For the Colombian stadium of the same name, see Estadio Centenario (Armenia, Colombia).
Estadio Centenario
Full name Estadio Centenario
Location 22x20px URU Montevideo Uruguay
Coordinates 34°53′40″S 56°9′10″W / 34.89444°S 56.15278°W / -34.89444; -56.15278Coordinates: 34°53′40″S 56°9′10″W / 34.89444°S 56.15278°W / -34.89444; -56.15278

Broke ground 21 July 1929
Built 1929–1930 (8 months)
Opened July 18 1930
Owner Departmental Government of Montevideo
Operator AUFI
Surface Grass
Construction cost $ 1,000,000
Architect Juan Antonio Scasso
Capacity 65,235
Record attendance 93,000 (Uruguay-Yugoslavia, 27 July 1930)
Field dimensions 105 x 86 m

Estadio Centenario is a stadium in Parque Batlle, Montevideo, Uruguay, used primarily for football. The stadium was built between 1929 and 1930 to host the 1930 FIFA World Cup, as well as to commemorate the centennial of Uruguay's first constitution. It is listed by FIFA as one of the football world's classic stadiums, along with the likes of Maracanã, Wembley Stadium, San Siro, Estadio Azteca, and Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.[1] On July 18, 1983 was declared by FIFA as The only historical monument of World Football, the only building of its kind (worldwide).

The Uruguayan national team has always been a threat when playing in their home stadium, consistently beating top teams. Even the top ranked Brazil national football team has only managed 3 wins in 20 opportunities, although only one was an official match.


The Centenario is one of the most important stages in the development of sports in South America and international football. It was built especially for the organization of the 1930 FIFA World Cup, by immigrant workers in a record time of 9 months. Its name originates from the celebration of 100 years of the swearing in of the first Constitution of Uruguay.

At first, in the Centenario would be made all World Cup matches. However, heavy rains in Montevideo prevented the end of the construction of the stadium, so that several matches had to be made in the Pocitos Stadium of Club Atlético Peñarol, and the Parque Central of Club Nacional de Football. It was inaugurated on July 18 of 1930 in the match between Uruguay and Peru, gaining victory skyblue selection by 1 - 0, with a goal of Hector "Manco" Castro.[2]

The end of the World cup faced Uruguay and Argentina, with Uruguay winning 4-2.[3] Since then, the Centenario was the seat of Copa America (1942, 1956, 1967 1995), two South American Youth Championship (1979, 2003), a South American Under-17 Football Championship (1999) and Mundialito 1980.


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Aside from the Uruguayan national team, any football club can rent the stadium for its home games.[4] Peñarol has done that for nearly every game in the past years,[5] while Nacional rents it for some international games.[6] In the case of other Uruguayan teams, they often decide to play there against both Peñarol and Nacional.[5][6]


The stadium has four Grandstand separated by four lanes. The main one is the Olympic Tribune (and lower Platea known as Olympic), which is named so because the team had won two Olympic championships in a row (1924 and 1928). This has a maximum capacity of 21,648 spectators located in the three rings and the audience.[7] Then there are the popular, so called because they are sold cheaper, these are: the Colombes, in honor of the town of France in which the national team became olympic champions 1924 and Amsterdam, because it was where the celeste were crowned Olympic champions for the second time in 1928. The Grandstand Colombes accommodates 16,414 spectators while the Amsterdam accommodates 16,423. The America Tribune is parallel to the Olympic one. This are the boxes VIP and the boxes of journalists that has room for 1,882 spectators, as well as the platform has room for 2,911 spectators audience, the Grandstand also has room for 5,957 people.

Football museumEdit

The tower of the stadium houses the football museum.[8][9]

1930 FIFA World CupEdit

The stadium was built as the main host stadium for the 1930 World Cup. The stadium hosted every team in the competition in 10 matches, including both semi-finals and the final. Below is the list of the matches played at Centenario during the 1930 World Cup.

Group 3 match

18 July 1930
Uruguay 22x20px 1 – 0 22x20px Peru Estadio Centenario, Montevideo
Attendance: ~85,000
Referee: Langenus (Belgium)
Castro Goal 65' (Report)

Group 1 match

19 July 1930
Chile 22x20px 1 – 0 22x20px France Estadio Centenario, Montevideo
Attendance: ~50,000
Referee: Tejada (Uruguay)
Subiabre Goal 65' (Report)

Group 1 match

19 July 1930
Argentina 22x20px 6 – 3 22x20px Mexico Estadio Centenario, Montevideo
Attendance: ~50,000
Referee: Saucedo (Bolivia)
Stábile Goal 8'45'80'
Zumelzú Goal 12'55'
Varallo Goal 53'
(Report) M. Rosas Goal 42' (pen.)65'
Gayón Goal 75'

Group 2 match

20 July 1930
Brazil 22x20px 4 – 0 22x20px Bolivia Estadio Centenario, Montevideo
Attendance: ~12,000
Referee: Balway (France)
Moderato Goal 37'73'
Preguinho Goal 57'83'

Group 4 match

20 July 1930
Paraguay 22x20px 1 – 0 22x20px Belgium Estadio Centenario, Montevideo
Attendance: ~12,000
Referee: Vallarino (Uruguay)
Vargas Peña Goal 40' (Report)

Group 3 match

21 July 1930
Uruguay 22x20px 4 – 0 22x20px Romania Estadio Centenario, Montevideo
Attendance: ~80,000
Referee: Rege (Brazil)
Dorado Goal 7'
Scarone Goal 26'
Anselmo Goal 31'
Cea Goal 35'

Group 1 match

22 July 1930
Argentina 22x20px 3 – 1 22x20px Chile Estadio Centenario, Montevideo
Attendance: ~35,000
Referee: Langenus (Belgium)
Stábile Goal 12'39'
M. Evaristo Goal 81'
(Report) