Atacama Desert in the heart of Chile. The driest place on the planet, the site where they have been counted 400 years without a drop. Where to be five or ten years without rain is normal in the world, another for ordinary something. Unknown by many, in recent times over Dakar rally puts it in January in the main news of the world.
Oddly enough because there is a team of Chilean football Primera Division that enjoys above have the luxury of having the biggest stadium in the world, not their ability, but because it is never crowded. It is the cobresal, the mining camp of El Salvador is located in the town of Diego de Almagro, in the Atacama Region. And the stadium in question, Copper, capable 20.752 people, three times more than the existing population in El Salvador.
The history of this stadium dates back to the late 70. El Salvador wanted to join the Chilean professional football and one of the requirements was to build a stadium in line to play games at the highest level. Without thinking twice, the inhabitants of the area with Codelco contributions and community involvement in El Salvador rose a work which opened in 1980 and that had an initial capacity of 7.000 people, the 100% population. The hardest part was not building itself, but curiously, transport and subsequent maintenance of natural grass, given the dry conditions and the difficulty of arrival in the area.
The enclosure has no frills and even 1999 got light sources provided to accommodate television broadcasts. Cobresal Sports Club has only one official title in Chile, a successful Cup 1987 with players like Ivan Zamorano, While the team has participated in the Copa Libertadores, something that made that would expand its size to today 20.000 locations. Its traditional rival is Cobreloa, who dispute the so-called classic copper. During the eighties with Regional Atacama disputed the classic called the Third Region.
Regarding the Estadio El Cobre must say that besides all these factors described above has another consequence of the above. It never has filled, something that has earned him to have the Malnombre of “The world's largest stadium”.
*This post would not be possible without the contribution of Ryoga Toro, who gave us such an exciting story in our article larger cities stadiums.