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Estadio Nacional de Chile

The Estadio Nacional Julio Martinez Pradanos is the national stadium of Chile. It is located in Nunoa (Greater Santiago). It is the largest stadium in Chile with an official capacity of 65,127, and is part of a 62 ha sporting complex which also features tennis courts, an aquatics center, a modern gymnasium, a velodrome, a BMX circuit, and an assistant ground/warmup athletics track.

Construction began in February 1937 and the stadium was inaugurated on December 3, 1938. The architecture was based on the Olympiastadion in Berlin, Germany. The stadium became infamous after its use as a prison camp by the military regime following the 1973 Chilean coup d'etat.

In 2009, a complete modernization plan was unveiled for the stadium and surrounding facilities. President Michelle Bachelet said it would become the most modern stadium in South America.


It was built just south of where fields once were located Sports. Don Jose Domingo Canas in 1918 donated his farm "The Reeds" that were built Estadio Nunoa because sports culture that was born in Chile. Later, I Valdivieso Farm, owned at the time of the House of Labor Insurance (formerly of William Edwards), was transferred to the Treasury, where they finally built the National Stadium (Today Julio Martinez).

The "Colossus of Nunoa" was inaugurated on December 3 of 1938, with the friendly match between the Chilean club Colo-Colo and Brazilian club Sao Cristovao with the triumph of the Chilean team 6-3.

Being President of the Republic Arturo Alessandri this "white elephant" as it once called Palma was devised and planned by the architect and urban planner Austrian Karl Brunner as a great sporting and recreational center for the capital, first under the Plan Intercommunal Metropolitan Santiago. In both its architectural design is the property of architects Anibal Fuenzalida and Ricardo Alberto Muller Cormatches, which was built between 1937 and 1938.

The stadium hosted the final stages of the 1959 World Basketball Championship that was held outdoors due to the intended venue, the Metropolitan Indoor Stadium, not ready in time for the original date of 1958.

In the early 60's, under the government of Jorge Alessandri (son of Arturo Alessandri), began remodeling and expanding the stadium to host the 7th FIFA World Cup in 1962, to be carried out in the country. The main change was that the site suffered the velodrome that surrounded the stadium was replaced by galleries, thereby increasing its original capacity to around 95,000.

The stadium hosted the Group B consists of India, West Germany, Italy and Switzerland. Besides the games were quarterfinals in which the selected Czechoslovakia eliminated the Hungarian powerhouse for a minimum count, the semi-finals in which Brazil Chile eliminated by 4 goals to 2, the definition of the third and fourth place obtained by Chile against Yugoslavia with a goal in the final minute of Eladio Rojas and final in which Brazil was crowned world champion for the second time in history.

In 1962 the stadium was one of the four venues of the FIFA World Cup, hosting the opening game, a quarter final, a semi final, the third-place match, and the final. As such, it was the scene of the Chile national team's greatest-ever accomplishment: the 1-0 victory over Yugoslavia for third place on 16 June 1962. Today,it serves as the home field for both the national team and first-division club Universidad de Chile. It also holds some big non-sporting events, such as political celebrations, charity spectacles and concerts.

In July 5, 2008, the stadium was officially renamed Estadio Nacional Julio Martinez Pradanos, in honor of a recently deceased sports journalist.

Use as prison camp

In 1973, after the coup of September 11 that ousted President Salvador Allende, the facilities were used as detention and torture center from September 12, 1973. In the compound were detainees spent more than 40 thousand people. In one day the Red Cross estimated at 7 thousand prisoners, of whom about 300 were foreigners.

According to testimonies of survivors collected by this humanitarian instucion in stage detainees were tortured and made threats of shootings. Furthermore hooded detainees walked between giving the leftist party militants who were persecuted by the regime. Some of them were shot on premises and taken to unknown locations and executed.

The stadium was used during the 1973 Chilean coup d'etat for the internment of more than 12,000 detainees, between September 11 and November 7 of that year. The field and gallery were used to hold men, while women were held in the swimming pool changing rooms and associated buildings. Locker rooms and corridors were all used as prison facilities while interrogations were carried out in the velodrome.Carmen Luz Parot, 2002, Estadio Nacional. Documental (National Stadium Documentary). Produced by Sello Alerce, Chile, 2002.

It is sometimes mistakenly believed that Chilean folk singer and political activist Victor Jara was murdered at Estadio Nacional. He was actually murdered at the formerly called Estadio Chile, which was renamed in his honor in 2003.

FIFA president of the time Sir Stanley Rous insisted the USSR team play a World Cup qualifier at the time. The Soviets naturally refused and Chile qualified automatically for the 1974 World Cup, where they failed to advance from a group containing both FR Germany and the GDR as well as Australia.

