Estadio Charrúa is a stadium in the Carrasco neighborhood of Montevideo, Uruguay, used mostly for rugby union and also sometimes for football. Property of the Montevideo Department, it is currently leased to the Uruguayan Rugby Union and Uruguayan Football Association after an agreement signed in 2012.[2] The stadium holds 14,000 people.

Charrúa Stadium
Estadio Charrúa
Tierra de Teros[1]
Aerial view of the stadium in 2018
Full nameEstadio de Alternativa Charrúa
AddressAv. Bolivia s/n
Coordinates34°52′42″S 56°05′22″W / 34.878424°S 56.089320°W / -34.878424; -56.089320
OwnerMontevideo Department
Field size100 x 75 m
Opened1984; 40 years ago (1984)
Renovated2006, 2018
Structural engineerJuan Berta

Estadio Charrúa has been a frequent venue of teams such as the Uruguay national rugby union team, Uruguay women's national football team, Peñarol Rugby and Montevideo City Torque.



Originally planned and built as a football venue in 1984, in 2006 it was re-built thanks to a FIFA project called GOAL.[3][4]

Local club Peñarol attempted to acquire the stadium in 1993, but those negotiations did not prosper. The club made a new attempt in 2001 with a project that included its expansion to 30,000 spectators with an investment of US$8 million. With a period of concession of 30 years, refurbishments also included new press boxes, dressing rooms, and parking lot. Nevertheless the Montevideo Neighborhood Council rejected the project due to "the negative impact for the area (...) the deterioration of the quality of life of the residents and the devaluation of their patrimony".[5]

In December 2012 the Municipality of Montevideo signed a contract of concession with both bodies, Uruguayan Rugby Union (URU) and Uruguayan Football Association (AUF) for ten years.[2] The URU used the stadium for its headquarters, its high performance training center, and as the regular home of its national teams, most notably the senior men's team.[1]

Since 2013 the stadium has hosted Uruguay national rugby union team matches, and has also hosted Charrúas (American football national team of Uruguay) matches, and even concerts. The name Charrúa refers to Indigenous peoples in Uruguay.[4]

In football, the stadium is the home venue for Montevideo City Torque matches since 2020,[6] when the team moved from Estadio Centenario.





The stadium was one of three venues for the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, hosting all matches of Group A and D, plus semi-finals, third place and final.[7] Estadio Charrúa also hosted all the matches of 2022 South American U-17 Women's Championship.[8]



After the agreement signed in 2012, Estadio Charrúa became a frequent venue of the Uruguay national team, having hosted several World Cup qualification and test matches. The stadium has also been Peñarol's home venue for their games at the Super Rugby Americas since its first edition in 2020.

Panoramic view of Estadio Charrúa during the 2015 Rugby World Cup qualifier match, Uruguay vs Russia



Some artists that performed at Estadio Charrúa were Andrés Calamaro,[9] Daddy Yankee,[10] Joan Manuel Serrat and Joaquín Sabina,[11] Marc Anthony, No Te Va Gustar, La Vela Puerca, Ricardo Arjona, Selena Gomez & the Scene,[12] and Silvio Rodríguez.


See also



  1. ^ a b Deges, Frankie (2013-11-12). "'Beating the USA would be wonderful'". ESPN Scrum. Retrieved 2013-11-12.
  2. ^ a b CONTRATO DE CONCESION DE USO at URU (archived, 14 Dec 2012)
  3. ^ "Estadio Charrúa". Uruguay FA. Archived from the original on September 2, 2011. Retrieved 8 September 2011.
  4. ^ a b Estadio Charrúa at
  5. ^ Top 10 – Estadios que no fueron by Álvaro Cabrera at, 16 Apr 2015 (archived)
  6. ^ ¿Por qué Montevideo City Torque lleva a Nacional al Charrúa? on ESPN, 8 Feb 2021
  7. ^ Group A, Estadio Charrúa, Montevideo at (archived)
  8. ^ Sudamericano Femenino sub17 at
  9. ^ Andrés Calamaro girará por Uruguay on, 28 Jan 2008
  10. ^ Se suspendió el recital de Daddy Yankee at El Observador, 11 Apr 2011
  11. ^ ¿Por qué Sabina - Serrat valen la mitad en Montevideo? at
  12. ^ Estrella adolescente en el Charrúa, 17 Jan 2012 at Infonegocios
Preceded by FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup
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Succeeded by