's principal stadium
and the home venue of the local team Cienciano
. The stadium was named after the Peruvian mestizo Inca Garcilaso de la Vega
and inaugurated in 1960, with an initial capacity of 30,000. It is owned by the Instituto Peruano del Deporte.
The increase in spectator capacity came after CONMEBOL
to host the Copa América 2004
, prompting the Peruvian government to invest in a five-million dollar renovation program for its stadia, including the Estadio Garcilaso de la Vega. Its renovation cost approximately $1,720,000, which helped boost its official spectator capacity to 42,056. The stadium ended up hosting the third place game of the Copa América 2004. Thanks to the event, the city of Cusco
received even more tourists than it already receives as Peru's top tourist destination.
The Estadio Garcilaso de la Vega is also recognized as one of the most beautiful stadiums in all of South America. This recognition is due to its well-maintained grass and its resistance to the sometimes aggressive and highly variable climate of the city of Cuzco. The awe is the stadium's perpetual beauty even after these climates. It is this resistive beauty that inspires soccer commentators and visitors alike.