|Clubs||Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente|
|Inauguration||11.11.2007 (Club Tijuana - Pumas Morelos)|
|Cost||30 mln $|
|Address||Boulevard Agua Caliente 12027, Hipodromo, Hipodromo Agua Caliente, 22020 Tijuana, BC, Mexico|
Estadio Caliente – stadium description
Or, to translate it directly: hot stadium. This time it's not about atmosphere or temperature, it's a commercial name promoting largest Mexican bookmakers. The ground erected in Tijuana in 2007 is an investment by extremely controversial politician and millionnaire Jorge Hank Rhon who is also the owner of Caliente company and Club Tijuana – ground's tenant.
Construction was a league requirement as Mexican top tier regulations allow only clubs with venues over 15,000 spectators to take part. The popular “Xolos” fulfilled this requirement at a price of some $30m. This investment allowed for single-tiered stands around the pitch to be built.
However the initial form of Estadio Caliente is far from final, it only lasted for two full years. First enhancement was already done by May 2011 with a large corporate tower being built in the north-western corner. At the same time expansion of the north end began. By 2015 all of the west stand saw extension like the one from 2011 and in 2017 work on similar structure in the east was launched.
Final capacity is set at 33,333, but there is no solid deadline for the ground to achieve this size.
Mexico: Tijuana continue stadium expansion with 33 suites
Long awaited third phase of Estadio Caliente's expansion is officially ongoing now. A total of 33 suites are to be added on top of the east stand.
Mexico: Amazing dog head greets fans in Tijuana
Local identity is no joke for Club Tijuana, who just set up a huge dog head as their main access gate to Estadio Caliente. Not exactly beautiful, but still impressive.