Estadio Universitario (El Volcán) - UANL Stadium Guide

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Last Updated: October 14, 2020

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Estadio Universitario, nicknamed by fans as El Volcán (The Volcano) based on its circular and crater like appearance. Built in 1967, with a capacity of 42,000 the football stadium is most used by local side Tigres UANL who ply their trade in the top flight of Mexican football, Liga MX.

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Stadium Facts

Address: San Nicolás de los Garza, Nuevo Leon

Estadio Universitario (El Volcán) History

Estadio Universitario opened on 30th May 1967 and has been home to local side Tigres UANL ever since. Reportedly costing $23 million pesos upon opening, the original plan was to create a 90,000 capacity stadium however the size of El Volcán was scaled back. This resulted in two tiers, and otherwise would have been similar to Estadio Azteca.

Famously it was selected as one of twelve venues for the 1986 World Cup, and The Volcano successfully represented the city of San Nicolás de los Garza. As well as hosting matches of Group F, the stadium hosted two knock-out rounders including a quarter final between Morocco and West Germany.

More recently it hosted a handful for matches for the 2011 Under 17s World Cup, however it continues to be associated with club level football. The current capacity is just under 42,000 after undergoing renovations over the decades to meet increasingly stringent safety legislations.

For a short while C.F Monterrey ground-shared with Tigres, however it was only a short lived arrangement whilst they relocated to new premises.  The highest level of club football held at Estadio Universitario is either matches of the CONCAF Champions League or Copa Libertadores.


Tigres UANL supporters inside the stadium

View of Estadio Universitario (El Volcán)

Stand Photos

Estadio 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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who plays at Estadio Universitario (El Volcán)?

Mexican side UANL play their home matches at Estadio Universitario (El Volcán).

What is the capacity of Estadio Universitario (El Volcán)?

As of 2024 Estadio Universitario (El Volcán) has an official seating capacity of 45,531 for Football matches.

When was Estadio Universitario (El Volcán) opened?

Estadio Universitario (El Volcán) officially opened in 1967 and is home to UANL

Are there any Covid restrictions at the stadium?

Covid Restrictions may be in place when you visit Estadio Universitario (El Volcán) in 2024. Please visit the official website of UANL for full information on changes due to the Coronavirus.

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