Estadio de la Ciudad de los Deportes (Estadio Azul)
|2,873 (Covered seats)|
|Other names||Estadio Olímpico de la Ciudad de los Deportes (1946-1983), Estadio Azulgrana (1983-1996)|
|Opening game||05/01/1947 (Veracruz – Racing de Avellaneda, 2-1)|
|Address||Indiana No. 255, Col. Napoles, Ciudad de Mexico|
Description: Estadio Azul
Built in 1946, the stadium was initially known as Estadio Olimpico de la Ciudad de los Deportes and was first used for a game of American football. Just a few months later association football took over as main sport and retained this role to date. Until 1955 Club America played host, while afterwards various sides from Mexico City used it as their home in short and longer term.
The stadium, third in terms of size across Mexico City, had stands shaped uniquely like a crater. The oval stands with steep slope and relatively low distance to the field provided very good sightlines from the start. End zones of the mostly-sunken bowl are traditionally dedicated to most vibrant supporters, outh for visitors and north for home contingents.
In its history the stadium was changing tenants quite often, seeing many occasional games like Estadio Azteca. Also Necaxa and Atlante, teams currently outside the city of Mexico, grabbed tenancy.
The latter even had the stadium's name changed under their lease to Estadio Azulgrana. Since 1996 that name was cut to Estadio Azul (The Blue Stadium) in accordance with the final tenant change to date, giving home to Cruz Azul.
With the stadium's unusual shape and unique location next to the world's largest corrida arena, Plaza de Toros do Mexico, the stadium wasn't taken into account in Mexico's bid (cancelled before final round) to hold the 2018/2022 World Cup. Building a new stadium was considered an option, this time with more regular layout, but the plan presented in 2010 never came to fruition.
Mexico: New Cruz Azul stadium in 2024?
The Mexican municipality of Tlalnepantla has announced changes to the spatial plan. They will allow for the implementation of the Punta Azul project, part of which is the construction of a stadium with 50,000 seats. The new venue may be hosted by Cruz Azul.
Mexico: Legendary Estadio Azul to come back to life?
It was supposed to be demolished long ago but is still standing. Now as many as two clubs are reported to be relocating to Estadio Azul.
Mexico City: Cruz Azul not looking for new stadium?
Already before the pandemic reached Mexico, Cruz Azul have signed a 2-year extension of their stay at Estadio Azteca. But, what is more important, in almost two years no plot for a new stadium was found.
Mexico City: Farewell, Estadio Azul
That's literally it. No more event will be held at Estadio Azul, one of Latin America's football temples. What now? Relocation for Cruz Azul and demolition for the stadium itself.
Mexico City: Cruz Azul still not settled for stadium location
They have to leave their current stadium in just 4 months, then temporarily move to Estadio Azteca. But for how long? Will it be 3 or 10 years? For now there is no decision on where a new stadium might be built.
Mexico City: Construction for Cruz Azul to begin in late 2017 or early 2018
If the director general of public Instituto del Deporte is to be believed, we're about to see major development on Mexico's latest sports city and the Cruz Azul football stadium at its heart. But are we?
Mexico City: Cruz Azul to relocate to Azteca
From 2018 onwards Cruz Azul will not play at Estadio Azul anymore. The club will return to Mexico’s biggest temple, Estadio Azteca.
Mexico City: Cruz Azul aiming for 40,000–50,000 stadium
One of Mexico’s most famous clubs is looking for its future stadium. So far we only know that the Cementers hope to remain within Mexico City.