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Estadio Omnilife

Estadio Omnilife

Former names Estadio Chivas (2010)
Location Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico
Coordinates
Owner Jorge Vergara
Executive suites 315
Capacity 49,850
Surface Grass
Construction
Broke ground February 2004
Opened July 30, 2010
Construction cost US$200 million[1]
($216 million in 2016 dollars[2])
Architect Concept Design:
Jean Marie Massaud & Daniel Pouzet
Sports Architects:
Populous (formerly HOK Sport)
Architect of Record:
VFO architects
Tenants
Club Deportivo Guadalajara (Liga MX) (2010–)
2011 Pan American Games
2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games

Estadio Omnilife, formerly known as Chivas Stadium (Estadio Chivas, Spanish pronunciation: ), is the 4th largest stadium in Mexico. It is part of the J.V.C. complex, and is a multi-use venue that is used mostly for football matches including home matches for Club Deportivo Guadalajara, commonly known as the "Chivas". The stadium has a seating capacity of 49,850. 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 is named after the brand of nutritional supplements Omnilife. 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 and 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games. The stadium's artificial field has caused great controversy, drawing criticism from many notable players, and in May 2012, it was announced that the stadium will replace the artificial turf with natural grass.

History

Inaugural match of the Omnilife Stadium vs. Manchester United

The first 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.[3] Hernández played the entire first half for Guadalajara and switched sides to Manchester United in the second half, symbolically sealing his transfer contract signed in March 2010.[4]

References

  1. ^ "Las Chivas estrenan estadio con triunfo contra el Manchester" (in Spanish).  
  2. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  3. ^  
  4. ^ Marshall, Tom (8 April 2010). "Manchester United to play Guadalajara at new stadium". guadalajarareporter.com (Guadalajara Reporter). Retrieved 8 April 2010. 

External links

  • Official website
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)
—————————————————————
Mineirão (Belo Horizonte)
Copa Libertadores
Final Venues

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