Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano

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Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano
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Full name Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano
Location San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Owner Municipality of San Pedro Sula
Capacity 40.000 [1]
Field size 105 x 68
Surface Grass
Construction
Built 1995–1997
Opened 25 September 1997
Tenants
Honduras national football team
Marathón
Real España

Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano is a multi-purpose stadium in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. It is currently used mostly for football matches and also has facilities for athletics. The stadium has a capacity of 37,325.[2]

History[edit]

It was built in 1997 for the sixth edition of the Central American Games held there. This stadium was built by Jerónimo Sandoval, mostly known by "Chombo Sandoval", he was the organizer of the 1997 Central American Olympic Games in San Pedro Sula, which caused many controversies. After its completion the stadium became the largest in the country dispatching Estadio Nacional's of that title. It has been the home for Honduras national football team since the 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification, with Estadio Nacional hosting some games on and off.

Before leaving office, San Pedro Sula's former mayor, Oscar Kilgore, attempted to change the name of the stadium to José de la Paz Herrera, a prominent Honduran football coach and only coach at the time that had taken Honduras to a World Cup. The move was heavily opposed by Club Deportivo Marathón and eventually abandoned.[3]

Matches[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stadium capacity
  2. ^ Garcia, Vito (2013-03-21). "El Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano, la caldera del futbol catracho". La Ciudad Deportiva. Retrieved 2014-12-27. 
  3. ^ Stadiumlist.com

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 15°28′12″N 88°00′25″W / 15.470094°N 88.006931°W / 15.470094; -88.006931