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The Estadio Nemesio Díez, nicknamed La Bombonera, is one of the oldest football stadiums in Mexico. Opened on August 8, 1954, with a capacity of 30,000 seats, it is located in the city of Toluca, Mexico, near Mexico City. It is the home of Deportivo Toluca Fútbol Club. Because of its location this stadium has hosted two World Cups (1970 and 1986). The stadium sits at an altitude of roughly 8,750 feet (2,670 m) above sea level, one of the highest altitude stadiums in North America.[2] A former nuance about this stadium is that it did not have a lighting system, which forced the local team as a tradition to play at noon.

Estadio Nemesio Díez
"La Bombonera"
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LocationToluca, Mexico
OwnerToluca
OperatorToluca
Capacity30,000[1]
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Broke ground1953
OpenedAugust 8, 1954
Renovated2015-2017
Tenants
Toluca (1954–Present)

The stadium was previously known as: Estadio Toluca 70-86, Estadio Toluca 70, Estadio Luis Gutiérrez Dosal and Estadio Héctor Barraza.[3]

HistoryEdit

During the 1940s and 1950s, Toluca played its home games at a ground near downtown Toluca known then as Tivoli. Later, wooden stands were built in the ground and it was named Campo Patria. On that same spot, in 1953, the club started building its own stadium.[4]

The stadium was inaugurated on Sunday 8 August 1954, with a match between Toluca and Yugoslavian team Dinamo Zagreb. The game was won by Dinamo 4–1. The only goal for Toluca and also the first in the history of the stadium was scored by Enrique Sesma.

Initially, the stadium was opened as Estadio Club Deportivo Toluca. That name lasted until 1955, when it was changed to Estadio Héctor Barraza. Other names the stadium has had are: Estadio Luis Gutiérrez Dosal (1959–1970), Estadio Toluca 70 (1970–1986), Estadio Toluca 70–86 (1986–2000).

After the death of Nemesio Díez, president and then owner of the club, in June 2000, the stadium name was changed to Estadio Nemesio Díez.[5]

Renovation (2015–2017)Edit

With an investment of 800 million MXN (about 40 million USD), the announcement to remodel The Nemesio Diez stadium by 2017 was made, when Club Deportivo Toluca celebrates its centenary and does so with a remodeled and more functional stadium.

Within the Nemesio Diez, four macro support columns that will sustain the stadium structure will be built to replace the current columns obstructing visibility. In the shadow stands, a second level will be built so the capacity, which currently stands at 22,000 will increase to 30,000.

The project also includes four giant screens at each end of the building, replacement of all seats and a sunroof in the preferred (shaded) section, to assist in the process of maintaining the natural grass in the field.

The remodeled stadium officially opened on January 15, 2017 with a league match against Club America. The first goal was scored by Gabriel Hauche for Toluca with a screamer outside of the box. Toluca FC won that match 2-1.

The stadium was completed in the summer 2017 where it had been confirmed that the club would play against Atlético Madrid for the official inauguration of the remodeled stadium.[6]

MatchesEdit

1970 FIFA World CupEdit

Date Time Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Attendance
3 June 1970 16:00   Italy 1–0   Sweden Group 2 13,433[7]
7 June 1970 12:00   Sweden 1–1   Israel Group 2 9,624[8]
11 June 1970 16:00   Italy 0–0   Israel Group 2 9,890[9]
14 June 1970 12:00   Mexico 1–4   Italy Quarter-finals 26,851

1986 FIFA World CupEdit

Date Time Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Attendance
4 June 1986 12:00   Paraguay 1–0   Iraq Group B 24,000[10]
8 June 1986 12:00   Iraq 1–2   Belgium Group B 20,000[11]
11 June 1986 12:00   Paraguay 2–2   Belgium Group B 16,000[12]

Mexico national football teamEdit

Date Result Competition
27 October 1976 Mexico   0–0   Canada 1977 CONCACAF Championship qualification
8 April 1980 Mexico   5–1   Honduras Friendly
29 April 1980 Mexico   2–2   Guatemala Friendly
14 December 1985 Mexico   2–0   Hungary Mexico Cup 1985
6 October 1987 Mexico   4–0   Canada Friendly
13 October 2015 Mexico   1–0   Panama Friendly

Recognition and awardsEdit

Runner-up of the public vote "Stadium of the Year 2017" – Stadium DB.[13]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Estadio". TolucaFC.com (in Spanish).
  2. ^ "Tall task in Toluca: Sporting preps for highest-elevation match in club history". MLS. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Estadio Nemesio Díez" (in Spanish). H. Ayuntamiento de Toluca. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Cumple 65 años el Nemesio Diez". El Sol de Toluca (in Spanish). 8 August 2019. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  5. ^ "¿Quién fue Nemesio Diez?". AS.com (in Spanish). 6 November 2017. Retrieved 8 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Toluca celebrará Centenario contra el Atlético de Madrid". Mediotiempo.com (in Spanish). 4 April 2017.
  7. ^ "Match report Italy - Sweden". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Match report Sweden - Israel". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Match report Italy - Israel". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  10. ^ "Match report Paraguay - Iraq". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  11. ^ "Match report Iraq - Belgium". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  12. ^ "Match report Paraguay - Belgium". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  13. ^ "Stadium of the Year 2017". Stadium DB. Retrieved July 23, 2018.

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