Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica (2011)

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Estadio Nacional
La Joya de La Sabana
"The Jewel of The Savanna"[1]
Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica - Logo.png
Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica.jpg
LocationSan José San José, Costa Rica
Coordinates9°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
Capacity35,062
SurfaceGrass
ScoreboardYes
Construction
Broke ground2008
Built2009–2011
OpenedMarch 26, 2011
Construction costUS$110 million
General contractorAnhui Foreign Economic Construction China
Tenants
Costa Rica national football team

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 March 26 that year, with a capacity of 35,175 seats.[2][3] The stadium replaced the original National Stadium, and is 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.

It was used to host matches during the 2022 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, including the opening game and the Final.

It hosted the first show of Coldplay's Music of the Spheres World Tour due to the green credentials of the country.

Funding and Construction[edit]

The initial cost was $88 million, it grew to $100 million.[6]

The Chinese government financed the construction, furnishing, and general costs of the stadium on their own.[7] The old National Stadium was demolished on May 12, 2008, after UCR (Universidad de Costa Rica) vs. Brujas FC[8] match and a 200M race where Nery Brenes set a new national record (20:28 seconds).

The president of Costa Rica, Óscar Arias and the leader of People's Republic of China Hu Jintao, agreed to build the stadium during Arias' first visit to China in October 2007.[9] The construction began on March 12, 2009, and it finished in 2011.

The Chinese company Anhui Foreign Economic Construction[4] was in charge of the construction of the stadium. About 800 Chinese workers immigrated.

Inauguration[edit]

The stadium during the inauguration ceremony

The grand inauguration ceremony occurred on March 26, 2011. National and international sports activities and entertainment went on through April 10. An official stadium inauguration website was created,[10] 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.

During 2011, the new stadium was subject of a heavy investment made by the Costa Rican Football Federation to propel Costa Rican football into the world scene. To do this, the federation organized friendly matches against previous FIFA World Cup winners Argentina, Brazil, and Spain, with the latter being the then most recent winners of the tournament.[11]

Football tournaments[edit]

2013 Copa Centroamericana[edit]

The Estadio Nacional hosted all 14 matches of the 2013 Copa Centroamericana.

Date Team #1 Result Team #2 Round Attendance
18 January 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
20 January 2013  Belize 0–0  Guatemala Group A 250
 El Salvador 0–0  Panama Group B
 Costa Rica 2–0  Nicaragua Group A 5,980
22 January 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
25 January 2013  Guatemala 1–3  Panama 5th Place Match 279
 Honduras 1–0  Belize Semifinals 1,664
 Costa Rica 1–0  El Salvador 4,993
27 January 2013  El Salvador 1–0  Belize Third 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
15 March 2014  Italy 2–0  Zambia Group A (opening match) 34,453
 Costa Rica 0–3  Venezuela Group A
18 March 2014  Venezuela 4–0  Zambia 25,624
 Costa Rica 0–1  Italy
23 March 2014  Japan 3–0  New Zealand Group C 5,100
 Nigeria 3–0  Mexico Group D
27 March 2014  Venezuela 3–2  Canada Quarter-finals 1,812
 Ghana 2–2 (4–3 p)  Italy
4 April 2014  Venezuela 4–4 (2–0 p)  Italy Third place match 29,814
 Japan 2–0  Spain Final

2022 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup[edit]

Estadio Nacional hosted eighteen games of the 2022 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup. It hosted four Group A matches, two Group B games, four Group C games, and two Group D games, two quarterfinal matches, two semifinal matches, the 3rd place play-off and the final. The games were:

Date Team #1 Result Team #2 Round Attendance
10 August 2022  Spain 0–0  Brazil Group A 9,819
 Costa Rica 1–3  Australia 22,506
11 August 2022  France 0–1  Nigeria Group C 723
 Canada 0–2  South Korea 839
13 August 2022  Mexico 1–1  Colombia Group B 9,336
 Costa Rica 0–5  Spain Group A 22,446
14 August 2022  United States 0–3  Netherlands Group D 2,652
 France 3–1  Canada Group C 2,652
16 August 2022  Colombia 2–2  New Zealand Group B 3,378
 Brazil 5–0  Costa Rica Group A 11,923
17 August 2022  Netherlands 4–1  Ghana Group D 814
 South Korea 0–1  France Group C 979
20 August 2022  Spain 1–0  Mexico Quarter-finals 4,914
 Colombia 0–1  Brazil 7,874
25 August 2022  Spain 2–1  Netherlands Semi-finals 4,054
 Brazil 1–2  Japan 6,571
28 August 2022  Netherlands 1–4  Brazil Third place match 15,672
 Spain 3–1  Japan Final 29,891

Concerts[edit]