The documentary film, Estadio Nacional, directed and produced on 2002 by Carmen Luz Parot, was based on the stadium and its use during the coup d'etat.

2009 renovation

On June 15, 2009, President Michelle Bachelet announced several infrastructure improvements in order to modernize the stadium and its immediate facilities. Out of the total 24 billion pesos (US$42.3 million) contemplated in the plan, 20 billion pesos (US$35.3 million) are destined to bring the stadium up to modern standards. The changes include, a roof covering all the seats, which will also provide illumination; installation of seats around the entire stadium, lowering the current capacity to 55,933; a new state-of-the-art scoreboard; a 2.5 m deep 2 m wide pit will separate the track and the spectators to replace the fence; and several other changes. Because the stadium is a national monument the facade will remain the same, with the roof structure placed on top, without modifying the exterior. The stadium was closed on August 15, 2009. While the works are expected to be completed by 2011, the stadium was supposed to be reinaugurated in March 2010 to stage a double friendly match between Chile v/s North Korea (RDP Korea) and Panama, but the works will not be finished on time. The construction of the roof is expected to start in April 2010. The stadium suffered minor damage after the February 27, 2010 earthquake.


The highest attendance for a match at Estadio Nacional to date is 85,268, for a [[Liga Chilena de Futbol: Primera Division|Primera Division]] match played on December 29, 1962; Universidad de Chile defeated Universidad Catolica 4-1..

As of concert, the highest attendance was on february 26th 2006, when 78,000 people attended U2's concert as part of their 2006 Vertigo Tour. The first 70,000 tickets that were put on sale sold out in 4 days (between january 11 and january 15 that year), and on January 30th was announced that 10,000 restricted vision tickets would be released early february, and by the concert day, 8,000 of them were sold . Fans from all over the continent started arriving to the stadium on february 25th holding "Main court" tickets, due to the possibility to the first 4,500 fans to access the Golden Circle section, which was the nearest section to the stage, and described by Paul McGuinness as a "fan-only zone". According to myself , all numbers to access the Golden Circle were gone by 8:41 A.M.


It was built with an original capacity of 48,000 spectators in 1937, at the time was called "white elephant" because it was thought could never be filled.

For the 1962 FIFA World Cup its capacity was expanded to comfortably seat 74,000 people may go to more than 80,000 people, for it eliminated the cycling track that was moved to another location. Over the years, visits were reduced in order to keep escape routes clear and prevent accidents.

For the 2000 World Junior Championships in Athletics, it required the installation of individual seats which reduced its capacity to 66,000 spectators with which you can not get a larger audience as was the visit of the Pope in 1987 or the closing of the Telethon.

The current capacity is 66,660 spectators, divided as follows:

* Gallery A song to life": 18,760 people * Gallery A song of joy": 18,491 people * Tribune "A hymn to love": 17,355 people * Tribuna "Divine Justice" Center: 4776 people * Tribuna "Divine Justice" North: 3.613 people

* Tribuna "Divine Justice" South: 3665

The record attendance at Estadio Nacional Julio Martinez is 85,547 people (paid entry) on December 2 of 1992 in the concert band hard rock band Guns N 'Roses. As for sporting event attendance record is 85,262, 29 December 1962 in the local tournament final between Universidad de Chile and Universidad Catolica.


Among the most important artists and acts to have performed at the stadium, are:

The Ramones, Chayanne, Cindy Lauper, David Bowie, Depeche Mode, Tracy Chapman, Eric Clapton, Evanescence, Guns N' Roses, AC/DC, High School Musical, Illapu, Iron Maiden, Kiss, Korn, Kylie Minogue, La Ley, Lenny Kravitz, Los Bunkers, Los Jaivas, Los Prisioneros, Los Tres, Luis Miguel, Madonna, Metallica, Michael Jackson, New Kids on the Block, No Doubt, Paramore, Paul McCartney, Peter Gabriel, Radiohead, RBD, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Robbie Williams, Rod Stewart, Roger Waters, Shakira, Silvio Rodriguez, Sinead O'Connor, Soda Stereo, Sting, Marcos Witt, The Police The Rolling Stones, U2, Whitney Houston, Ashley Tisdale and Aerosmith.

As of July 2009, concerts are prohibited by the administration, closing the possibility for AC/DC to schedule a concert in Chile, and jeopardising an eventual U2 concert as part of their U2360 Tour, which was first announced for "later in 2010", but was later said that it could happen in March 2010.

External links

Football Temples of the World-Chile

Comision Nacional sobre Prision Politica y Tortura

National Commission on Political Prison and Tortures (Google translation of above)

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