Costa Rica Coffee Guide

Adiós, O Dear But Decrepit Stadium

May 16, 2008

Freiland Gutiérrez, below, supervises demolition work that began this week at the beloved National Stadium. The demolition marks an end of an era that for 84 years has seen some of the country’s greatest moments in sports, culture and social events. Located in the city’s west side in La Sabana Park, the stadium has hosted figures from soccer hero Pelé to Pope John Paul II, and concerts by Luciano Pavarotti, Aerosmith and Bruce Springsteen. At left, Roman Catholic faithful anticipate John Paul’s arrival in 1983. On Sunday, nostalgic fans had already begun taking home chunks of the historic but rapidly deteriorating stadium. At the end of the last soccer match – in which the Brujas beat the University of Costa Rica 3-2 – spectators rushed to grab pieces of earth and grass, goal nets and cement as souvenirs. The demolition is paving the way for a new $72 million stadium, triple in size, a gift from China that is expected to be completed by 2010.

 

You may be interested

Costa Rica extends tourist visas until November 18
Costa Rica
3004 views
Costa Rica
3004 views

Costa Rica extends tourist visas until November 18

Alejandro Zúñiga - July 8, 2020

Costa Rica's Immigration Administration is offering foreigners extra flexibility as countries continue to restrict travel due to the coronavirus pandemic.…

Costa Rica coronavirus data for July 8, 2020
Costa Rica
21219 views
Costa Rica
21219 views

Costa Rica coronavirus data for July 8, 2020

Alejandro Zúñiga - July 8, 2020

Costa Rica confirmed 350 new cases of the coronavirus over the past day, totaling 5,836 cumulative known cases, the Health…

Great deals on dental care in Costa Rica during COVID crisis
Dental Tourism
2268 views
Dental Tourism
2268 views

Great deals on dental care in Costa Rica during COVID crisis

Dr. Peter Aborn / Goodness Dental - July 8, 2020

While Costa Rica's borders are scheduled to open on August 1, 2020, Costa Rican authorities have yet to announce the…