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La Sele returning to Ricardo Saprissa Stadium for key match vs. Haiti

A decade after it last hosted La Sele, Ricardo Saprissa Stadium will once again be the venue for a Costa Rica men’s national soccer team match.

Costa Rica will face Haiti there on Nov. 17 at 5 p.m. as part of CONCACAF Nations League group play.

During its brief stint as La Sele’s home venue, Ricardo Saprissa Stadium received international recognition for its intimidating atmosphere and the home-field advantage provided by its hard artificial turf.

Sports Illustrated once called it a “house of horrors” for the United States men’s national team, noting that “the stadium itself gives Costa Rican players extra confidence.”

Between 2005 and 2009, Costa Rica hosted World Cup qualifying matches at Ricardo Saprissa Stadium, but La Sele has since played the majority of its home games at the new National Stadium in La Sabana.

While the pitch is now natural grass, Costa Rica could certainly use any advantage it can get in Tibás. La Sele tied its first two matches in the Nations League and needs positive results against Haiti and Curaçao in November to reach the tournament semifinals.

Tickets for Costa Rica vs. Haiti go on sale to the general public on Nov. 7 at 8 a.m. and can be obtained at specialticket.net, authorized Servimás and Grupo Mutual locations.

Prices start at 5,000 colones (about $8.50).

 

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