Jalisco Stadium, 60 years of a monumental history


The first stadium in the city, Martínez Sandoval, in honor of a family of jewelers who sponsored it, located in the Oblatos neighborhood, east of the city, had a capacity for 12 thousand people, but was insufficient when the Gold team was measured to the Atlas or the Chivas, who adopted it as their headquarters.

This stadium had no parking, its stands were made of wooden planks and aged quickly, it had just opened on October 12, 1935.

After a classic Tapatio between Chivas and Atlas, held in 1954, left thousands of fans in the street of Martínez Sandoval, the three clubs met to find a solution to the problem.

The idea is born

On October 8, 1954, at a meeting of the board of the Atlas, Alberto Alvo, president of the Football Commission, put on the table an idea that had turned his head for days: build a new stadium, bigger , spacious, with better infrastructure and modern spirit.

“It was an inspiration for the moment; following a classic Guadalajara vs. Atlas, watching the spectators squeeze and anguish to get, not just a good locality, but to enter Martínez Sandoval”, I would remember Alvo.

The idea was well received, put on paper and the Guadalajara Club and Gold were invited to join the project financially. The company created an association called Clubes Unidos de Jalisco, which signed its charter on October 26, 18 days after the germinal idea was presented.

The construction of the Jalisco stadium, Mexico (archive)

Atlas had three years of having won his only championship, Chivas was on his way to becoming the ‘Champion’ and nobody noticed him.

Club executives acquired a plot of 47,200 square meters on the banks of the city and for 18 months the excavation was carried out.

The work was in charge of the engineers José Calderón Robert Y Felipe Arregui Zepeda, and little by little the adjective of ‘monumental’ began to gain sympathy, because the works could be appreciated from very distant points of the Pearl of the West.

With a final cost of 18 million pesos, the construction was completed on January 24, 1960 and a week later, the official inauguration was conducted, headed by the Secretary of Education, Jaime Torres Bodet, on behalf of President Adolfo López Kill them.

Jalisco Stadium, Mexico (archive)

The first game was played by Atlas and the Argentine team San Lorenzo de Almagro, who won 2-0 the match that was part of a pentagonal played by Chivas, who had just won his third league title, Gold and Sao Paulo from Brazil.

The Argentine Norberto Baggio scored the first goal in the Jalisco Stadium, but who stepped on the field for the first time as a player was the athlete Alfredo ‘El Pistache’ Torres, who used to always leave at the end, but that day he went ahead of all his teammates.

They are inspired by the Camp Nou

In the first era, the Jalisco Stadium had a capacity for 35 thousand people on a single level and is considered the first to receive football with a colossal infrastructure.
The classics claim that its construction was inspired by the Camp Nou in Barcelona, ​​opened in 1957 and in turn, which inspired the Aztec Stadium of Mexico City, which would open its doors in 1966.
In the first year of the Monumental Jalisco Stadium, Chivas de Guadalajara began its era of ‘Very Champion’ by winning the title of that year and consecutively until 1965, in addition to 1969 and 1970.

In the midst of the uproar by the winning team, the “Colossus of the Independence Road” received games from the Mexico 68 Olympic Games and there the Mexican team lost the semifinal against Bulgaria 3-2.

For the Mexico 70 World Cup, FIFA demanded an expansion of the capacity of the Jalisco Stadium. A second floor was built and all locations were roofed. The cost of the work was 50 million pesos.

Brazil’s house

It was precisely in the Mexico 70 World Cup that Brazil fell in love with Mexicans. The team led by Edson Arantes Do Nascimento ‘Pelé’, played Group 3 games in Guadalajara and returned to play the semifinal against Uruguay.

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The Brazil-Peru match during the 1970 World Cup at the Jalisco stadium

That game is remembered for a play in which the Brazilian star pulled the goalkeeper out of his position with a feint, ran to the right, shot and the ball passed near the left post. The moment was baptized as the “best no goal” in history.

In addition to football, the Jalisco Stadium has witnessed historical and massive moments. In 1979 Pope John Paul II offered a message against violence and hearing ideologies. In 1985 it was performed the first rock concert in the place in charge of the Quiet Riot group.

In 1986, the Jalisco Stadium was for the second time the World Cup headquarters and received Brazil again, which played five games in “his home” and saw the Cariocas lose to France in penalties, the worst of them, thrown by then idol of the selection, Socrates, who failed at the decisive moment.
Chivas was crowned again in that stadium in 1987 against Cruz Azul and 10 years later he won the cup of the first short tournament in 1997 by beating Toros Neza 7-2, and his last championship in the historic stadium was against Toluca, which He won 2-1 in 2006. Since then, no championship has been held on this court.
The passage of Brazil through Jalisco inspired Plaza Brasil in front of the Stadium and the Clubes Unidos logo was modified inspired by the team that lavished the ‘Jogo bonito’ of the Cariocas.

Jalisco Stadium became international again in 1999, as it hosted the Confederations Cup. He received the matches of Group B, composed of Brazil from Ronaldinho, the United States, Germany and New Zealand.

Since 1967, the official voice of the Jalisco Stadium has been in charge of Rafael Almaraz, in charge of announcing alignments, reprimands, expelled and announcing brands.

Upon reaching 60 years, the Jalisco Stadium has capacity for 55 thousand fans, is home to Atlas and Black Lions, has a long fast football championships, but remains solid, firm and monumental.

A football match at the Jalisco stadium, Mexico (archive)

The stadium in numbers

  • 1960 it was the year of its inauguration
  • 18 million pesos it was its initial cost
  • 30 thousand spectators it was his ability in his first stage
  • 70 thousand fans it was the maximum capacity that housed after the extension in 1969
  • 50 million pesos it was the cost of his first remodeling
  • 2 World Cups were played in this property (1970 and 1986)
  • 1 Confederations Cup (1999)
  • 1 Papal visit (John Paul II in 1979)


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