Estadio Ramón Tahuichi Aguilera
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|Full name||Estadio Ramon Tahuichi Aguilera Costas|
|Former names||Estadio William Bendeck (1945–1980)|
|Location||Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia|
|Owner||Santa Cruz Department|
|Field size||105 x 64.7 m|
|Broke ground||28 January 1938|
|Opened||25 May 1940|
Oriente Petrolero |
Estadio Ramón "Tahuichi" Aguilera Costas is a multi-purpose stadium in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. It is used mostly for football matches, on club level by Blooming, Oriente Petrolero, Destroyers, and Royal Pari. The stadium has a capacity of 38,000 people and was built in 1939. It was also one of the official stadiums for the 1997 Copa America as well as a number of international regional tournaments, such as, Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana. Initially, it was known as Estadio William Bendeck, but in 1980 it was renamed after the Bolivian player Ramón Aguilera Costas.
Organized by the Tahuichi Academy, every year during January this stadium hosts one of the greatest youth football (soccer) tournaments in the world, the "Mundialito Paz y Unidad." Past participants of the U-15 tournament have included Real Madrid, Benfica, Atlas FC, Vasco da Gama, River Plate, Colo-Colo and many youth national teams.
History (name changes)
At first it was named 'Estadio Departamental de Santa Cruz, then in 1972 on the death row wheel racing and credit of Santa Cruz Willy Bendeck in a local competition, sport cruceño decides to name the stadium departmental "Willy Bendeck" that from that date was known nationally and internationally.
In 1979 the football academy Tahuichi Aguilera iwa invited to an international soccer tournament U-15 to be held in Argentina, with an important role to play and reaching the final of the tournament and came to be crowned tournament champion, fact makes Sport Santa Cruz in just recognition of the founder of this academy football (Ramon "Tahuichi" Aguilera Costas) decided to rename the department and is called stage Tahuichi Aguilera whose name it bears to date.
In 2008 the owner of the stadium said he would see changes in January 2009. But after several concerts at the stadium, the owner decided that the next year there would not be any music concerts. In 2009 they painted the bleachers, renewed the program, and the owner told the Bolivian newspaper that in May 2010 the owner and the tenant club would decide whether the stadium was to be completely renovated or demolish the stadium so the capacity can be extend to 48,000.