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Estadio Olímpico Universitario: All you need to know - Tickets, Direction, Weather (2022)

The Universidad de Chile's iconic stadium, Estadio Olimpico Universitario, officially opened on 20 November 1952. The first match, an American football match, was played nine days later. Over the next sixty-five years, the stadium hosted a variety of sports events and concerts, some of which are still remembered by Chilean fans to this day.

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Nicole Sommer - Soccer expert Last updated: Wednesday, 29.June 2022 — 3min read

History and description

The Olympic Stadium, formerly known as the Estadio Olímpico Universitario, officially opened on 20 November 1952. The first match, an American football match, was played nine days later. The 1968 Olympic Stadium, which is now known as the Estadio Olimpico Universitario, was the centrepiece of the 1968 Olympics. It hosted the opening and closing ceremonies, and the athletic events.

The stadium was one of the playing venues for the 1986 World Cup. It hosted three group matches and the round of 16 match between Italy and France. It could have hosted about 68,000 spectators at that time.

Due to safety precautions and refurbishments, the stadium's capacity gradually decreased over the years from around 63,000 during most of the 2000s to around 52,000 seats in recent years.

The eastern side of the stadium holds a mural of Diego Rivera, who had planned to cover the entire outside of the stadium with murals, but never got to finish his work due to his death in 1957.

The Estadio Olimpico Universitario is a part of a complex of UNAM university buildings that has been given World Heritage status by UNESCO.

How to get to Estadio Olimpico Universitario

The Estadio Olímpico Universitario is located on the south-west side of Mexico City, on the main campus of the UNAM university. It is part of the larger Olympic complex, which also contains the stadium for track and field events. The stadium can be reached by car following the Avenida Insurgentes Sur. It is one of the city's principal avenues and it will appear on the right when you follow it south.

Public transportation is the most convenient way to reach the stadium. Metrobus and metro are both options, with the metrobus being the most convenient.

The metrobus system is the city's fixed-lane, bright red bus system. Line 1 runs all the way down Avenida Insurgentes and can be boarded around Avenida Reforma, or at several stops in the Zona Rosa and Condesa areas. Take the bus in southern direction and get off at stop Dr. Galvez. From there it is a 5 to 10-minute walk slightly uphill following Insurgentes.

Alternatively, you can take metro line 3 to the Copilco station, find your way to the UNAM university campus, and cross the campus to the stadium. The walk will take about 25 minutes.

Address: Avenida Insurgentes Sur s/n, Ciudad Universitaria, Coyoacán, México DF

Pumas Tickets

Tickets for Pumas matches can be bought online or through a Ticketmaster sales outlet. Tickets are available at the gate on the day of the match. Pumas rarely sell out.

Prices for tickets to matches depend on the opponent, but will typically range from MXN 140.00 for a seat behind the goal to MXN 230.00 for the lower parts of the long sides. Prices increase to between MXN 180.00 and MXN 290.00 for high-profile matches.

Relevant Internet links

The Pumas UNAM website, Metrobus website, and Mexico City metro website are all official websites of different government agencies in Mexico City. Obviously when it's raining you're bound to get wet. So take precautions, or arrive very early to claim one of the few covered seats. After the match we quickly got out of the stadium without any problems to take the metrobus back to central Mexico City.

Date visited: 18 September 2011 Match visited: Pumas UNAM-Toluca 4-1

Many people attend the matches of PUMAS, one of Mexico's most popular teams, with their hair still wet from showering.

We found the right stop by Metrobus. Finding the right way to get off and walk to the stadium wasn't hard as it just meant following the crowds in PUMAS gear.

Despite being initially courteous, many people were willing to help us by identifying different parts of the security screening process. We had to queue up for fifteen minutes before arriving at the front of the line and another ten minutes going through security checks and locating our seats. So it is best not to arrive late.

It is not allowed to carry any belts inside the stadium. Even though there is special service to guard your belt during the match - which is in fact reliable - you may feel uncomfortable at first giving off your belt (which happened to me at other matches). There are loads of salesmen around selling PUMAS jerseys and food and drinks.

Our tickets were for the long end of the stadium, which technically is the main stand. There is hardly any difference between the stands, so free seating on concrete benches was easy to find. Toluca played Pumas, no rival, so it was easy to find a place and get tickets.

The intense and rabid fans of PUMAS were spotted in the main stand, an unusual occurrence for Mexican football clubs. At no point did the atmosphere become confrontational, and the crowd appeared to be wealthier than at other clubs. They were all wearing PUMAS jerseys and chanting along with more common chants.

The match started with the university hymn and everyone singing along with their fist up in the air. One particular chant seemed to be the preference of most of the people. There was also the typical Latin American salsa type of band playing along. The atmosphere was nice, but there wasn't anything too exciting about it. Maybe it was because it was an hour late?

Obviously, when it's raining you're bound to get wet. So take precautions or arrive early to claim one of the few covered seats.

After the match, we quickly got out of the stadium without any problems and took the metrobus back to central Mexico City.

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The Universidad de Chile's iconic stadium, Estadio Olimpico Universitario, officially opened on 20 November 1952. The first match, an American football match, was played nine days later. Over the next sixty-five years, the stadium hosted a variety of sports events and concerts, some of which are still remembered by Chilean fans to this day.

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