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10 Facts About Estadio Azteca in Mexico City

1. Estadio Azteca is the third largest soccer stadium in the world with a capacity of 105,000 people.

Orale! That's a lot of people! 

 

2. Estadio Azteca drew in 132,247 spectators for a boxing match between Julio Cesar Chavez & Greg Haugen in 1993.

Everyone loves a good fight.

3. Spectators and visitors must also deal with an altitude of approximately 7,400 ft.

Up there with the birds!

4. The first NFL game played at the stadium was in 2005, between the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers.

It set an NFL record of 103,467 people!  

5. During the 1970 World Cup, hosted 10 matches.

Including the World Cup final between Brazil and Italy. It should've been El Tri, though! 

 

6. Until 2014, it was the only stadium to host two World Cup Finals in 1970 and 1986.

 

7. The Stadium is nicknamed “Il Coloso de Santa Ursula” (Colossus of Saint Ursula) because of it's enormous size. 

It's also located in the suburb of Saint Ursula in Mexico City. 

8. The funeral of Mexican comedian Roberto Gomez Bolaños, known as Chespirito, was held on November 30, 2014.

And as the Little Shakespeare always said, "No contaban con mi austicia!" 

9. Michael Jackson also finished his Dangerous World Tour at Estadio Azteca, with five sold out shows.

In October and November of 1993, MJ finished his tour with five sold out shows, with a total of 500,000 people showing up – more than any other artist or band, ever. 

 

10. Estadio Azteca officially opened its doors on May 29, 1966. 

Bet you didn't know that!

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