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The Aztec Stadium

The Aztec Stadium or “The Colossus of Saint Ursula” is the third largest stadium in the world, after the Rŭngnado May First Stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea and the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata, India. It was named “Azteca” through a contest, in which all fans throughout the country were invited to propose a name.

The full construction took nearly four years to complete. Ten architects, thirty-four engineers, fifteen technicians, and eight hundred workmen were employed during the construction. Architects and engineers responsible for the work chose the rocky area that the eruption of the Xitle volcano left to reach a firm surface on which to build.

The Aztec Stadium was inaugurated on May 29, 1966 by the President of Mexico, Gustavo Díaz Ordaz and the President of FIFA, Sir Stanley Rous. 120,000 spectators gathered to see a match between the Mexican America Club and the Italian Club Torino, which ended with a 2-2 draw and whose inaugural goal, within 10 minutes of the game, was scored by the Brazilian Arlindo Dos Santos Cruz from the America Club.

From that moment, the Aztec Stadium turned into the “Mexican soccer cathedral” and became a great stage for major sporting events like the World Cups of 1970 and 1986; musical concerts by U2, Michael Jackson and Elton John among others; and religious events such as Pope John Paul II’s visit in 1999. Converted into a synonym of popularity for anyone who could fill it, the Azteca recorded animpressive presence of 132,274 fans in the fight between the boxers Julio César Chávez and Greg Haugen, carried out in 1993. A year after, the Cowboys and the Oilers played the American Bowl, with record attendance.

In its 47 years of existence, this historic stadium has lived an endless number of unforgettable historic moments. The 1970 World Cup showcased the talents of what was arguably the greatest team of all time; Pele, Carlos Alberto, Rivelino and Jairzinho. During the 1986 quarter final between England and Argentina, Diego Maradona scored his legendary ‘Hand of God goal’ and ‘Goal of the Century’, according to FIFA voters. The Azteca’s history is so inextricably linked with some of greatest moments, as a result, will always be one the world’s most famous sporting venues.

Click here or to experience the emotion of watching a live game of football at the Azteca. Mexico vs Panama soccer, October 11.

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