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The imposing stadium of Santiago, for the Copa America

Santiago del Estero has invested millions in the construction of the Estadio Único in order to promote football, shows and
Estadio Único de Santiago del Estero
| 31 January, 2020 |

The Argentine football world was surprised in recent days when, from the AFA, it was decided to replace the Bicentennial stadium of San Juan with a new one for the next Copa América 2020, which will take place in this country and Colombia. It is the Estadio Único de Santiago del Estero, which is built against the clock and is considered to be a marvel of architecture for many.

The challenge

The great stadium of Santiago was born several years ago, the agreement signed by the Government of that province with AFA was important. He motivated the governor Gerardo Zamora to raise the colossus by the promise of have great shows there. About such that it is also expected that it will be play there matches from the qualifiers for the Qatar World Cup. For this, Zamora disburses a fortune that allows to pay for the Estadio Único: almost 300 million pesos.

The project

Enrique Lombardi devised the project in 2010 and said: “The budget is not that of Europe, but it is important for Argentina”. “There was a contest and my work was chosen,” he said. But because of the situations economic of the country the work was postponed. In March last year was finished bidding and awarding and is now in full implementation.


Santiago del Estero is a province, as many others in our country, which year after year is hit by poverty and unemployment. Faced with this situation, society divided itself before the millionaire project of the Single Stadium. One party believes that it is not a priority work, while another considers it to be part of a tourist and commercial strategy.

“ It is a strategy that the province has to exploit with tourism. I don’t know the strategy of each province, but for the north east is going to be an important stadium,” Lombardi said. The Single Stadium guarantees not only football, but the structure for other shows.


The choice of Lombardi’s project as the winner of a contest was not difficult. The stadium was conceived on a site located on the northern coast of the city of Santiago del Estero, on the banks of the Dulce River. The land is surrounded by the Carretero Bridge, the Botanical Garden, and is connected to the Train to the Development by a station.

The project consists of a cylindrical stadium with stands fully covered, whose capacity is 28 thousand seated spectators. Includes VIP sectors, restaurant spaces and a covered parking lot with a capacity for 400 cars.

It will be one of the most modern in Argentina. In addition to the stadium was conceived with a main entrance square, a sports museum, area of press and a remarkable comfort in its accesses.


most important thing, too, is that the design meets FIFA, Conmeboland AFA standards, to play there any hierarchy match.


Due to its strategic location, the Provincial Single Stadium will be easily accessible, both from the capital city and from La Banda. He governor Zamora noted in an interview that the goal is to “conclude works in June 2020″.

The government of Santiago also reported that the strong bet on sports infrastructure will fulfill the dream of many Santiago. It is added to the four already existing, where major international sporting events take place: the International Race Track of Termas de Río Hondo, the Olympic Swimming Park, the BMX Supercross track and the 18-hole Golf Course in Termas.

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