|LOCATION AND CONTACTS|
|Address||Calz. de Tlalpan 3465, Sta. Úrsula Coapa, Coyoacán, 04650 Ciudad de México|
|Coordinates||19°18'6" N - 99°09'1" W|
|Telephone||+52 55 5487 3100|
|FUT Quality||Gold Rare|
|Home FIFA Clubs|| Club América|
|FIFA Editions||FIFA 07 | FIFA 08 | FIFA 09 | FIFA 10 | FIFA 11 | FIFA 12 | FIFA 13 | FIFA 14 | FIFA 15 | FIFA 16 | FIFA 17 | FIFA 18 | FIFA 19 | FIFA 20 | FIFA 21 | FIFA 22 | FIFA 98|
Construction on site in the suburban Santa Ursula area started in August 1962 with explosives preparing the rocky ground for future bowl (the pitch is 9,5m below ground level). Initial capacity was at over 107,000 people, but over time has decreased
National stadium of Mexico, despite shorter history than many other iconic stadiums, has an immense portfolio for large scale events. Two World Cups and their finals (1970, 1986) and other tournaments: Summer Olympics (1968), Panamerican Games (1975), FIFA Confederations Cup, Gold Cup, Copa Libertadores and hundreds of Mexican football games. Over the years a total of 6 clubs took tenancy of the ground with only the Club América remaining here permanently since 1966.
Apart from sporting events huge concerts were also hosted by Azteca, with the 5-night series by Michael Jackson in 1993 that brought a total of 550,000 people to the stadium. Other performers managed to fill it over the years, as did pope John Paul II in 1999.
Interestingly, the stadium is neither public property, nor is it operated by a sports association. The owner is Televisa media group, one that changed its official name in 1997 to honour its deceased president. However there was a second reason – Estadio Azteca was similar to TV Azteca, Televisa’s competition. So the name change was widely protested and the owner returned to the ‘proper’ naming after a decade.