Estadio Alejandro Villanueva

The Alejandro Villanueva Stadium, popularly known as Matute, is a soccer stadium located in the Matute neighborhood of the La Victoria district in Lima, Peru. The venue is owned by Club Alianza Lima, and it is here that he plays at home in peruvian Liga 1 and also in international tournaments where he has to participate as the Conmebol Libertadores or the Conmebol Sudamericana.

Estadio Alejandro Villanueva
Matute, La Caldera
Matute vista desde Occidente.jpg
Former namesAlianza Lima Stadium (1974–2000)
LocationLima, Peru
Coordinates12°4′6.75″S 77°1′22.39″W / 12.0685417°S 77.0228861°W / -12.0685417; -77.0228861
OwnerAlianza Lima
Capacity33,938
Field size105 x 70 m
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Broke groundMay 30, 1969
Built1969 - 1974
OpenedDecember 27, 1974
ArchitectWalter Lavalleja
Project managerWalter Lavalleja &
Alfonso de Souza Ferreyra
Tenants
Alianza Lima

Likewise, was registered as one of the alternate venues of the Peruvian Soccer Team for the South American qualifiers prior to the 2018 FIFA World Cup and was also considered as a possible venue for the Lima 2019 Pan American Games.

Currently, the Blue and Whites Fund, a group of investors managed by the club, is managing a possibility of developing an ambitious project for the expansion and total modernization of the stadium; which would include both the 4 tribunes, the playing field, underlying buildings, alternate court, Villa Intima and surroundings of the enclosure. This expansion is expected to provide Alejandro Villanueva with a capacity of 60,000 spectators.[1]

HistoryEdit

On April 11, 1965, it was announced at a press conference by Walter Lavalleja that a stadium was to be built in Lima for the club Alianza Lima. They were able to do this project because the president at that time, Manuel Odria donated a piece of land for the construction of this stadium. On May 30, 1969, the first phase of the project began.

The stadium was inaugurated with the "Señor de Los Milagros" tournament featuring Alianza Lima, Universitario de Deportes, Nacional of Uruguay, and Independiente of Argentina. The stadium opened on December 27, 1974, to 55,000 spectators with Alianza Lima drawing 2–2 with Nacional.

The stadium carried the club name since its opening. However, in 2000, with Alianza Lima's centennial anniversary approaching, the club rechristened the stadium name to Estadio Alejandro Villanueva in honor one of one their most important players.[2]

 
Alejandro Villanueva stadium in the finals of the 2006 Torneo Descentralizado.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ LR, Redacción (2020-05-15). "Alianza Lima: se filtra el diseño de cómo quedaría Matute tras la remodelación". larepublica.pe (in Spanish). Retrieved 2020-06-06.
  2. ^ Castro, Roberto. "Sin HD: Clásicas costumbres". Dechalaca.com. Retrieved 2 July 2013.

Coordinates: 12°4′6.75″S 77°1′22.39″W / 12.0685417°S 77.0228861°W / -12.0685417; -77.0228861