Estadio Hidalgo is a 30,000 capacity stadium located in the city of Pachuca, in the Mexican state of Hidalgo although this isn’t where its name is derived from. It has been home to Liga MX side C.F. Pachuca since 1993.
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Estadio Hidalgo fist opened on Februrary 14th 1993 with the inaugural match played between resident side Pachuca F.C and Pumas UNAM. The club’s previous ground, the Estadio Revolución Mexicana first opened in 1958 and was only large enough for 3,500 supporters so a move to the much larger faciltiies at Hidalgo were greatly welcomed by fans of the club.
Similar to Estadio Corregidora, Pachuca F.C’s stadium is also named after an icon of the Mexican Revolution, in this instance the founding father – Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla. The stadium underwent large scale renovations at the turn of the millennium and officially reopened on August 1st 2004 with another match against Pumas UNAM for the Champions of Champions Cup.
Now capable of seating 30,000 supporters, the stadium was selected as one of seven venues for the 2011 Under 17-s World Cup. Although it was the joint smallest ground with Estadio Torreon, Hidalgo hosted eight matches in total including two round of 16 and a quarter final between France and Mexico.
The highest level of football currently played at Estadio Hidalgo has arguably been the knock out matches of the CONCACAF Champions League. In 2007 they played Guadalajara across two legs, and in 2010 they were drawn against Cruz Azul, again another Mexican team.