Estadio de Liga Deportiva Universitaria (La Casa Blanca)
|7,176 (442 skyboxes) (Box seats)|
|Clubs||Liga Deportivo Universitaria de Quito|
|Inauguration||06.03.1997 (Liga Deportiva Universitaria - Atletico Mineiro, 3-1)|
|Construction||01.03.1995 - 01.03.1997|
|Record attendance||55,000 (Liga Deportiva Universitaria - River Plate, 21.04.1999)|
|Cost||16 mln $|
|Address||Av Amazonas N41-01; Quito|
Description: La Casa Blanca
The ground was built thanks to initiative of then mayor Rodrigo Paz Delgado, who wanted LDU to have a ground of their own. Thus the official name includes the Lige Deportiva Universitaria, though more common is the nickname of “La Casa Blanca” or in English “White House”. Erecting this giant of initially almost 55,000 (of which over 7,000 seats in 442 skyboxes!) lasted exactly two years and cost $16m.
Capacity was however decreasing along with installation of more and more seats in lower tier sections. Currently only upper stands behind goals are terracing – this is where barra bravas of both home and away sides support their teams. Bowl shape with levels of luxury suites alongside the pitch is typical to this part of the world and the huge number of such spaces aids the club in generating profits. Record attendance of 55,000 people was noted several times, last in 2008.
Thanks to LDU achieving a lot of success, the stadium has been host to final games of top Latin American tournaments with Copa Libertadores (2008), Copa Sudamericana (2009, 2011) and Recopa Sudamericana (2009. 2010).