Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica (2011)

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For the 'old' (1924) Stadium, see Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica (1924).
Estadio Nacional
Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, 2011.jpg
Location San José
Coordinates 9°56′11″N 84°6′28″W / 9.93639°N 84.10778°W / 9.93639; -84.10778Coordinates: 9°56′11″N 84°6′28″W / 9.93639°N 84.10778°W / 9.93639; -84.10778
Capacity 35,175 [1]
Surface Grass
Scoreboard Yes
Broke ground 2008
Built 2009–2011
Opened March 26, 2011[2]
Construction cost US$110 million
General contractor Anhui Foreign Economic Construction
Costa Rica national football team
2013 Copa Centroamericana
2013 Central American Games
2014 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup

The National Stadium of Costa Rica (Spanish: Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica) is a multi-purpose stadium in La Sabana Metropolitan Park, San José, Costa Rica. It is the first modern sport and event arena to be built in Central America.[3] The stadium was completed in 2011 and officially opened its doors to the public on Saturday, March 26 of that same year, with a capacity of 35,175 seats.[1][3] The stadium replaces the original National Stadium. It also serves as the home stadium of the Costa Rica national football team.[4]

It has one high-definition 160-square-metre (1,700 sq ft) screen, located in the southern section of the stadium, along with a smaller monochromatic screen, and another monochromatic screen of the same dimensions in the northern section.[5]

It was used to host matches during the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, including the opening game, the third place match and the Final.

Funding and Construction[edit]

Although the cost was programmed at the beginning to around $88 million, this was later adjusted to $100 million.[6]

The Chinese government financed the construction of the stadium in its totality, along with its furnishing, and assumed all other costs.[7] Demolition of the old National Stadium began May 12 of 2008, after the match between UCR (Universidad de Costa Rica) and Brujas FC[8] and the 200M event where Nery Brenes set a new national record (20:28 seconds).

The construction of the stadium formed part of the agreements signed between the presidents of Costa Rica and China, Óscar Arias and Hu Jintao, respectively, during Arias' first visit to the Asian country in October 2007. The construction began on March 12, 2009 and finished in 2011.

The Chinese company Anhui Foreign Economic Construction[4] was charged with the construction of the stadium and brought 800 Chinese labourers to complete the work.


The inauguration ceremony was celebrated on the night of Saturday, March 26, 2011. National and international sports activities and entertainment went on through April 10. An official stadium inauguration web site was created,[9] which informed the population of all inaugurating events.

The main inaugurating event was a friendly association football match between Costa Rica and China, which ended 2-2, with Álvaro Saborío scoring the first goal ever in the stadium. On March 29, in front of 35,000 people, the second match in the stadium was played against Argentina, ending 0-0.

Football tournaments[edit]

2013 Copa Centroamericana[edit]

The National Stadium hosted all 14 matches of the 2013 Central American Cup.

Date Team #1 Result Team #2 Round Attendance
January 18, 2013  Guatemala 1–1  Nicaragua Group A (opening match) 200
 Honduras 1–1  El Salvador Group B 2,500
 Costa Rica 1–0  Belize Group A 5,484
January 20, 2013  Belize 0–0  Guatemala Group A 250
 El Salvador 0–0  Panama Group B
 Costa Rica 2–0  Nicaragua Group A 5,980
January 22, 2013  Nicaragua 1–2  Belize Group A 750
 Panama 1–1  Honduras Group B 3,450
 Costa Rica 1–1  Guatemala Group A 6,760
January 25, 2013  Guatemala 1–3  Panama 5th Place Match 279
 Honduras 1–0  Belize Semifinals 1,664
 Costa Rica 1–0  El Salvador 4,993
January 27, 2013  El Salvador 1-0  Belize 3rd place match 1,997
 Costa Rica 1–0  Honduras Final 14,146

2014 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup[edit]

El Nacional hosted nine games of the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup. It hosted four Group A matches; including the opener, a Group C and Group D game, two quarterfinal matches, the 3rd place play-off and the final. The games were:

Date Team #1 Result Team #2 Round Attendance
Saturday March 15, 2014  Italy 2–0  Zambia Group A (opening match) 34,453
 Costa Rica 0–3  Venezuela Group A
Tuesday March 18, 2014  Venezuela 4–0  Zambia 25,624
 Costa Rica 0–1  Italy
Sunday March 23, 2014  Japan 3–0  New Zealand Group C 5,100
 Nigeria 3–0  Mexico Group D
Thursday March 27, 2014  Venezuela 3–2  Canada Quarter-finals 1,812
 Ghana 2–2 (4-3 on pen.)  Italy
Friday April 4, 2014  Venezuela 4-4 (2-0 on pen.)  Italy Third place match 29,814
 Japan 2–0  Spain Final


In 2011, Shakira headlined a concert at the stadium on 10 April. Miley Cyrus performed on 21 May and the Red Hot Chili Peppers performed on 12 September. Pearl Jam played on 20 November,[10] and Judas Priest and Whitesnake played on 27 September.

In 2012, Elton John performed on 3 February[11] and Lady Gaga played on 3 November, in front of 29,014 people.[12]

On 13 March 2014 Paul McCartney announced his first ever concert in Costa Rica, to be held on May 1, 2014.[13]

In July 2017, Guns N' Roses announced that they will be playing at Estadio Nacional on November 26, 2016.[14]


External links[edit]

Preceded by
Tofiq Bahramov Stadium
FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup
Final Venue

Succeeded by
Amman International Stadium