Estadio Monumental David Arellano
Club: Colo-Colo | Opening: 1975 | Capacity: 47,000 seats
History and description
Estadio Monumental got built in the late 1950s. Colo-Colo was a club on the rise in the 1950s and its president Labán therefore decided that it needed a new club-owned stadium.
The president aimed for a stadium with 120,000 places that would be one of the playing venues of the 1962 World Cup. The club bought a site in the south of the city and building works began in 1957.
Works were for 75% completed when in 1960 an earthquake struck the country. The Chilean government subsequently decided to only play the World Cup in already finished stadiums and the other grounds got left unfinished.
It took the club 15 years to find the funds to continue construction. Estadio Monumental officially opened on the 20th of April 1975 with a match between Colo-Colo and Aviación (1-0).
The stadium, however, still lacked many facilities and soon proved unsuitable for use. After only 5 matches at Estadio Monumental, Colo-Colo moved back to Estadio Nacional.
The club kept striving to complete the stadium, but only 24 years later, after it had sold player Rubio to Bologna, sufficient funds were available to complete the stadium.
Estadio Monumental reopened on the 30th of September 1989 with a friendly against Peñarol (2-1).
The stadium recorded its highest attendance in 1992 during the derby with Universidad de Chile. A total of 69,305 people were witness of the game.
In the following years capacity got gradually reduced due to safety measures and the installation of proper seats in 2006.
Estadio Monumental will be one of the playing venues of the 2015 Copa América that is to be played in Chile.
Estadio Monumental is located in the south of Santiago, about 9 kilometres from its historic centre and a similar distance from the Providencia area. The stadium is situated practically next to large shopping mall Florida Center.
Estadio Monumental is probably best reached by metro. Station Pedrero lies next to the stadium and is served by trains from line 5. Line 5 can, among others, be boarded in the historic centre at Plaza de Armas or reached with a connection from the Providencia area.
Station Macul, served by line 4, is also within walking distance of the stadium (approximately 15 minutes).
There are furthermore buses that connect with the stadium. Bus 210 (toward Puente Alto) can be boarded on the south side of the historic centre on O’Higgins. Bus 213 (toward Sótero del Río) can be taken from Plaza Italia. Both pass the stadium on Av. Vicuña Mackenna.
Bus 102, 107, and 108 connect the stadium with destinations in the west of Santiago.
Bus 103 and 177 can be used to travel from Estadio Nacional to Estadio Monumental (or vice versa). Both lines also pass through the Providencia area (on Pedro de Valdivia).
Address: Av. Marathon 5300, Macul, Santiago de Chile
Tickets for Colo-Colo matches can generally be bought at the ticket windows of the stadium from a few days before the match. At times tickets can also be bought online through Feriaticket, or through any of Feriaticket’s sales outlets.
Tickets are not always available at the stadium on the day of the match (or right before the match), and it may therefore be wise to buy in pre-sale.
Prices depend on the opponent, but typically range from CH$ 6,000 for a seat behind the goal to CH$ 19,000 for a central seat at the main stand. Tickets are CH$ 1,000 cheaper in pre-sale.
Estadio Monumental houses the Colo-Colo museum. The museum opens on Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm (last entrance at 5:00 pm).
Entrance costs CH$ 2,000 on Wednesdays and CH$ 3,000 on any other day.
Colo-Colo also occasionally organises stadium tours. Tours only run on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, and cost CH$ 4,000 (museum included). Dates and hours are generally announced on the Colo-Colo official website.
For more information email email@example.com, or call +56 460 26 87.
Relevant Internet links
Colocolo.cl – Official website of Colo-Colo.
Chile.travel – The Santiago section of the official Chilean tourism website.
Metro.cl – Information on the Santiago metro.
Transantiago.cl – Santiago public transport information.