Estadio Nacional Chile

Estadio Nacional Chile

Estadio Nacional Chile Santiago Estadio Nacional de Chile, officially called Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos, officially opened on the 3rd of December 1938 with a friendly match between Colo Colo and Brazilian side São Christóvão (6-2).In 1955, the stadium was the site of a stadium disaster when 9 people died in a stampede during an international between Chile and Argentina.Estadio Nacional got remodelled and expanded in the early 1960s in preparation for the 1962 World Cup, for which the stadium would serve as the centrepiece.During the World Cup the stadium hosted all matches in Chile’s group 2, one quarter-final, the semi-final between Brazil and Chile (4-2), the match for third place, and the final between Brazil and Czechoslovakia (3-1).Few changes were made to the stadium in the decades following until the stadium underwent a major renovation in 2009. This renovation included the replacement of all seats and an upgrade of various facilities.Initially it was also planned to install a roof, but this was postponed after an earthquake struck the country early 2010. The remodelled stadium officially reopened in September 2010.Estadio Nacional de Chile is owned by the municipality of Ñuñoa, and it used for most home matches of the Chilean national team.It also gets used by Club Universidad de Chile for most of its home matches, though the club has the intention to build a new club-owned stadium in the upcoming years and has recently been moving away quite a few home matches to Estadio Santa Laura Universidad (also because Estadio Nacional is regularly unavailable).Carlos Villanueva

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