One of Costa Rica's “big three” clubs is about to celebrate its centenary and the plan is to do this in quite some style: by building a brand new stadium. The concept is ready, the land... isn't. And won't be until March.
Costa Rica may have earned only 1 point during the recent World Cup, however the team left a decent impression in one of the toughest groups. Back at home it's more of the usual rivalry among big three clubs: CS Herediano, Deportivo Saprissa and LD Alajuelense. The latter is about to enter its centenary year and the hope is to launch their long-lasting dream of building a brand new stadium.
Renderings below depict what is the final stadium concept commissioned by Alajuelense, first released back in 2017. It envisions a 25,000-capacity venue with horseshoe-shaped auditorium. Space opened up behind the south goal would be taken up by concert stage, a way of boosting the stadium's event readiness.
The seating bowl would be divided into two regular tiers, lower one with just over 10,000 and upper with over 9,000 seats. These would be accompanied by 2,000 business seats and additional 900 seats in 60 boxes, finally by 125 places for wheelchair users.
Described as Costa Rica's first international football stadium, the venue is estimated to cost CRC 15 billion, which translates to $26 million. However, its final cost – and shape! – will depend on the selected location. Four sites are being considered: La Guácima, Villa Bonita de Alajuela, El Coyol and Nuevo Alajuela.
Decision between these 4 pieces of land is expected to come in March of 2019. However, success of this project is also dependent on cooperation with the municipality, whch is expected to buy the current Estadio Morera Soto and use it for other purposes.