Estadio Olímpico Benito Juárez

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Estadio Olímpico Benito Juárez
Location Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico
Coordinates Coordinates: 31°45′10.98″N106°28′4.13″W / 31.7530500°N 106.4678139°W / 31.7530500; -106.4678139
Owner UACJ
Operator FC Juárez
Capacity 19,703 [1]
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Broke groundOctober 1980
OpenedMay 12, 1981
Tenants
El Paso/Juarez Gamecocks (1985)
Indios de Ciudad Juarez (2005–11)
Indios de la UACJ (2012–2016)
FC Juárez (2015–)

Estadio Olimpico Benito Juarez is a multi-purpose stadium in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, located just across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas. It is currently used mostly for football matches and concerts and is the home stadium of FC Juárez of the Ascenso MX. On May 12, 1981, the stadium was opened with a scoreless draw between the Mexico national football team and Atlético Madrid. The stadium is part of the campus of the Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez and holds 19,703 people.

Multi-purpose stadium type of stadium

Multi-purpose stadiums are a type of stadium designed to be easily used by multiple types of events. While any stadium could potentially host more than one type of sport or event, this concept usually refers to a specific design philosophy that stresses multifunctionality over specificity. It is used most commonly in Canada and the United States, where the two most popular outdoor team sports – football and baseball – require radically different facilities. Football uses a rectangular field, while baseball is played on a diamond and large outfield. This requires a particular design to accommodate both, usually an oval. While building stadiums in this way means that sports teams and governments can share costs, it also imposes some challenges.

Ciudad Juárez City in Chihuahua, Mexico

Ciudad Juárez is the most populous city in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. The city is commonly referred to by locals as simply Juárez, and was known as Paso del Norte until 1888. Juárez is the seat of the municipality of Juárez with an estimated population of 1.5 million people. It lies on the Rio Grande river, south of El Paso, Texas, United States. Together with the surrounding areas, the cities form El Paso–Juárez, the second largest binational metropolitan area on the Mexico–U.S. border, with a combined population of over 2.7 million people.

Rio Grande River forming part of the US-Mexico border

The Rio Grande is one of the principal rivers in the southwest United States and northern Mexico. The Rio Grande begins in south-central Colorado in the United States and flows to the Gulf of Mexico. Along the way, it forms part of the Mexico–United States border. According to the International Boundary and Water Commission, its total length was 1,896 miles (3,051 km) in the late 1980s, though course shifts occasionally result in length changes. Depending on how it is measured, the Rio Grande is either the fourth- or fifth-longest river system in North America.

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