Jesús Martínez, the president of Grupo Pachuca, and Miguel Márquez, the governor of Guanajuato, announced plans for León’s new stadium with the slogan #UnLugarParaCreer, or A Place to Believe.
Martínez said, “It’s time to take this step forward, the construction of this new stadium should be a symbol of growth and unity. In the same way we have raised trophies, we are going to raise this house that will make us feel unity and belonging.”
Following an investigation into fan behavior, the Disciplinary Committee has fined Monterrey and given the club a one-game stadium ban.
At the conclusion of Monterrey’s 0-2 loss to Tigres UANL in the second leg of their quarterfinal series (Tigres won 6-1 on aggregate), there were “incidents in the stands and exit areas of the Estadio BBVA Bancomer between fans of both teams”.
Cruz Azul will be looking for a new home after the Clausura 2018 season.
La Máquina has played at the Estadio Azul, previously known as the Estadio Olímpico de la Ciudad de México, since 1996; but it’s now been announced that the Estadio Azul will be demolished in 2018 to clear space for a luxury hotel and a shopping center.
Renovations of Puebla’s Estadio Cuauhtémoc are finally complete, and the Poblanos will be returning home on November 18th.
Puebla’s home games for all of the Clausura 2015 and to date in the Apertura 2015 had been held at the Estadio Universitario BUAP, the home of second-division Lobos BUAP; now, after close to a year away, they will be returning to the Estadio Cuauhtémoc.
Puebla will face storied Argentinian club Boca Juniors in a friendly match to inaugurate the renovated stadium on Wednesday, November 18th. Tickets for the match are free and will be distributed by the state government.
Monterrey defeated Benfica 3-0 in the first game in the Estadio BBVA Bancomer, the Rayados’ new home. The stadium was packed and the 51,000 fans never stopped singing, with their team helpfully giving them something to celebrate on the new field.
Monterrey had the better of the chances in the first half, with Dorlan Pabón coming close in the 13th minute and Neri Cardozo also forcing a save out of Julio César in the 21st minute.
But with the big names unable to capitalize on their chances, the historic first goal would come from a most unlikely source: young homegrown defender César Montes, who came on at halftime. Three minutes later, number 286 met a free kick from Pablo Barrera with a powerful header inside the six-yard box, which became the first goal ever scored in the Estadio BBVA Bancomer.
After Montes’s goal, the floodgates opened. In the 57th minute, Rogelio Funes Mori converted a penalty kick given by referee Francisco Chacón for a handball to make it 2-0 for the Rayados. Santiago Rivera put an exclamation mark on the win with his goal in the 81st minute to give Monterrey the Copa Eusebio with their 3-0 victory.
Monterrey will have to wait a little while for their first league game in their new stadium since they’re visiting Atlas next weekend. But in Jornada 4, on Tuesday, August 11th, they’ll give the Estadio BBVA Bancomer its league debut when they host Pachuca.
The Estadio del Fútbol Monterrey, to be officially known as the Estadio BBVA Bancomer, is almost ready. The construction is nearing completion, despite a few delays caused by heavy rain, and the grass has started to be installed.
The Rayados will move into their new home for the Apertura 2015 season this summer, and the stadium’s inaugural game will be a friendly between Monterrey and Benfica of Portugal on August 2nd.
The date of their first league game has not yet been announced, with the schedule for the Apertura 2015 season not expected to be released until June. In the meantime, check out this photo gallery of the new stadium and the construction process.
Update: Monterrey will play their first league game in the Estadio BBVA Bancomer on August 11th against Pachuca.
In January, Toluca announced that they were beginning renovations on the Estadio Nemesio Diez as the club looks ahead to its centenary in 2017. Now, the Diablos Rojos have released further details regarding the renovations, including several renderings of the stadium post-remodeling.
The renovations include increasing the capacity of the Nemesio Diez to 30,000 people and adding a new stand; installing big-screen televisions; adding stores and concession stands; installing new street-level accesses; and building a 1,500-car parking garage on nearby Felipe Villanueva, with bridges connecting it to the stadium.
The estimated cost of all the construction is 800 million pesos (about $54.1 million U.S.), although the board guarantees that ticket prices will not go up – at least not yet.
“Fans, we have great news for you: Looking ahead to the centenary, the renovation of the Nemesio Diez starts this month.”
The Nemesio Diez opened in 1954 and hosted games in both the 1970 and 1986 World Cups. The 60-year-old stadium’s makeover will include the construction of a new stand to expand the overall capacity, which is currently 27,000.
The renovation was announced in a press release, in which the team guaranteed that the construction “will not prevent all of the team’s [home] games in both Liga MX and the Copa MX from continuing to take place on this historic field.”
An artist’s rendering of the Estadio de Futbol Monterrey, with an asymmetrical design inspired by nearby mountains.
Although Monterrey’s new stadium was originally projected to be completed this June, construction delays have pushed the opening date back significantly, with the stadium now due to hold its first game in the summer of 2015.
June 2015 also marks the club’s 70th anniversary.
The Estadio Tecnológico, Monterrey’s current stadium, will be used in the Apertura 2014 and the Clausura 2015, with the Rayados then moving to their new home for the Apertura 2015.
The stadium is being built to FIFA’s international standards, that is, 100% seated. Many stadiums in Mexico still have standing areas for the supporters’ groups, but this stadium will be completely seated. The current plan is to put the supporters’ groups in the upper tier of the stadium behind the north goal.
The directors have also announced that ticket prices are expected to only increase “moderately”.