The Estadio Nacional (National Stadium)
of Peru is the national sports stadium in the country. It was inaugurated on October 27, 1952 and has a capacity for 45,574 spectators. Many people, even sportswriters, refer to the stadium as the "Estadio Nacional Jose Diaz," despite the fact that is is not actually the stadium's official name, but actually the name of one of the surrounding streets.
It is a multi-purpose stadium
located in Lima
with a capacity of 48,000. Inaugurated on October 27, 1952, it is Peru's principal and national stadium
and a venue for three of the six Copa América
football competitions held in Peru. It is referred to as the Estadio Coloso de José Díaz due to the street on which it is located. It is the home ground of the Peru national football team
and several football clubs in Lima. It replaced the Stadium Nacional (Viejo Estadio Nacional
) that was torn down to make way for the Nacional; the Stadium Nacional hosted the earlier three South American Competitions. The Estadio Nacional's purpose was to host the 1953 South American Championship
. It is owned by IPD (Peruvian Sport Institute), had an olympic running track, and has articial turf that was installed for the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Championship
. The stadium is undergoing renovations so it may seat 60,000 by 2011. It has the third largest capacity of any stadium in the city of Lima
; the stadiums that surpass the Nacional are the Estadio......