Estadio El Teniente

Estadio El Teniente, also known as Estadio El Teniente-Codelco for sponsorship reasons, is a multi-purpose stadium in Rancagua, Chile. It is currently used mostly for football matches. The stadium can fit 14,087 people and was built in 1945 with the name Braden Copper Company Stadium (Estadio Braden Copper Co.). The stadium is home to football club O'Higgins, which is based in Rancagua.[3]

Estadio El Teniente-Codelco
Templo de las Ilusiones (Temple of Illusions)
El Mundialista de Rancagua (The World Cup Stadium of Rancagua)
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The stadium in October 2014.
Full nameEstadio El Teniente-Codelco[1]
Former namesEstadio Braden Copper Co. (1947–1971)
Estadio Parque El Teniente (1971–2014)
LocationRancagua, Chile
Coordinates34°10′40″S 70°44′15″W / 34.17778°S 70.73750°W / -34.17778; -70.73750Coordinates: 34°10′40″S 70°44′15″W / 34.17778°S 70.73750°W / -34.17778; -70.73750
OperatorCodelco El Teniente
Executive suites750 seats
Field size105 x 68 m
SurfaceGrass (natural)
ScoreboardDigital (LED)
Broke ground1 June 1945
Built1945–1947 (2 years)
Renovated1995, 2013–14
Reopened6 March 2014
Construction cost$9,900,000
ArchitectGerardo Marambio
Claudio Aceituno
Pablo Allende
Pedro Pinochet
Project managerIND–Chilestadios
General contractorCerinco
O'Higgins (1955–present)
Audax Italiano (2021–22)
Universidad de Chile (2021)

The stadium hosted seven matches of 1962 FIFA World Cup, where played matches of the group stage and quarter-finals.

In 2013, the stadium was renovated for hosting the 2015 Copa América, to be played in Chile. Two matches of the group stage will be played in this stadium.



The stadium in El Gráfico magazine in 1962.

The stadium, since its construction, was owned by the U.S. copper mining company Braden Copper Company, which operated the mineral-extraction complex "El Teniente".

The designation of the Braden Copper Stadium to host matches in the 1962 FIFA World Cup was due to an emergency. Indeed, the 1960 Valdivia earthquake severely damaged or destroyed facilities in some of the originally-designated host cities of the FIFA World Cup in 1962 including Talca, Concepción, Talcahuano and Valdivia, which caused the original schedule to be discarded and forced its almost complete modification. Further, Antofagasta and Valparaíso were deterred from fulfilling their offers to host because they could not feasibly construct self-funded stadiums, a condition that had been imposed by the Federation due to its own lack of resources. However, given the bleak outlook for the organization, the U.S. mining interests allowed the use of their stadium in Rancagua.

The old stadium in a match against Cobreloa.

Nationalisation of copperEdit

The Government of Chile acquired in 1967 51% of the shares of Braden Copper Co., as part of the general nationalization of copper, which concluded in 1971. Therefore, the ownership and management of the "Estadio Braden Copper" passed to the state-owned corporation Codelco Chile, which led to the name change to the current one.

New stadiumEdit

On May 21, 2008, the then-president Michelle Bachelet announced the "Red de Estadios para el Bicentenario", a programme in which w new stadiums were built and upgrades planned for others, among which was the Estadio El Teniente. However, remodeling El Teniente was not executed during the term of Bachelet, although this was projected, due to the 2010 Chilean earthquake.[4]

On September 2, 2012, President Sebastian Piñera announced in Rancagua the final draft of the plans for remodelling the stadium, which will have a capacity of 15 000 spectators.[5] Construction began on February 19, 2013, and delivery is planned for early 2014.[6]

The Asociación Nacional de Fútbol Profesional (ANFP) announced in December 2012 that El Teniente had been selected to host the 2015 Copa América, along with Santiago, Antofagasta, La Serena, Valparaíso, Viña del Mar, Concepción and Temuco. Host venue contested with the city of Talca, however Rancagua was chosen due to its closer proximity to the Chilean capital.[7]

Inaugural matchEdit

In the inaugural match, O'Higgins played against Lanús for the week 6 of the 2014 Copa Libertadores. The final result was 0–0, marking the elimination of the club from the competition, as they needed a victory to advance to the next round.[8]

8 April 2014 2014 Copa Libertadores
Week 6
O'Higgins 0–0 Lanús Rancagua, Chile
22:00 Calandria   86' Report Stadium: El Teniente
Attendance: 10,651
Referee: Wilton Sampaio (Brasil)

Sectors of the stadiumEdit

The stadium has 5 sectors since her renovation, the Palco has 375 seats, and the totality of the other four sectors are 13,464.

  • Angostura (North Side)
  • Marquesina (West Side)
  • Andes (East Side)
  • Rengo (South Side)
  • Palco (VIP suite)
Map of the sectors of the stadium

1962 World CupEdit

The Estadio El Teniente hosted seven games during the 1962 FIFA World Cup, every game of Group 4 and a quarterfinal.

