Estadio Universitario Alberto "Chivo" Córdoba

Estadio Universitario Alberto "Chivo" Córdoba is a multi-use stadium in Toluca, Mexico on the campus of the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México. The stadium seats 32,603 and is used mostly for football matches.

Estadio Universitario Alberto "Chivo" Córdoba
Estadio Universitario de la UAEMex Alberto "Chivo" Córdoba.jpg
Estadio Universitario as seen from Cerro del Coatepec
LocationToluca, Mexico State
OwnerUAEM
Capacity32,603[1]
SurfaceGrass
Opened5 November 1964
Tenants
Potros UAEM (1970–present)
Potros Salvajes UAEM [es] (1981–present)
Deportivo Toluca F.C. (2016)

HistoryEdit

Construction of the stadium began between 1957 and 1958 as a municipal facility for the city of Toluca, with a formal opening on 5 November 1964. It is named for Alberto "Chivo" Córdoba, who coached the UAEM American football team. In the early 1970s, the UAEM made its first entrance into professional soccer with the first Potros team, which played for a number of years and managed a promotion but was shuttered due to poor economic support.[2]

Between 1974 and 1976, the mural Aratmósfera was painted on the west side stands by Leopoldo Flores. It depicts a man reaching toward the sky to touch light.[3] The mural resulted in Spanish news site 20minutos naming the stadium as one of the 10 most original in the world.[4] The mural was also featured in a commemorative stamp issued as part of a series celebrating the 50th anniversary of the construction of the campus.[5]

In 2005, the eastern stands were covered and converted to seats. In 2016, upon Potros's promotion to Ascenso MX, the stadium was renovated to meet requirements for the new division, including the addition of a press room and a higher-power lighting system.[6]

In 2017, the Mexican Football Federation informed Potros that, as Estadio Universitario is not an all-seater (there are no seats on the mural), it would not be able to be promoted to Liga MX and continue to play matches there, even though Liga MX matches have been played at the venue in the recent past and other venues in the league are not all-seaters.[7]

TenantsEdit

University teamsEdit

From its opening, teams associated with the UAEM have used the facility for American football and soccer matches. Aside from the soccer team, ONEFA Liga Mayor American football debuted at the UAEM for the 1982 season.[8]

Deportivo Toluca FCEdit

During the reconstruction of the Estadio Nemesio Díez, Toluca's top-flight soccer club, Deportivo Toluca F.C., played its home matches at Estadio Universitario for over a year.[9] This period was longer than the club expected; while plans were to return to Nemesio Díez in September 2016, these were scrapped.[10] Fans complained of long lines and traffic tie-ups during this period.[11]

See alsoEdit

Coordinates: 19°17′6.56″N 99°40′34.07″W / 19.2851556°N 99.6761306°W / 19.2851556; -99.6761306

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 27 September 2016. Retrieved 27 September 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Rivas, Octavio (21 January 2014). "Proyecta UAEMEX equipo de Ascenso". ESPN. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  3. ^ UAEM (February 2014). "Editorial" (PDF). Perfiles HT. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Los 10 estadios de fútbol mas originales del mundo". 20minutos. 12 December 2013. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  5. ^ Diario Oficial de la Federación, 1 December 2016
  6. ^ Ortiz, Héctor (15 July 2016). "Legado artístico para el Ascenso MX". Milenio. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Potros UAEM reclama derecho al ascenso". Universo Deportivo. 24 July 2017. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  8. ^ Lara, Juan Carlos (14 March 2017). "Honor y tributo a los Potros Salvajes de la Uaem". Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  9. ^ Lázzeri, Héctor (19 May 2017). "El Toluca extraña el viejo Nemesio Diez". Marca. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  10. ^ Meléndez, Juane (11 September 2016). "Toluca seguirá jugando sus partidos en el "Chivo" Córdoba". Fútbol Sapiens. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  11. ^ Andrés Díaz, José (14 August 2016). "Aficionados diablos, incómodos en el Chivo Córdoba". Mediotiempo. Retrieved 25 November 2017.