Estadio José María Minella

The Estadio José María Minella is a stadium in Mar del Plata, Argentina. It is owned and administrated by the Municipality of General Pueyrredón.

Estadio José María Minella
Full nameEstadio José María Minella
LocationMar del Plata, Argentina
Coordinates38°01′04.6″S 57°34′56.4″W / 38.017944°S 57.582333°W / -38.017944; -57.582333Coordinates: 38°01′04.6″S 57°34′56.4″W / 38.017944°S 57.582333°W / -38.017944; -57.582333
OwnerMunicipality of General Pueyrredón
Capacity35,354 [1]
Field size105 x 70 m
OpenedMay 21, 1978
Club Atlético Alvarado


Argentina was chosen as the host 1978 World Cup of the nation by FIFA in London, England on 6 July 1966, and Mar del Plata, as one of the most touristic cities in the country, was selected as a venue. The stadium has the distinction of being the southernmost stadium to host a World Cup match. The organizing committee, under supervision of the military dictatorship that ruled Argentina since 1976, decided to build a new stadium on the same spot as 40 years earlier it had been the Mar del Plata hippodrome. The construction began in 1976 and the stadium was opened on May 21, 1978 with a friendly match between a team formed by players from Mar del Plata and another one with players from Tandil.[1]

The sports journalist Mario Trucco proposed the name to honour José María Minella, a renowned former midfielder from Mar del Plata, who played during the 1930s and 1940s for the Club Atlético River Plate and the Argentina national football team, and later manager of the River Plate team from 1945 to 1959 in what became one of the team's most successful eras.

The Pan America Cauldron was installed for the 12th Pan American Games.

During the 1978 World Cup Mar del Plata hosted six Fifa World Cup matches, three Group 1 and three Group 3 matches.

As the city of Mar del Plata is a very important tourist destination and the biggest seaside beach resort in Argentina, since its construction this stadium has been the main host of the many annual Summer Tournaments.

On February 24, 1993, the stadium played host to the second, and final, Intercontinental Cup for Nations (known as the Artemio Franchi Trophy) match between the then-defending South American football champions, Argentina, and reigning European champions, Denmark. The match ended 1–1 after extra time, but Argentina went on to win 5 – 4 on penalties.

From March 12 to March 26, 1995 Mar del Plata hosted the 12th Pan American Games, and the José María Minella was venue for the opening and closing ceremonies, and the football tournament.

Since 2015 Aldosivi plays on first division and uses this stadium for its home matches, while Club Atlético Alvarado, currently playing on third division, uses it.


The José María Minella offers parking lots for 250 cars, a 590 m2 lounge and 245 m2 VIP area, conference room and two 550 m2 gyms. It is part of the "Teodoro Bronzini" Municipal Sports Park, a 35 hectares area with several sport venues, including the Polideportivo Islas Malvinas, the Julio Polet Municipal Velodrome, the Pan American Field Hockey Stadium, the "Alberto Zorrilla" Natatorium, the "Justo Roman" Athletic stadium and the Patinódromo Municipal.[2]

Sporting EventsEdit

The stadium was built for the 1978 FIFA World Cup and during June 1978 it hosted six matches, three Group 1 matches and three Group 3 matches.

Date Time (UTC−03) Group Team #1 Res. Team #2 Attendance
June 2 13:45 ART Group 1   Italy 2–1   France 42,373
June 3 16:45 ART Group 3   Brazil 1–1   Sweden 32,569
June 6 13:45 ART Group 1   Italy 3–1   Hungary 26,533
June 7 13:45 ART Group 3   Brazil 0–0   Spain 31,278
June 10 14:30 ART[3] Group 1   France 3–1   Hungary 23,127
June 11 13:45 ART Group 3   Brazil 1-0   Austria 35,221

Beside the 1978 FIFA World Cup the José María Minella stadium has hosted:


Some of the artists that have played at this stadium are Almendra (1980), Charly García (1984), Queen (1981), Rod Stewart (1989), Soda Stereo (1992), Luis Miguel (1994), La Renga (2006), Duran Duran (2007), Callejeros (2010), Joaquín Sabina (2010) and Ricardo Arjona (2015).

See alsoEdit


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  3. ^ Original kick-off scheduled for 13:45. Match delayed by 45 minutes due to both teams wearing identical kits (red, white & blue). The French eventually donned the kits of the local team Club Atlético Kimberley Archived 2017-10-17 at the Wayback Machine.
Preceded by
Estadio Panamericano
Pan American Games
Opening and Closing Ceremonies

Succeeded by
Canad Inns Stadium
Preceded by
Hong Kong Stadium
  Hong Kong
Rugby World Cup Sevens

Succeeded by
Hong Kong Stadium
  Hong Kong