The arena under new signage in April 2018
|Former names||Metropolitan Indoor Stadium|
Arena Santiago (April 2006-October 2008)
|Location||Av. Beaucheff 1204, O'Higgins Park|
|Opened||April 15, 2006|
Movistar Arena is a 17,000-seat multi-purpose indoor arena in Santiago, Chile. It is located inside O'Higgins Park, in downtown Santiago. Its main structure was built in 1956, but it remained unfinished until 1999 when the roof was completed.
Buyer Peter Hiller opened it on April 15, 2006 as Arena Santiago with a seat-capacity of 12,000. Telefónica's cell phone division Movistar bought the stadium's naming rights, changing its name on October 6, 2008, while also expanding its capacity by 5,000 seats.[clarification needed] It is one of the largest multi-purpose arenas in South America, with a total surface is 44,000 m². An additional 3,000 seats can be placed over the court during concerts, boosting the total capacity to 17,000 seats.
The original building was designed and conceived by Mario Recordón in 1956 with the name "Metropolitan Indoor Stadium" to be the seat of the World Basketball Championship. However, funding was redirected to remodeling the Estadio Nacional de Chile, with a view to achieving the 1962 FIFA World Cup. The roofed stadium was left in total neglect.
In 1998, during the term of Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle it was decided to complete it. The work was financed by Hiller Investments, which received a grant from the Ministry of Public Works with a 20-year lease.
Iron Maiden will play their first ever arena show in Chile on 4 October 2019, as part of their Legacy of the Beast World Tour. The show was announced because the first concert at the Estadio Nacional on October 15 sold out all the 63,000 tickets half a year before the show.
It will be used as one of the venues for the 2023 Pan American Games and will host basketball events.
Davis Cup incident
On 7 April 2000, the site was the scene of a Chile-Argentina Davis Cup rubber. During the second singles match between Nicolás Massú and Mariano Zabaleta, the crowd reacted violently, pelting the Argentine team with fruit, coins and plastic chairs. The Chilean Tennis Federation was fined almost US$50,000 and was banned from hosting Davis Cup games for two years.
- "Quiénes somos". Movistar Arena. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
- Díaz, Jorge (7 March 2006). "Chile tiene un estadio a la altura del siglo XXI" [Chile has a stadium at 21st century standards]. El Mercurio (in Spanish). Santiago. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
- "Nuevo recinto Movistar Arena abre sus puertas en el Parque O'Higgins" [New venue, Movistar Arena, opens its gates in O'Higgins Park]. La Tercera (in Spanish). Santiago. 6 October 2008. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
- Nancucheo, Nicolás (6 April 2015). "A 15 años de los sillazos chilenos que avergonzaron al tenis" [It's been 15 years since the chilean chair throws that shamed tennis] (in Spanish). Santiago. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
Media related to Movistar Arena at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website (in Spanish)