Estadio Jesús Bermúdez

The Estadio Jesús Bermúdez is a multi-purpose stadium in Oruro, Bolivia. It is currently used mostly for football matches and athletics. The stadium has a capacity of 33,000 people, and is the home stadium of GV San José of the Bolivian Primera División and Club San José.[1]

Estadio Jesús Bermúdez
Address3V3Q+F9R, Avenida Segundo Encinas
LocationOruro, Bolivia
Coordinates17°56′46.36″S 67°6′41.63″W / 17.9462111°S 67.1115639°W / -17.9462111; -67.1115639
Opened1955 (1955)
GV San José
Club San José

History edit

The stadium was opened in 1955.[2] It is named after Jesús Bermúdez, the first goalkeeper of the Bolivia national team. The stadium hosted two games in the 1975 Copa América and the third place match of the 1997 Copa América.

On February 20, 2013, a 14-year-old Club San José fan, Kevin Beltrán Spada, was killed during a 2013 Copa Libertadores match against Corinthians at the stadium after being hit in the face by a flare launched by a 17-year-old Corinthians fan, who was later sentenced to community service in Brazil.[3]

An investigation concluded that he died after a plastic tubular flare landed directly in his eye and “penetrated his skull”, killing him instantly.[3][4][5] CONMEBOL initially ruled that Corinthians would play behind closed doors for the next 60 days as a result of the incident,[6][7] but later reduced the ban to one home match, a $200,000 fine, and no Corinthians fans at away games for 18 months.[8][9]

References edit

  1. ^ "Estadio Jesús Bermúdez - Club San Jose". Retrieved 2020-10-13.
  2. ^ "ESTADIO JESÚS BERMÚDEZ". Soccerway. Retrieved 14 October 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Bolivia boy killed by flare allegedly launched by Corinthians fans". The Guardian. February 21, 2013. Retrieved February 21, 2013.
  4. ^ "Bolivian boy killed by flare at Copa Libertadores game". 2013-02-21. Retrieved 2020-10-13.
  5. ^ "17-year-old Brazilian fan confesses to setting off flare that killed Bolivian boy in stadium". Fox News. 2015-03-25. Retrieved 2020-10-13.
  6. ^ "Teen confesses setting off flare that killed boy". AP NEWS. 25 February 2013. Retrieved 12 October 2019.
  7. ^ "Corinthians fans barred after flare death". FourFourTwo. 22 February 2013. Retrieved 13 October 2020.
  8. ^ "Relief for Corinthians as home fan ban reduced". FourFourTwo. 8 March 2013. Retrieved 13 October 2020.
  9. ^ "Corinthians fans set for release from Bolivian jail". Sportskeeda. 27 July 2013. Retrieved 11 October 2020.