Nicaragua National Football Stadium
|Full name||Nicaragua National Football Stadium|
|Record attendance||15,000 Nicaragua vs Jamaica, September 8, 2015 ( 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification)|
|Opened||April 14, 2011|
|Nicaragua national football team|
Deportivo Walter Ferretti
The Nicaragua National Football Stadium (Estadio Nacional de Fútbol) in Managua, Nicaragua, is home to the Nicaragua national football team. The official ribbon-cutting ceremony, attended by FIFA president Sepp Blatter, occurred on April 14, 2011. The first official game was a men's national team match featuring Nicaragua and Panama in a FIFA World Cup 2014 qualifying match, on September 6, 2011.
Envisioned to be built as the most modern stadium in Central America, funding has fallen short due to embezzlement from Sandinistas and the stadium is being built in stages. As of April 2011, only the first stage is complete thus far. The first stage included building of the playing surface, locker rooms for teams and officials, and a main grandstand. Second and future stages include end zone stands (under construction) as well as a media center and press box.
The national Football stadium is sometimes confused with the old National Stadium, Estadio Dennis Martinez in central Managua. That stadium was built in 1948, primarily as a baseball stadium. And it was in fact a stadium used by the national team before the construction of the current stadium. Football has a growing popularity among Nicaraguans and has forced its voice in securing a new stadium of its own.