Estadio Ciudad de La Plata

The Estadio Único Diego Armando Maradona[2][3] (One-of-a kind Diego Armando Maradona Stadium, formerly Estadio Ciudad de La Plata) is a multi-purpose stadium located in the city of La Plata, Argentina. It is also known popularly as the Estadio Único (One-of-a kind Stadium) and is owned by the Province of Buenos Aires, administered jointly by the provincial government, the Municipality of La Plata, and the football clubs Estudiantes de La Plata and Gimnasia y Esgrima de la Plata.

Estadio Único
Diego Armando Maradona
Estadio Único Diego Armando Maradona
Estadio Único
EstadioUnicoLaPlata Interior June2014.jpg
Interior view of the stadium, April 2018
Full nameEstadio Único Diego Armando Maradona
Former namesEstadio Ciudad de La Plata
LocationLa Plata, Argentina
OwnerBuenos Aires Province
Capacity53,000
Field size105 x 70
SurfaceGrass, GreenTech System
Construction
Built1997–2003
OpenedJune 7, 2003; 19 years ago (2003-06-07)
Renovated2011 [1]
Construction costAR$100 million
ArchitectRoberto Ferreira
Tenants
Website
estadiolp.gba.gob.ar

Opened on June 7, 2003, the stadium was considered "the most modern of Latin America",[4][1] even without having completed all of the planned construction. Its tenants include Estudiantes LP whose own stadium, the Estadio Jorge Luis Hirschi, was declared unsafe in 2005, and Gimnasia y Esgrima LP. Gimnasia returned to their original stadium (Estadio Juan Carmelo Zerillo) in mid-2008.

It is located between 32nd and 526th avenues, 25 Street and 21. These fields also contain a small rugby union stadium and a center for Physical Education, which tend to be intercollegiate events with schools in the area, such as the school No. 31, better known as the Saint Martin Commercial.

Besides the planned placement of the cover to the third stage, which will begin in 2009, by virtue of being made the first two stages.

HistoryEdit

BeginningsEdit

 
Poster displaying a logo for the project of a stadium in La Plata which would be a venue for the 1978 World Cup. It was finally dismissed

The idea of the project began in 1947 when Governor Domingo Mercante expropriated the property located at the junction of Roads 32 and 25 and formed the La Plata Sports Complex.

In 1972, La Plata was to be a candidate to host matches in the 1978 FIFA World Cup. The Government of Argentina called for project competitive bids to construct a "unique stadium" in the city. It would be built in a municipal land situated near Ringuelet train station, adding other lands to be expropriated. The government choose the project presented by Antonini-Schon-Zemborain, nevertheless it would never carried out.[5]

In 1989, after a meeting between the Buenos Aires Province Government and the Municipality of La Plata's, Estudiantes and Gimnasia, created a committee to build and manage a complex dedicated entirely to the practice of football and other sports.

Thus, after reviewing several alternatives, the construction of the stadium was proposed to take place in the area of the Center for Physical Education No. 2. This determined as the most accessible area for a stadium in La Plata. In January 1992 it was signed into law 11118, which established the construction site.

ConstructionEdit

Interior view of Estadio Unico in December 2010
Aerial view of the stadium at night, 2014

On April 21, 1992, the Estadio Ciudad de La Plata Foundation was established, which was an institution composed equally of representatives from Estudiantes and Gimnasia. The College of Architects and Engineers held a meeting in April 1993 to choose an architectural proposal. It was awarded to Roberto Ferreira & Associates.

In 1996 a permit was given by the Executive Branch that awarded the provincial administration the right to begin construction the following year. The Executive Unit called for public tenders for the job.

A year later they began building the supports for the roof. And in 1998, the governor Eduardo Duhalde and the Mayor of La Plata, Julio Alak, laid the first stone to begin the construction of the stadium.

The works also detained foir trade union and economic problems in 2000, so ad with Eduardo Duhalde as President of the Nation, called for a new tender for the allocation of investment with a view to its installation in May 2003.

