Estadio Gigante de Arroyito

The Estadio Gigante de Arroyito (Spanish pronunciation: [xiˈɣante ðe aroˈʝito]) is a stadium in the city of Rosario, Argentina. It is owned by club Rosario Central, serving as home venue for football matches.[2] The Argentina national football team has played there several times.

Estadio Gigante de Arroyito
Gigante
2009 Argentina-Brasil en el Gigante.jpg
The stadium in 2009
AddressCordiviola 1100
Rosario
Argentina
OwnerRosario Central
OperatorRosario Central
TypeStadium
Genre(s)Sporting events, Concerts
Capacity45,465 [1]
Field size105 x 70 m
SurfaceGrass
Construction
OpenedNovember 14, 1926; 96 years ago (1926-11-14)
Renovated1957, 1963, 1968 and 1974–1978
Tenants
Website
rosariocentral.com/elgigante

The stadium was named after the Arroyito neighborhood where it is placed. Officially inaugurated on November 14, 1926,[3][4] the stadium has a capacity of 45,500 spectators. Besides, Gigante de Arroyito was one of the venues for the 1978 FIFA World Cup and 1987 Copa América, both hosted by Argentina.

HistoryEdit

When the club broke ties with the Central Argentine Railway, the British company took back the land where Rosario Central had its Parada Castellanos field. As a result, the club had to search a place where to build a new stadium. Meanwhile, the team played their home venues at Club Bolsa de Comercio. By the end of 1925, the Municipality granted Rosario Central concession of a land in the Arroyito neighborhood for a term of 20 years. The land was placed on Génova and Cordiviola streets, and the club built its new stadium there.[1]

 
The recently inaugurated venue in 1926

The first match at the stadium in Arroyito was a Copa Nicasio Vila (the main football competition in Rosario) match against arch-rival Newell's Old Boys, on November 14, 1926.[4] In December 1927, the Municipality of Rosario set a term of 20 years for the concession. During that year, the club built a concrete grandstand with capacity for 7,000, increasing its total capacity to 36,000. The refurbished and complete stadium was inaugurated in October 1927, when Rosario Central played a friendly vs Uruguayan club Peñarol. The old official grandstand was refurbished in 1939 and definitely replaced in 1948. Nowadays, the lower seats are placed there.[1]

By 1946, the club acquired a 38,000 m2 land on Iriondo and Pellegrini streets to build a new stadium due to the concession was about to expire. Nevertheless, Rosario Central reached an agreement with the Municipality, giving the council that land acquired in exchange for the land where the club had built its stadium in 1926.[1]

 
Postcard depicting the Gigante in 1978

In 1974, the Gigante stadium was chosen as venue for the 1978 FIFA World Cup. The National Reorganization Process (military government led by Jorge Rafael Videla) created an autarchic entity ("EAM") to take over refurbishment and constructions of stadiums to host the matches, among other duties related to the event.[5] The EAM built the upper grandstands and lower seats of the Gigante, but costs had to be incurred by the club. Subsecquent depreciations of local currencies, resulted in much higher final costs than original estimations.[1]

After works for the World Cup, the stadium increased its capacity to 41,465.[1] Three matches of group 2 (with Tunisia, Mexico and Poland) and all three second-round games of the Argentina national team in the World Cup (where the squad beat Poland and Peru) were played in the Gigante.[6]

In 1987, the stadium was one of the Copa América venues, hosting all the group C (Paraguay, Bolivia and Colombia) matches. In September 2009, the Gigante hosted one 2010 World Cup qualification match, when Brazil beat Argentina 3–1.[7][8] The Gigante stadium had been proposed as venue by request of then Argentina manager Diego Maradona[9] (and then approved by FIFA).[10]

The stadium also hosted two The Rugby Championship matches played by Argentina, in 2012[11][12] and 2013.[13]

Sporting eventsEdit

1978 FIFA World CupEdit

During the 1978 FIFA World Cup, the stadium hosted six matches, three Group 2 (first stage) matches and three more during second round.

Date Round Group Team 1 Score Team 2
2 Jun
1
2   Tunisia
3–1
  Mexico
6 Jun   Poland
1–0
  Tunisia
10 Jun   Poland
3–1
  Mexico
14 Jun
2
B   Argentina
2–0
  Poland
18 Jun   Argentina
0–0
  Brazil
21 Jun   Argentina
6–0
  Peru

1987 Copa AméricaEdit

The stadium hosted three Group C matches in the 1987 Copa América held in Argentina:

Date Round Group Team 1 Score Team 2
28 Jun
1
C   Paraguay
0–0
  Bolivia
1 Jul
1
C   Colombia
2–0
  Bolivia
5 Jul
1
C   Colombia
3–0
  Paraguay

Rugby unionEdit

Rosario Central Stadium has hosted several rugby union games of the Argentina national team.

Date Event Home team Score Away team Ref.
7 Jun 2008 Scotland tour of Argentina   Argentina
21–15
  Scotland [14]
6 Oct 2012 2012 Rugby Championship   Argentina
19–25
  Australia [11]
5 Oct 2013 2013 Rugby Championship   Argentina
17–54
  Australia [13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f El Gigante on Club Rosario Central
  2. ^ "Gigante de Arroyito". ESPNscrum. ESPN EMEA. Retrieved 20 September 2012.
  3. ^ Programa Oficial CARC N° 2, 14 Nov 2014
  4. ^ a b "El día que Rosario Central pasó a ser de Arroyito" by Leonardo Volpe on HFR, 21 Nov 2010
  5. ^ Los 12 escándalos más famosos de la Copa del Mundo on Mundo Soccer
  6. ^ 1978 World Cup - Argentina on FIFA.com
  7. ^ La alegría fue brasileña match report on ESPN, 5 Sep, 2009
  8. ^ Brasil conquista la casa de Messi on Marca, 6 Sep 2009
  9. ^ Maradona presiona para que se juegue en Rosario on VOA Noticias, 20 Jul 2009
  10. ^ La FIFA aprobó al Gigante de Arroyito, El Argentino, 21 Jul 2009
  11. ^ a b Rosario y Mendoza recibirán a Los Pumas, El Litoral
  12. ^ Los Pumas reciben a Australia on La Voz, 6 Oct 2012
  13. ^ a b Wallabies humble Pumas in Rosario on ESPN – October 6, 2013
  14. ^ Memoria y Balance 2008 at UAR

External linksEdit

Preceded by
(various venues in
Germany)
FIFA World Cup
1978
Succeeded by
(various venues in
Spain)
Preceded by
(no fixed venue)
Copa América
1987
Succeeded by
(various venues in
Brazil)
Preceded by South American Games
Main Venue

1982
Succeeded by

Coordinates: 32°54′50.39″S 60°40′28.44″W / 32.9139972°S 60.6745667°W / -32.9139972; -60.6745667