Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium
Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium (Spanish: Estadio Juan Ramón Loubriel) is a soccer-specific stadium located in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. It is best known as the former home of the Puerto Rico Islanders of the North American Soccer League and current home of the Bayamón FC of the Liga Puerto Rico. The stadium can seat up to 12,500 people. It has easy access the metro station known as "Deportivo Station."
Front view of the stadium
|Full name||Estadio Juan Ramón Loubriel|
|Address||Route 2, intersection with Route 5|
|Location||Cerro Gordo, Bayamón, Puerto Rico|
|Owner||Municipio de Bayamón|
|Operator||Municipio de Bayamón|
|Record attendance||12,993 – Puerto Rico Islanders vs. LA Galaxy|
(August 4, 2010)
|Field size||105 × 68 m|
|Puerto Rico men's national football team|
Puerto Rico women's national football team
Vaqueros de Bayamón (PRBL) (1974–2003)
Cangrejeros de Santurce (PRBL) (late 80s)
Puerto Rico Islanders (NASL) (2004–2012)
Puerto Rico FC (NASL) (2016–2017)
Bayamón FC (2019-)
La Meca of Puerto Rican FootballEdit
In 2003 with the Vaqueros folding, the stadium seemed doomed to be relegated to a youth stadium or to demolition, but late that same year the stadium became home of the Puerto Rico Islanders. Its "L" shaped stands were not suited for the sport and it originally had an awkward feel to it since the stand behind the goal angles away from the pitch.
Another name that has been used for the stadium is "La Islandera" since it was the home of the Islanders.
It was home to Bayamon FC, a professional football team in the Puerto Rico Soccer League now playing in the Bayamon Soccer Complex, And Sevilla Bayamon FC, now called Sevilla-FC Juncos, they moved to Juncos.
It has also played host to the CFU Club Championship Group C in 2006, where the Islanders played but lost to Trinidad and Tobago, W Connection 0-1 and the Puerto Rico MLS-USL Challenge in 2007, and two 2010 World Cup qualifying matches against the Dominican Republic and Honduras.
Renovation in 2012Edit
The renovations to the stadium have been made to upgrade a stadium created for baseball to be soccer-specific. The stadium will also have new dressing rooms and bathrooms and the replacement of some seating. There will also be some temporary bleachers until the addition for new seating is completed later. Lighting has also been adjusted to be more uniform across the field.
The remodeling of the stadium will be done in several stages, with a total cost of $7 million.
A new team, a new home (2015-2017)Edit
Hurricane damage to the stadium (2017)Edit
On September 26, 1992 the heavy metal band Iron Maiden played on their Fear of the Dark Tour. First time Iron Maiden visit Puerto Rico.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium.|
- "Juan Ramón Loubriel: deportista y educador". DialogoUPR.com. Retrieved November 5, 2016.
- "Estadio Juan Ramón Loubriel - Bayamón, Puerto Rico" (in Spanish). Puerto Rico Islanders. 2008-08-23. Retrieved 2008-08-26.
- "First Stage of Renovations for Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium Close to Complete". IM Soccer News. July 26, 2012. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
- "Remodelacion millonaria - Bayamón, Puerto Rico" (in Spanish). The sport press. 2012-02-04. Retrieved 2012-02-07.
- Torres, Publicado por Javier. "Puerto Rico empata ante Argentina" (in Spanish).