Opening and eventsEdit

The stadium opened on June 7, 2003. The stadium was temporarily closed to convert it into an all-seater stadium, and to install a new roof intended to cover all seats. Work had gone ahead of schedule and the roof was finished before the end of February. The stadium was officially reopened on February 17, 2011, and its first match was played six days later between Estudiantes and Deportes Tolima for the Group 7 of the 2011 Copa Libertadores.

The stadium has since become a significant venue for musicians on tour. Over 300,000 tickets to such events at the stadium were sold in 2011, ranking the La Plata Stadium fifth worldwide in performing events tickets sold.[6]

After the passing of Diego Maradona in November 2020, the stadium was named "Estadio Único Diego Maradona" to honor the legend.[2] On the same way, one of its grandstands was named "Alejandro Sabella" to honor one of the most notable players from the city.[3]

EventsEdit

Friendly matchesEdit

The stadium has hosted at least two friendly matches featuring the national team.

Date Time
(UTC-03)
Team 1 Result Team 2 Attend. Notes
July 16, 2003 21:10   Argentina
2–2
  Uruguay 40,000 [7][8]
June 7, 2014 14:45   Argentina
2–0
  Slovenia 53,000 [9][10]

2011 Copa AméricaEdit

The stadium was confirmed as one of seven venues to host the 2011 Copa América in Argentina including the opening game. La Plata ended up hosting a total of six matches.

Date Time
(UTC-03)
Team 1 Result Team 2 Round
July 1, 2011 21:45   Argentina 1–1   Bolivia Group A
July 3, 2011 16:00   Brazil 0–0   Venezuela Group B
July 12, 2011 21:45   Uruguay 1–0   Mexico Group C
July 17, 2011 16:00   Brazil 0–0 (0–2 p.)   Paraguay Quarterfinals
July 19, 2011 21:45   Peru 0–2   Uruguay Semifinals
July 31, 2011 16:00   Peru 4–1   Venezuela Third Place Final

The Rugby ChampionshipEdit

The stadium has also hosted a number of rugby matches between the Argentina and the New Zealand as part of The Rugby Championship, which Argentina joined in 2012.

Date Time
(UTC-03)
Team 1 Result Team 2 Round Attendance
September 29, 2012 20:10   Argentina
15–54
  New Zealand Round 5 53,000
September 28, 2013 19:40   Argentina
15–33
  New Zealand Round 5 40,207
September 27, 2014 19:10   Argentina
13–34
  New Zealand Round 5 37,000

PanoramaEdit

Panorama of the stadium, taken in October 2012

ConcertsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Todo listo para la reinauguración del Estadio Ciudad de La Plata. Los Andes, 17 Feb 2011
  2. ^ a b Homenaje al 10: El Estadio Único de La Plata se llamará Diego Maradona on ESPN, 18 Dec 2020
  3. ^ a b Maradona y una tribuna llevará el nombre de Alejandro Sabella on La Nación, 18 Dec 2020
  4. ^ El Único de La Plata, en la elite de los estadios del planeta fútbol on Infobae (archived, 17 Feb 2011)
  5. ^ Divididos por una cancha by Jesús Cornejo on La Nación, 2003
  6. ^ "La Plata: la otra catedral del rock". Clarín.
  7. ^ Argentina - International Matches in Era Bielsa 1999-2004
  8. ^ Argentina 2-2 Uruguay match summary on ESPN
  9. ^ Argentina - International Matches in Era Sabella 2011-2014
  10. ^ Argentina le ganó a Eslovenia en el último amistoso rumbo al Mundial on La Voz, 7 Jun 2014
  11. ^ Serrat en La Plata on El Dia, 5 March 2004
  12. ^ Los Piojos despiden el año on Rolling Stone Argentina
  13. ^ El rock recuperó parte de su convocatoria on Rio Negro

External linksEdit

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