Nicaragua National Football Stadium

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Estadio Nacional de Fútbol
Nicaragua National Football Stadium.jpg
Full nameNicaragua National Football Stadium
LocationManagua, Nicaragua
Capacity15,000 (currently)
Record attendance15,000 Nicaragua vs Jamaica, September 8, 2015 ( 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification)
SurfaceArtificial Turf
OpenedApril 14, 2011 (2011-04-14)
Tenants
Nicaragua national football team
Deportivo Walter Ferretti
UNAN Managua

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.[1]

Overview[edit]

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.[2]

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Building for tomorrow in Belize and Nicaragua". FIFA.com. Retrieved January 8, 2012.
  2. ^ "El Estadio Nacional de Fútbol" (in Spanish). Fenifut.org. Retrieved January 8, 2012.[permanent dead link]

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Coordinates: 12°06′33″N 86°16′23″W / 12.10917°N 86.27306°W / 12.10917; -86.27306