Concerts at National Stadium of Costa Rica (2011)
Date Artist Tour Attendance
10 April 2011 Shakira The Sun Comes Out World Tour 34,516
21 May 2011 Miley Cyrus Gypsy Heart Tour 33,451
12 September 2011 Red Hot Chili Peppers I'm with You World Tour 20,716
27 September 2011 Judas Priest
(Whitesnake)
Epitaph World Tour TBA
20 November 2011 Pearl Jam Pearl Jam Twenty Tour TBA
3 February 2012 Elton John Greatest Hits Tour 12,363
3 November 2012 Lady Gaga Born This Way Ball 29,014
1 October 2013 Aerosmith
(AKASHA)
Global Warming Tour TBA
22 October 2013 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath Reunion Tour TBA
1 May 2014 Paul McCartney Out There 27,001
5 September 2015 Camila Elypse World Tour TBA
20 February 2016 Marc Anthony
(Gente de Zona)
TBA TBA
16 April 2016 Chayanne I will be in everything Tour TBA
19 May 2016 Alejandro Sanz Sirope Tour TBA
20 August 2016 Laura Pausini Pausini Stadi Tour 2016 TBA
5 November 2016 Metallica WorldWired Tour 32,934
26 November 2016 Guns N' Roses
(Gandhi)
Not in This Lifetime... Tour 29,560
24 April 2017 Justin Bieber
(Bartosz Brenes)
Purpose World Tour 23,377
7 May 2017 Soy Luna Soy Luna Live TBA
9 May 2017 Sting 57th & 9th Tour TBA
19 August 2017 Ricardo Montaner Normal Man Tour TBA
7 December 2017 Bruno Mars
(DNCE)
24K Magic World Tour Sold Out
28 February 2018 Myriam Hernández Gala of love TBA
7 March 2018 Joaquín Sabina TBA TBA
14 July 2018 Jesús Adrián Romero TBA TBA
8 August 2018 Laura Pausini Fatti Sentire World Tour TBA
18 August 2018 Marc Anthony TBA TBA
15 September 2018 Soy Luna Soy Luna Live 2 TBA
24 November 2018 Roger Waters Us + Them Tour 46,500
30 November 2018 Chayanne Tour From the Soul 25,000
8 December 2018 Romeo Santos TBA TBA
21 March 2019 Luis Miguel México Por Siempre Tour TBA
6 April 2019 Marco Antonio Solís And the story continues Tour TBA
17 August 2019 Ricardo Montaner TBA TBA
30 November 2019 Morat Balas Perdidas Tour TBA
7 December 2019 Chayanne and Marc Anthony Tour From the Soul 38,000
15 February 2020 Pandora + Yuri Together Tour TBA
20 February 2020 Pablo Alborán Promise Tour TBA
23 February 2020 Caifanes TBA TBA
21 March 2020 Yanni CANCELLED CANCELLED
4 April 2020 Carlos Rivera War Tour CANCELLED
28 April 2020 KISS CANCELLED CANCELLED
18 March 2022 Coldplay
(H.E.R., MishCatt)
Music of the Spheres World Tour Sold Out
19 March 2022
21 May 2022 Nodal
(Charlie Zaa)
Outlaw Tour Sold Out
22 May 2022
26 Juny 2022 Paulina Rubio Costa Rica Live TBA
3 September 2022 Jesús Adrián Romero Tour of hope TBA
10 September 2022 Marc Anthony
(Manuel Turizo)
Living Tour TBA
8 October 2022 Marco Antonio Solís I'm so excited to see you World Tour TBA
16 October 2022 Jessi Uribe Bohemios Tour TBA
22 October 2022 Daddy Yankee La Última Vuelta World Tour Sold Out
23 October 2022
19 November 2022 Morat Morat World Tour Sold Out
24 November 2022 Bad Bunny World's Hottest Tour Sold Out
25 November 2022 Eros Ramazotti Battito Infinito World Tour TBA
2 December 2022 Sebastián Yatra Dharma Tour TBA
9 December 2022 Ricardo Arjona Black and White Tour 52,000 (Sold Out)
10 December 2022
28 January 2023 Pandora + Flans Unexpected Tour TBA

Fire incident[edit]

During the opening ceremony of the 2013 Central American Games, a fire broke out in the stadium because of a stray firework which hit the western part of the stadium roof.[12] The fire damaged some lighting equipments but the stadium was still used for the Games.[13]

Panorama view[edit]

Panorama view of the Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica. March, 2022.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup: Destination - San José". FIFA.com. FIFA. Archived from the original on November 28, 2016. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  2. ^ a b Pinto afirma que la Selección jugará en el estadio Saprissa La Nación, 2012-11-07. (in Spanish)
  3. ^ a b Costa Rica’s 35,000-seat National Stadium opens Archived 2013-10-05 at the Wayback Machine Tico Times, 2011-03-25.
  4. ^ a b http://wvw.nacion.com/ln_ee/2009/julio/28/deportes2040316.html , Spanish.
  5. ^ "Estadio Nacional tendrá pantalla de 140 metros HD - DEPORTES - la Nación". Archived from the original on 2010-08-28. Retrieved 2012-12-03.
  6. ^ http://www.nacion.com/2010-10-15/Deportes/NotaPrincipal/Deportes2556136.aspx Archived 2010-10-18 at the Wayback Machine, Spanish.
  7. ^ "El nuevo Estadio Nacional costará $12 millones más - DEPORTES - la Nación". Archived from the original on 2010-10-18. Retrieved 2012-12-03.
  8. ^ "Noticias de deportes en Costa Rica".
  9. ^ "Football Ramble | Stak".
  10. ^ http://www.nuevoestadionacional.com/ Archived November 27, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "Los ticos, puro lujo". La Prensa Gráfica. 14 November 2011. Archived from the original on November 28, 2016. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  12. ^ Chacón, Rocío; Fernández, Evelyn (3 March 2013). "Incendio en el Estadio Nacional tras ceremonia de inauguración" (in Spanish). aldia.cr. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  13. ^ "Roof of National Stadium catches fire during inauguration of Central American Games". insidecostarica.com. 4 March 2013. Retrieved 7 September 2016.

External links[edit]

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

2014
Succeeded by
Preceded by FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup
Final Venue

2022
Succeeded by