Estadio Akron

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Estadio Akron
Estadio Chivas (logo).png
Estadio Omnilife Chivas.jpg
Former names Estadio Omnilife (2010–16)
Estadio Chivas (2016–17)
Location Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico
Coordinates 20°40′54″N 103°27′46″W / 20.68167°N 103.46278°W / 20.68167; -103.46278Coordinates: 20°40′54″N 103°27′46″W / 20.68167°N 103.46278°W / 20.68167; -103.46278
Owner Jorge Vergara
Executive suites 315
Capacity 46,232 (total capacity for football)[1]
Surface Grass
Construction
Broke ground February 2004
Opened July 30, 2010
Construction cost US$200 million[2]
($224 million in 2017 dollars[3])
Architect Concept Design:
Jean Marie Massaud & Daniel Pouzet
Sports Architects:
Populous (formerly HOK Sport)
Architect of Record:
VFO architects
Tenants
Guadalajara (2010–present)

The Estadio Akron, formerly known as the Estadio Omnilife and Estadio Chivas (Estadio Chivas, Spanish pronunciation: [esˈtaðjo ˈtʃiβas]), is a multipurpose stadium that is used mostly for football matches, including home matches for Club Deportivo Guadalajara, commonly known as the "Chivas". It is part of the J.V.C. complex, and has a capacity of 46,232.[4] Construction started in February 2004, but due to financial problems and other issues, the stadium's completion was delayed for a number of years.

The stadium hosted its first major international event with the first leg of the 2010 Finals of the Copa Libertadores, and hosted the 2011 Pan American Games opening and closing ceremonies. The stadium's artificial field caused great controversy, drawing criticism from many notable players, and in May 2012, it was announced that the stadium would replace the artificial turf with natural grass.[5]

History[edit]

Inaugural match of the Omnilife Stadium vs. Manchester United

The third public football match at the stadium was a friendly between Guadalajara and Manchester United on 30 July 2010. Guadalajara won the game 3–2, with the first goal at the stadium scored by Javier "Chicharito" Hernández playing for Guadalajara.[6] Hernández played the entire first half for Guadalajara and switched sides to Manchester United in the second half, symbolically sealing his transfer contract that had been signed in March 2010.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Estadio Omnilife. "Estadio Omnilife Arquitectura" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2016-02-05.
  2. ^ "Las Chivas estrenan estadio con triunfo contra el Manchester" [Las Chivas premiere their new stadium with a triumph over Manchester] (in Spanish). El Mundo. 31 July 2010. Retrieved 29 August 2011.
  3. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  4. ^ Estadio Omnilife. "Estadio Omnilife Ventajas" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2016-02-05.
  5. ^ Tovar, Sos (16 May 2012). "Chivas decide quitar el pasto artificial del estadio Omnilife" [Chivas decide to remove the artificial turf from Omnilife Stadium] (in Spanish). Huffington Post. Retrieved 16 May 2012.
  6. ^ "Las Chivas derrotan 3–2 al Manchester United" [Las Chivas defeat Manchester United 3–2]. La Jornada (in Spanish). Notimex. 30 July 2010. Archived from the original on August 2, 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-30.
  7. ^ Marshall, Tom (8 April 2010). "Manchester United to play Guadalajara at new stadium". Guadalajara Reporter. Archived from the original on 11 July 2011. Retrieved 8 April 2010.

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Preceded by
Estádio do Maracanã
Rio de Janeiro
Pan American Games
Opening and Closing Ceremonies

2011
Succeeded by
Rogers Centre
Toronto
Events and tenants
Preceded by
Estadio Ciudad de La Plata (La Plata)
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Mineirão (Belo Horizonte)
Copa Libertadores
Final Venues

2010
*
Estádio Beira-Rio (Porto Alegre)
Succeeded by
TBA