Estadio Alberto Gallardo

  (Redirected from Estadio San Martín de Porres)

Estadio Alberto Gallardo is a football stadium in the Rimac District of Lima, Peru, named after Alberto Gallardo, a former Peruvian football player and manager who played several years for Sporting Cristal. It is the home of football club Sporting Cristal. The stadium was built in the 1960s along the Rímac River for local football use and originally named Estadio San Martín de Porres. Many clubs playing in the Primera División, Segunda División, and district leagues of San Martín de Porres were among the many tenants the stadium had. In 1995, Sporting Cristal—one of the regular first division tenants of the stadium—decided to lease the venue from the Instituto Peruano del Deporte. The club recently signed a new lease contract for 10 years and will expire in 2022. The stadium itself has hosted few high-risk matches due to the limited access to the stadium and the low capacity of 20,000.

Estadio Alberto Gallardo
Full nameEstadio Alberto Gallardo
LocationLima, Peru
OwnerInstituto Peruano del Deporte
OperatorSporting Cristal
Sporting Cristal


The football stadium was built in the 1960s for the practice of association football in Lima. The venue was regularly used for matches in the Segunda División and the district leagues of Lima. In 1979, Sporting Cristal began to host its home matches in the San Martín de Porres and again in 1983. In the middle of 1995, Sporting Cristal signed an agreement with the Instituto Peruano de Deportes which would lease the stadium to the club. The club then invested $200 thousand in the stadium for renovations which included grass imported from the Netherlands. On 24 September 1995, the stadium re-opened its doors to a first division match between Sporting Cristal and Cienciano, where Cristal defeated Cienciano 6–0.

The stadium has a total capacity of 20,000 spectators in its four stands. However, the southern stand overlooks the cliff of the Rímac River. This stand is often not open to the public. The restriction of this stand has prevented high-risk matches from being hosted in recent times, notably against rivals Alianza Lima and Universitario de Deportes which are customarily played in the Estadio Nacional. In 2010, Sporting Cristal took advantage of the ongoing renovation of the Estadio Nacional to play rivals Alianza and Universitario in their home stadium. In May 2012, Sporting Cristal was able to legally change the name of the stadium from Estadio San Martín de Porres to Estadio Alberto Gallardo, which is the name of an iconic former player of the club following the signing of the new ten-year lease.[citation needed]

International MatchesEdit

Official International Games

Date Match Tournament
07/03/2000   Sporting Cristal 3 - 0 Atlético Colegiales   2000 Copa Libertadores
19/04/2000   Sporting Cristal 0 - 2 América de Cali   2000 Copa Libertadores
10/08/2000   Sporting Cristal 2-2 Emelec   2000 Copa Merconorte
30/08/2000   Sporting Cristal 2-1 C.F. Pachuca   2000 Copa Merconorte
14/09/2000   Sporting Cristal 5-1 Oriente Petrolero   2000 Copa Merconorte
01/03/2001   Sporting Cristal 0-1 Club Sport Emelec   2001 Copa Libertadores
18/04/2001   Sporting Cristal 3-2 Club Olimpia   2001 Copa Libertadores
12/09/2001   Sporting Cristal 2-1 Sporting Kansas City   2001 Copa Merconorte
23/10/2001   Sporting Cristal 2-1 Club Santos Laguna   2001 Copa Merconorte
22/11/2001   Sporting Cristal 2-2 Barcelona   2001 Copa Merconorte
11/04/2002   Sporting Cristal 0- 1 Monarcas Morelia   2002 Copa Libertadores
08/03/2006   Sporting Cristal 2-1 Bolivar   Copa Libertadores
29/01/2009   Sporting Cristal 2-1 Estudiantes de La Plata   Copa Libertadores
24/03/2011   Peru 0-3 France   Friendly Sub-20


  1. ^ "Estadio Alberto Gallardo". soccerway. Retrieved 18 August 2017.

Coordinates: 12°02′17″S 77°02′42″W / 12.038°S 77.045°W / -12.038; -77.045