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Azteca Stadium

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In the world, important stadiums have been built where one of the most passionate sports with the largest number of followers is played, soccer . In Mexico , the largest and most important stadium is the Azteca Stadium , each owned by Club América and del Tri . It has in fact been considered one of the most iconic states in sport by FIFA and ranks fourth worldwide. It is the only stadium that has been the home of two great world finals.

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  • When was it inaugurated? 05/29/1966
  • Capacity: 87,523
  • Dimensions: 105 x 68 m

What is the Azteca Stadium?

Azteca Stadium is the largest stadium in Mexico and the third of larger worldwide. A stadium that has managed to witness two FIFA World Cups in addition to hundreds of national championships in the country. This is the first stadium that observed how Pelé was consecrated as the king of soccer.

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Characteristics of the Azteca Stadium

There are many characteristics that can be observed and that make this stadium unique in the world. The most important of them are mentioned below.

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  • Its facade is made of columns of reinforced concrete that can withstand the entire system stands.
  • The bleachers are made of prestressed concrete .
  • In front of the façade, the main access is located, which is known as the Red Sun.
  • It has several stairs and ramps that connect with the levels of the stadium, making possible better accessibility .
  • Its total cost exceeded 200 million Mexican pesos .
  • It is considered the stadium larger across America and occupies the fourth place in the world .
  • His court is 50 meters down below the level that has the street .
  • It has an excellent drainage system .
  • The dimensions of its court are 105 x 68 meters .
  • It has one of the most modern lighting systems .
  • Provides maximum visibility to spectators from anywhere in the stands.
  • It has a total of 856 private boxes that are shaped like a balcony.

Location

The Azteca Stadium is located on the outskirts of Mexico City , on lands that belonged to the town of Santa Úrsula Coapa , a delegation from Coyoacán , a name by which it is colloquially known.

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The birth of the Azteca Stadium occurred in 1962 when it was announced that the first soccer World Cup in Mexico would take place in 1970, so at that time, the duel of the country’s national network, Televisa , decided to start with the construction of it. When its construction began, a contest was held in order to name the stadium and it was a man from the City of León, in the State of Guanajuato, who was the winner in the contest, calling it Estadio Azteca.

History of the Azteca Stadium

As we mentioned before, before the news of the arrival of the first soccer world cup for Mexico , the stadium began to be built. It was in 1962 that its construction began in the hands of the architects Pedro Ramírez Vázquez and Rafael Mijares Alcérreca . In that same year, a total of 63,590 meters were eliminated using explosives and hundreds of people including engineers , builders , technicians and architects began construction. By May 1966 , the site was practically finished.

The inauguration of the Azteca Stadium was in charge of the country’s president , Gustavo Díaz Ordaz, and the ceremony was attended by the highest ranking official of FIFA , Stanley Rous , presidents of America and a total of one hundred thousand spectators. That same day at 12:25 p.m., América and Torino stepped on their soil for the first time. Its first official competitive game was held on June 2 when the day for the Mexico Cup began . In 1968 , the organizing committee of the Olympic Games chose the stadium to be the main venue.

In 1997, after having held several sporting events of great importance in the place, the company Televisa , owner of the stadium, decided to change the name to ” Guillermo Cañedo Stadium ” as a posthumous tribute , however, the change did not It was well received by the public who continued to call it Estadio Azteca, which is why the name was returned. With the passage of time, the Azteca Stadium not only became the home of the América soccer team but also became the most important stadium in the country.

Future

The future of the Azteca Stadium is focused on the World Cup to be held in 2026 as the country will be one of the venues together with the United States and Canada, which is why its entire lighting system was renewed. It is also planned to renovate the benches to improve the conditions for the spectators. After being closed for many months due to the Covid-19 pandemic , the stadium is ready to open its doors to the public.

Remodeling

The Azteca Stadium has undergone several important renovations to its infrastructure in order to give it a more modern image. Today it has a shopping center that has capacity for 250 stores and has parking for 2,500 vehicles . Their entire lighting system was also revamped to add state-of-the-art technology that cut electricity in half.

In 1984 , the stadium underwent remodeling under the guidance of the architect Pedro Ramírez who managed to design the entire work plan and the necessary changes before the World Cup in 1986, at that time, the facilities were expanded and improved , the capacity of the stadium and the comfort for the teams. In 2016 it was further updated, improving the space and the services it provides, in 2018 a whole modern sound equipment was installed to be able to provide a more uniform coverage and in 2019, the natural grass was reinstalled after it had been changed to a hybrid one.

Most important events

  • Final of the Women’s World Cup in 1971
  • World Cup of the year 1970.
  • Pan American Games in 1975.
  • Youth World Cup held in 1983.
  • 1986 World Cup .
  • Gold Cup held in 1993, its II edition.
  • Confederations Cup 1999.
  • Gold Cup held in 2003.
  • International Bicentennial Game held on August 11, 2010.
  • Final of the U-11 World Cup Mexico 2011.

Importance

This imposing stadium is considered the most important in Mexico and occupies privileged places worldwide thanks to its size and capacity . It has enormous historical value thanks to all the sporting events that it has witnessed, as well as several important concerts and events that have been held within its facilities. In addition, this was the only stadium in the world that has managed to become the headquarters of the end of World Cups.

Curiosities about the Azteca Stadium

There are many curiosities around the Azteca Stadium, some of the most relevant are the following:

  • This is the only stadium in the world in which three world cup finals have been played , two of them for men and one for women’s football.
  • The stadium holds the world record in terms of attendance at a women’s soccer match as it hosted more than 110,000 fans who gathered to watch the final between Mexico and Denmark.
  • In order to build the stadium , dynamite had to be used in order to be able to remove 000 tons of basalt rock which had been expelled hundreds of years ago by the Xitle volcano.

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