original on January 23, 2019. Retrieved January 23, 2019.
  18. ^ "Iron Maiden En Chile, 60.000 aficionados disfrutaron del espectáculo". Retrieved 2012-04-22.
  19. ^ "Iron Maiden To Release 'En Vivo!' Concert Blu-Ray, Two-DVD Set And Double Soundtrack Album". Archived from the original on 2012-09-09. Retrieved 2012-01-17.
  20. ^ Brenda Elsey, Citizens and Sportsmen: Futbol and Politics in Twentieth Century Chile (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2011)
  21. ^ "Estadio Nacional de Chile". The Stadium Guide. Retrieved 31 July 2015.

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Coordinates: 33°27′52″S 70°36′38″W / 33.46444°S 70.61056°W / -33.46444; -70.61056