Estadio Hernán Ramírez Villegas
|Design||Hernán Ramírez Villegas|
|Cost||COP 30 billion (2008)|
|Address||Vila Olimpica, Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia|
Description: Estadio Hernán Ramírez Villegas
The stadium along with entire olympic village was opened in 1971 west of Pereira’s center. The opening was celebrated with a two-day football tournament including local Deportivo, Once Caldas, Sporting Cristal (Peru) and Emelec (Ecuador).
In its initial configuration the stadium had single-tiered stands surrounding the running track. That never changed, but ahead of the 2011 U20 World Cup a massive redevelopment took place. For 30 billion pesos the entire structure was renovated, converted into all-seater and covered with an interesting steel roof structure. Side stands also received upper decks.
Used on a weekly basis by Deportivo Pereira, the stadium also played host to the above-mentioned FIFA tournament, Copa America (2001) and Campeonato Sudamericano (1987, 2005).