Estádio Cícero Pompeu de Toledo
is a stadium
in São Paulo
, home of São Paulo Futebol Clube
and its formal name honors Cícero Pompeu de Toledo
, who was São Paulo FC's chairman during most of the stadium construction, and died before its inauguration.
The stadium was designed by the architect João Batista Vilanova Artigas
It is also a football venue of the 2016 Summer Olympics
In the early years of its existence, São Paulo FC used for their headquarters and home field the Finca Forest, located beside the Bridge of Flags next to Tietê river in the center of São Paulo. This is why their home is referred to as the São Paulo da Floresta during the club's first incarnation, from January 1930 until May 1935.
When the club was refounded in December 1935, it had its own field until 1938, when the union with Estudantes Paulista gave São Paulo possession of the Bristol stadium belonging to Antarctica.
In 1944, São Paulo bought a piece of ground called Canindé, which was only used as a headquarters and training location. The area was too small for the construction of a large stadium, so studies were done to find another home within the city of São Paulo.
The initial idea was a location in the Ibirapuera Park. The region was subject to flooding, and then Alderman Quadros prevented the club from moving there. Instead, an area in the region of Morumbi was chosen. Virtually uninhabited at the time,... Read More