COVID-19 crisis: South America turns stadiums to hospitals
source: StadiumDB.com; author: michał
Though the continent hasn't yet seen as many cases as Europe or North America, football clubs are donating their stadiums, first of which are being converted into field hospitals or used for other purposes.
When FC Porto last week offered their stadium for a field hospital, it was one of just a couple cases. But with COVID-19 spreading worldwide just hours later the same declaration came from Lima's two largest football clubs, Universitario and Alianza.
Today it's basically a movement as we see the iconic Pacaembu in Sao Paulo being transformed into a field hospital for 200 people with mild cases of COVID-19. At the same time nearly all major teams in the metropolis have offered their venues as well for similar causes, including Corinthians, Palmeiras, Santos and FC Sao Paulo.
In Rio de Janeiro similar role is expected to be assumed by the legendary Maracana, while derby rivals of local hosts Flamengo, Botafogo, have offered up their Estadio Nilton Santos as well.
In Argentina similar approach is shared as La Bombonera, Nuevo Gasómetro and Estadio Marcelo Bielsa have also been opened up for such causes, while Quilmes have offered their stadium for army logistics.
Central America's Costa Rica also saw their national stadium being taken over and awaiting transformation into a healthcare facility.