Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes
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The Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes, formerly known as Estadio Córdoba and popularly Estadio Olímpico Chateau Carreras, is a stadium in the Chateau Carreras neighborhood of Córdoba, Argentina. It is used mostly for association football matches and also sometimes for athletics.
|Former names||Estadio Olímpico de Córdoba|
|Location||Chateau Carreras district, Córdoba, Argentina|
|Field size||105 x 70 m|
|Opened||May 16, 1978|
|Talleres de Córdoba |
Club Atlético Belgrano (some games)
Argentina national football team (some games)
The stadium was built in 1976 in preparation for the 1978 World Cup, with a capacity for 46,083 spectators although it doesn't provide seating for all of them, like many Argentine stadiums.
Most football teams in Córdoba have their own stadiums but they usually prefer playing in this stadium for its size and comfort, especially when playing important games that attract big crowds. Generally, this stadium is used for Talleres' matches, and is used for Belgrano's, Instituto's and Racing's matches. The Argentina national football team home matches have also been played here.
During 2010 and 2011 the stadium went through a remodelling process. The field was sunken 4 meters, the iconic Autotrol scoreboards installed for the 1978 World Cup were replaced with modern video screens, new bleachers were built in order to improve the poor view caused by the shallow shape of the stadium and the capacity was increased to 57,000, becoming the second largest stadium in Argentina by seating capacity. It was re-opened on June 26, 2011, just 5 days before the start of the 2011 Copa America. The stands were fully covered after the cup.
|Date||Round||Group||Team 1||Vs.||Team 2|
|June 6||1||2||West Germany||6–0||Mexico|
|June 10||1||2||West Germany||0–0||Tunisia|
|June 18||2||A||West Germany||2–2||Netherlands|
|June 21||2||A||Austria||3–2||West Germany|
Mario Kempes Stadium also hosted three Group B matches and a semifinal during the 1987 Copa America; five group stage matches, two matches during round of 16, one more for quarter finals and a semi final for the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship; and for the 2011 Copa America Cordoba was venue for two Group B, one Group A matches and held a quarter final. Argentina national rugby union team, Los Pumas, has played several test matches here and the Cordoba Rugby Union has used the stadium for defining instances of its annual championship.
The 1982 World Boxing Association world Super-Bantamweight title fight between champion Sergio Palma and former WBA world Bantamweight champion Jorge Lujan, won by Palma on a fifteen round unanimous decision, was held at this stadium.
The Mario Alberto Kempes Stadium is the center of a 40 hectares park and sports complex that includes the Soledad García Provincial Field Hockey Stadium, opened in 2012, that honors the two times world champion Soledad García; an Olympic-size swimming pool, opened in 2014 and named after the olympic medallist Georgina Bardach; an auxiliar field, located north of the main stadium, that hosts training and smaller football and rugby events; a BMX circuit, a running track, and basketball, volleyball and tennis facilities.
|MEX||Luis Miguel||1982 / 1992 / 1994 / 1996 / 1997 / 1999 / 2003 / 2008|
|ARG||Sumo||1986 / 1987 / 1988|
|ARG||Soda Stereo||1987 / 1990 / 1991 / 2007|
|Puerto Rico||Ricky Martin||1995|
|ARG||La Renga||2003 / 2008|
|ESP||Joaquín Sabina y Joan Manuel Serrat||2007|
|ARG||Los Fabulosos Cadillacs||2008|
|MEX||Maná||2007 / 2011|
|Guatemala||Ricardo Arjona||2009 / 2012 / 2014|
|Puerto Rico||Calle 13||2011|
|URU||No Te Va Gustar||2013|
Media related to Estadio Córdoba at Wikimedia Commons
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