Estadio El Teniente-Codelco
|750 (VIP seats)|
|Other names||Estadio Braden Copper Company (1947-1971)|
|Construction||01/06/1945 - 1947|
|Cost||$ 9.9 million|
|Design||Gerardo Marambio Cortés, Claudio Aceituno Husch, Pablo Allende Tobar, Pedro Pinochet Fuenzalida (2013-2014)|
|Address||Av. Capitán Ramón Freire s/n, Rancagua, Chile|
Description: Estadio El Teniente
This stadium’s history begins in 1945, when Braden Copper Co. invested its funds to build a sports field. The wooden stands first received the name of Estadio Braden Copper Company, but today are simply named El Teniente, from the local copper mine. Since 1955 the ground has been the home of Club Deportivo O’Higgins, playing in domestic and international games here.
A much unexpected ennoblement came in 1960, when Rancagua was included in 1962 World Cup host city list. The honor came only after other hosts were damaged by earthquake. Despite investment of 200 million pesos, the stadium remained an ‘emergency choice’ for FIFA. With the wooden stands and capacity of only over 10,000, it remains one of the most modest stadiums ever to host the tournament.
While it may be hard to believe, the stadium was still wooden in 2008, when first plans of complete reconstruction were drawn. Only one stand stood out – the northern curve was all made of concrete, because its wooden predecessor had burned down in 1995. However, the redevelopment from 2008 never came to fruition.
In 2012, this time along a new concept, the stadium was again chosen for revamp. This time successfully. In 330 days three stands were rebuilt from scratch and joined the northern end, creating a unified and dynamic structure. The rough concrete is covered with ribbon-shaped blue mesh from the outside. And despite very limited amount of land available, access to all stands is distributed properly, assuring safe evacuation if there is a need for one.
New single-tiered stands have partial cover along the sides, which also gives support to 16 small floodlight masts that replaced four large ones. The main grandstand also comprises a long VIP room with a balcony for 750 people. While some amenities at the stadium aren’t of international standard, works were carried out at a budget of under $10 million. Meeting all significant criteria led to the stadium being host of Copa America 2015.
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