Estadio Tomás Adolfo Ducó

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Estadio Tomás A. Ducó
Palacio
Duco-2007.jpg
Exterior view, 2007
Former namesJorge Newbery
LocationAv. Amancio Alcorta 2570,
Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires
Coordinates34°38′36.58″S 58°23′47.44″W / 34.6434944°S 58.3965111°W / -34.6434944; -58.3965111
OwnerClub Atlético Huracán
Capacity48,314
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Opened1924
Renovated1949
ArchitectCurutchet, Giraldez & Olivera Studio
Tenants
Club Atlético Huracán

The Estadio Tomás A. Ducó is a stadium in Argentina, located in the Parque Patricios neighborhood of Buenos Aires. The stadium is the home ground of CA Huracán and has a capacity of 48,314.[1]

History[edit]

Jorge Newbery[edit]

The stadium in 1937, with its racetrack

The first field of C.A. Huracán was a land on Arenas street that belonged to the Municipality of Buenos Aires. The club rented that land from 1911 to 1913, when the Municipal authorities forced the club to leave the land and to establish in another place. In 1914 Huracán moved to Chiclana avenue, near to San Lorenzo de Almagro venue on La Plata Avenue. Playing its home games there, Huracán won its first Primera División titles in 1921 and 1922. One year later, Huracán left that field.[2]

In August 1924, the club rented a land on the corner of Amancio Alcorta and Luna in Parque Patricios. The venue, inaugurated in a match v Colón de Santa Fe, had a capacity for 12,000 people and was named after Argentine aviator Jorge Newbery, from whose balloon the club had taken inspiration for its badge. Newbery would also be a usual collaborator of the club and even honorary president.[2] Huracán played its home games there when the club won the 1925 and 1928 league titles. By the mid-1930s, the stadium had increased its capacity to near 40,000.[2]

The stadium had also a concrete-made race track for motorcycle racing, also used for track cycling. Competitions were held during the 1920s and 1930s.[2]

In April 1939 the club acquired the land –at a cost of $ 700,000– to remodelate the stadium. The National Government granted C.A. Huracán a loan to build its new home venue.[3]

Tomás Adolfo Ducó[edit]

The remodelated stadium the day of its inauguration, 1949

Works started in October 1941, under direction of Arquitects Curutchet, Giraldez & Olivera through their firm "CGO". The studio had designed the current Casa de la Moneda building in 1941. Works on Huracán's stadium lasted about six years, during which the club was granted another loan ($ 1,553,472) to finish the construction.[4]

The remodelated stadium (works included the replacement of wooden grandstands by structures of concrete) was re-opened on September 7, 1947, in a Primera División match v Boca Juniors. Huracán won 4–3.[5] Nevertheless, it was officially inaugurated on November 10, 1949, when Huracán beat Uruguayan side Peñarol 4–1.[6]

In September 1967 the stadium was named "Tomás Adolfo Ducó", honoring the club's most notable president, who was also the main mover in the construction of the stadium.[7] Ducó (1901–1964) had had his first contact with Huracán as player, and at the same time he continued with his military career. Ducó became president in 1938, being in charge until he was accused of rebelling against the de facto Government of Pedro Pablo Ramírez.[7]

Ducó was imprisoned and confinated to Martín García Island. After being released, he returned to Huracán, being elected again as president of the club in 1949.[8]

Other events[edit]

The stadium has been hosted several music concerts, mainly of local rock bands. Patricio Rey y sus Redonditos de Ricota gave their first concert in a stadium at Huracán in 1993, with more than 80,000 spectators.[9] The band would perform again there in 1994.

Hard rock band La Renga performed in Huracán in 1999 with an attendance of 60,000.[10] The band returned to the Ducó to record their live album Insoportablemente Vivo in 2001. They also recorded another live album, En el Ojo del Huracán five years later. The Palacio Ducó became a frecquent venue for the band, giving new concerts in 2017.[11] Another Argentine rock band, Los Piojos, recorded a live album at Huracán in 2001.[12]

In popular culture[edit]

The Tomás A. Ducó stadium was the first of Argentine football to appear on an Academy Awards-winning movie, The Secret in Their Eyes ("El Secreto de Sus Ojos"). In the movie, Inspector Espósito (played by Ricardo Darín and his collaborator Sandoval (Guillermo Francella) attend a Huracán v Racing match –held in Palacio Ducó– in search of a murder suspect, knowing he was a strong Racing supporter.[13]

The phrase about the suspect's passion for a team ("The guy may change anything; his face, house, family, girlfriend, religion, God. But there is a thing that he can't change: his passion") became one of the most memorable moments of the film, not only to describe the character but the Argentine passion for football.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CA Huracán: Estadio Tomás Adolfo Ducó". Soccerway. Perform. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d Huracán on Viejos Estadios
  3. ^ Estadio Tomás Ducó on Huracán website
  4. ^ Moderno y majestuoso, el nuevo estadio de Huracán se yergue imponente para orgullo de su origen humilde by Diario Democracia, 23 Aug 1946
  5. ^ El Palacio Tomás Ducó by Carlos Ruiz, June 2009
  6. ^ Inauguración oficial del Palacio Ducó! on Huracán website
  7. ^ a b Tomás Ducó: mucho más que un estadio by Alejandro Domuto, 2014
  8. ^ El recuerdo del influyente Tomás Ducó on Diario Popular
  9. ^ Los Redonditos de la Quema, Olé, 19 Nov 2018
  10. ^ La Renga estalló en Huracán on El Acople website, 1 Jan 1999
  11. ^ La Renga en Huracán, La Nación
  12. ^ Fiesta en Huracán, El Acople
  13. ^ Una escena de "El Secreto de sus Ojos", El Liberal.com
  14. ^ Hay una cosa que no puede cambiar by Alberto Barbero on Marca, 9 Dec 2016

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