La Joya de La Sabana
|Opened||March 26, 2011|
|Construction cost||US$110 million|
|General contractor||Anhui Foreign Economic Construction|
|Costa Rica national football team|
The National Stadium of Costa Rica (Spanish: Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica) is a multi-purpose stadium in La Sabana Metropolitan Park, San José, Costa Rica. It is the first modern sport and event arena to be built in Central America. The stadium was completed in 2011 and officially opened its doors to the public on March 26 that year, with a capacity of 35,175 seats. The stadium replaced the original National Stadium, and is the home stadium of the Costa Rica national football team.
It has one high-definition 160-square-metre (1,700 sq ft) screen, located in the southern section of the stadium, along with a smaller monochromatic screen, and another monochromatic screen of the same dimensions in the northern section.
It was used to host matches during the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, including the opening game, the third place match and the Final.
Although the cost was programmed at the beginning to around $88 million, this was later adjusted to $100 million.
The Chinese government financed the construction of the stadium in its totality, along with its furnishing, and assumed all other costs. Demolition of the old National Stadium began May 12 of 2008, after the match between UCR (Universidad de Costa Rica) and Brujas FC and the 200M event where Nery Brenes set a new national record (20:28 seconds).
The construction of the stadium formed part of the agreements signed between the presidents of Costa Rica and China, Óscar Arias and Hu Jintao, respectively, during Arias' first visit to the Asian country in October 2007. The construction began on March 12, 2009, and finished in 2011.
The inauguration ceremony was celebrated on March 26, 2011. National and international sports activities and entertainment went on through April 10. An official stadium inauguration website was created, which informed the population of all inaugurating events.
During 2011, the new stadium was subject of a heavy investment made by the Costa Rican Football Federation to propel Costa Rican football into the world scene. To do this, the federation organized friendly matches against previous FIFA World Cup winners Argentina, Brazil, and Spain, with the latter being the then most recent winners of the tournament.
The National Stadium hosted all 14 matches of the 2013 Central American Cup.
|Date||Team #1||Result||Team #2||Round||Attendance|
|January 18, 2013||Guatemala||1-1||Nicaragua||Group A (opening match)||200|
|Honduras||1-1||El Salvador||Group B||2,500|
|Costa Rica||1-0||Belize||Group A||5,484|
|January 20, 2013||Belize||0-0||Guatemala||Group A||250|
|El Salvador||0-0||Panama||Group B|
|Costa Rica||2-0||Nicaragua||Group A||5,980|
|January 22, 2013||Nicaragua||1-2||Belize||Group A||750|
|Costa Rica||1-1||Guatemala||Group A||6,760|
|January 25, 2013||Guatemala||1-3||Panama||5th Place Match||279|
|Costa Rica||1-0||El Salvador||4,993|
|January 27, 2013||El Salvador||1-0||Belize||3rd place match||1,997|
El Nacional hosted nine games of the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup. It hosted four Group A matches; including the opener, a Group C and Group D game, two quarterfinal matches, the 3rd place play-off and the final. The games were:
|Date||Team #1||Result||Team #2||Round||Attendance|
|Saturday March 15, 2014||Italy||2-0||Zambia||Group A (opening match)||34,453|
|Costa Rica||0-3||Venezuela||Group A|
|Tuesday March 18, 2014||Venezuela||4-0||Zambia||25,624|
|Sunday March 23, 2014||Japan||3-0||New Zealand||Group C||5,100|
|Thursday March 27, 2014||Venezuela||3-2||Canada||Quarter-finals||1,812|
|Ghana||2-2 (4-3 on pen.)||Italy|
|Friday April 4, 2014||Venezuela||4-4 (2-0 on pen.)||Italy||Third place match||29,814|
|Concerts at National Stadium of Costa Rica (2011)|
|10 April 2011||Shakira||The Sun Comes Out World Tour||34,516|
|21 May 2011||Miley Cyrus||Gypsy Heart Tour||33,451|
|12 September 2011||Red Hot Chili Peppers||I'm with You World Tour||20,716|
|27 September 2011||Judas Priest and Whitesnake||Epitaph World Tour||--|
|20 November 2011||Pearl Jam||Pearl Jam Twenty Tour||--|
|3 February 2012||Elton John||Greatest Hits Tour||12,363|
|3 November 2012||Lady Gaga||Born This Way Ball||29,014|
|22 October 2013||Black Sabbath||Black Sabbath Reunion Tour||--|
|1 May 2014||Paul McCartney||Out There (tour)||27,001|
|20 August 2016||Laura Pausini||Pausini Stadi Tour 2016||--|
|5 November 2016||Metallica||WorldWired Tour||32,934|
|26 November 2016||Guns N' Roses||Not in This Lifetime... Tour||29,560|
|24 April 2017||Justin Bieber||Purpose World Tour||--|
|9 May 2017||Sting||57th & 9th Tour||--|
|7 December 2017||Bruno Mars||24K Magic World Tour||38,052|
|8 August 2018||Laura Pausini||Fatti Sentire World Tour||--|
|24 November 2018||Roger Waters||Us + Them Tour||46,500|
During the opening ceremony of the 2013 Central American Games, a fire broke out in the stadium because of a stray firework which hit the western part of the stadium roof. The fire damaged some lighting equipments but the stadium was still used for the Games.