The Costa Rica National Stadium, the first world-class sports arena, and stadium built in Central America. The stadium opened to the public on March 26, 2011. Now is the home of Costa Rica’s national football team.
The stadium was a gift from the People’s Republic of China to the Republic of Costa Rica. Given as a “thank you” to Costa Rica for breaking allegiance with Taiwan to ally with China. In fact, China did not have many allies in Central America. So when Costa Rica chose to hold out a hand in friendship, China pulled out all of the stops for their new partner. They offered to gift them with a brand new stadium! The Chinese government financed the construction of the stadium, which began in March 2009 and was completed in 2011.
The stadium seats 35,175, on four levels and hosts an impressive VIP section. It has one 1,700 square foot high-definition screen in the south of the stadium. Also a smaller regular screen, and another display in the north section. It cost $100 million, paid by the Anhui Foreign Economic Construction who imported 800 Chinese workers to complete the job.
The first match held in the stadium was a friendly game played against China. Followed two days later by another huge battle against Argentina. The inaugural week closed by a sold-out concert with Colombian star Shakira. Since then the stadium has been host to World Cup matches, as well as other sporting events, and has attracted major international talents for concerts such as Sirs Paul McCartney and Elton John, and Guns n Roses.