Teams which played in this stadium for the 1962 FIFA World Cup:


Group 4Edit

Argentina  1–0  Bulgaria
Facundo   4' Report
El Teniente, Rancagua
Attendance: 7,134
Referee: Juan Gardeazábal Garay (Spain)

Hungary  2–1  England
Tichy   17'
Albert   61'
Report Flowers   60' (pen.)
El Teniente, Rancagua
Attendance: 7,938

England  3–1  Argentina
Flowers   17' (pen.)
Charlton   42'
Greaves   67'
Report Sanfilippo   81'
El Teniente, Rancagua
Attendance: 9,794

Hungary  6–1  Bulgaria
Albert   1', 6', 53'
Tichy   8', 70'
Solymosi   12'
Report Sokolov   64'[9]
El Teniente, Rancagua
Attendance: 7,442
Referee: Juan Gardeazábal Garay (Spain)

Hungary  0–0  Argentina
El Teniente, Rancagua
Attendance: 7,945
Referee: Arturo Yamasaki Maldonado (Peru)

England  0–0  Bulgaria
Estadio El Teniente, Rancagua
Attendance: 5,700
Referee: Antoine Blavier (Belgium)


Czechoslovakia  1–0  Hungary
Scherer   13' Report
El Teniente, Rancagua
Attendance: 11,690

Chile national football team matchesEdit

The Estadio El Teniente has hosted four games of the Chile national football team, against New Zealand in 2006, Guatemala in 2008, and the United States in 2015, as well as a pre-2015 Copa América friendly match against El Salvador.[10]

Chile  4–1  New Zealand
Suazo   36'
Christie   39' (o.g.)
Roco   61'
Rubio   67'
Report Smeltz   14'
El Teniente, Rancagua
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Jorge Osorio (Chile)

Chile  2–0  Guatemala
Sánchez   1', 35' Report
El Teniente, Rancagua
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: Antonio Arias (Paraguay)

Chile  3–2  United States
R. Gutiérrez   10'
Mark González   66', 75'
Report Shea   6'
Altidore   31'
El Teniente, Rancagua
Attendance: 12,420
Referee: Patricio Loustau (Argentina)

Chile  1–0  El Salvador
Valdivia   14' Report
El Teniente, Rancagua
Attendance: 12,500

Chile  2–3  Costa Rica
Vegas   70'
Sánchez   90'
Report Waston   36', 59'
Matarrita   31'
El Teniente, Rancagua
Attendance: 9,758

Chile  2–1  Bolivia
Jiménez   12'
Meneses   20'
Report Moreno Martins   18'
El Teniente, Rancagua
Attendance: 0 (COVID-19)
Referee: Juan Gabriel Benítez (Paraguay)

2015 Copa AméricaEdit

The fixture schedule was announced on 11 November 2014, and two games were played in the Estadio El Teniente for the 2015 Copa América, playing here 4 of 12 countries of the tournament. Both matches were part of the group stage.

Teams which played in this stadium for the 2015 Copa América:

Group StageEdit

Group C
Colombia  0–1  Venezuela
Report Rondón   60'
El Teniente, Rancagua
Attendance: 12,387

Group A
Mexico  1–2  Ecuador
Jiménez   63' (pen.) Report Bolaños   25'
Valencia   57'
El Teniente, Rancagua
Attendance: 11,051


Note: This table only includes attendances since the remodeling of the stadium, that was officially opened in July 2014 in a match against Universidad de Chile.

Season Division Average attendance Highest attendance Lowest attendance
2014–15 Campeonato Nacional 6,150 10,636 v Universidad de Chile[11] 0 v Unión La Calera [note] [12]
2015–16 Campeonato Nacional 6,229 13,160 v Universidad de Concepción[13] 3,429 v Huachipato[14]
1.^ ANFP punishment to O'Higgins playing without public one home match by the racism acts to Emilio Rentería in a match on the stadium.[15]

Transport connectionsEdit


Terminal O'Higgins is the principal bus stop of the city, and the stadium is 1.05 miles (1.7 km) away following the Rancagua avenues.

The Tur Bus terminal at Rancagua is 1.55 miles (2.35 km) away of the stadium.

Bus lines (micros) with a stop close to El Teniente are:

  Trans O'Higgins lines:

  • 101, 102 and 103 – Circunvalación
  • 201, 202, and 203 – Isabel Riquelme
  • 301, 302, 303 and 304 – Cachapoal
  • 403 – Manzanal


The stadium is 1.18 miles (1.9 km) away from the Estación Rancagua (Metrotrén).


The city only has the Aeródromo de la Independencia, but receives only the private jets and Chilean Army flights. The nearest international airport is the Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport, in Santiago.



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  2. ^ "Copa América 2015". 28 January 2013.
  3. ^ "Stadiums in Chile". Archived from the original on 17 January 2013. Retrieved 21 September 2011.
  4. ^ "Estadio El Teniente: Por fin se cumplirá el sueño de Rancagua". El, Noticias de Rancagua y O'Higgins.
  5. ^ "Gobierno de Chile". Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Comenzó el proceso de remodelación del estadio El Teniente".
  7. ^ "Rancagua será sede de Copa América". Archived from the original on 2014-04-08. Retrieved 2013-05-01.
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  9. ^ RSSSF credits this goal to Georgi Asparuhov.
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  11. ^ "El Capo tropezó en El Teniente..." Capo de Provincia.
  12. ^ "O'Higgins continuó con los abrazos de año nuevo..." Capo de Provincia.
  13. ^ "Nos volveremos a levantar..." Capo de Provincia.
  14. ^ "O'Higgins vs. Huachipato timeline and statistics".
  15. ^ "ANFP castiga a O'Higgins con un partido a puertas cerradas por insultos racistas a Rentería". Emol.