Estadio Olímpico Universitario - UNAM Stadium Guide

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Last Updated: October 14, 2020

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Estadio Olímpico Universitario is a multi-functional sporting arena located in the Coyoacán borough of Mexico City in the grounds of the Ciudad Universitaria campus.

UNAM Stadium Guide

Stadium Facts

Overview
Team:UNAM
Opened:1952
Capacity:68,954
Address: AV. Insurgentes Sur S/N, Col., Ciudad Universitaria, 43000

Estadio Olímpico Universitario History

Estadio Universitario first opened in 1952 with a capacity of 68,954 which at the time made it the largest stadium in Mexico ahead of Estadio Azteca. During the first two decades of its existence, the stadium was generally used to hold American Football matches between Mexico’s largest public Universities, and in 1968 it hosted events of the 1968 Summer Olympics.

Although it hosted a handful of soccer matches of the local universities, and even during the Olympic games itself, it wasn’t until the 1986 World Cup that the stadium really came to be associated with football across the world. Expanded to over 83,700 at its peak, it was scaled down to 72,000 for the World Cup.

Despite being the second largest stadium of the tournament ahead of Estadio Jalisco, it only hosted three matches of group A which featuring Argentina, South Korea and Bulgaria, plus one round of sixteen between Italy and France.

Located in Mexico City along with the larger Estadio Azteca which was used for the final, The Olympic stadium would have perhaps hosted more matches if it was not for the geography, and the fact that it had suffered a stadium disaster in the previous year.

In a fiercely contested match between the two home sides Pumas and Club Universidad, 11 fans were killed during a crush in access gate number 29. Many more were injured, and it was later found that the authorities had allowed more spectators into the stadium than permitted by safety regulations in what can only be described as a tragedy.

 

Club Universidad Nacional Pumas supporters inside the stadium

View of Estadio Olímpico Universitario

Stand Photos

Estadio Olímpico Universitario is comprised of four stands: North, East, South and West.

Click the thumbnails above to enlarge an image of each stand and to read a more detailed description of each part of the Stadium.

How to get to Estadio Olímpico Universitario

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who plays at Estadio Olímpico Universitario?

Mexican side UNAM play their home matches at Estadio Olímpico Universitario.

What is the capacity of Estadio Olímpico Universitario?

As of 2021 Estadio Olímpico Universitario has an official seating capacity of 68,954 for Football matches.

When was Estadio Olímpico Universitario opened?

Estadio Olímpico Universitario officially opened in 1952 and is home to UNAM

What is the postcode for Estadio Olímpico Universitario?

The postcode for Estadio Olímpico Universitario is 43000.

Are there any Covid restrictions at the stadium?

Covid Restrictions may be in place when you visit Estadio Olímpico Universitario in 2021. Please visit the official website of UNAM for full information on changes due to the Coronavirus.

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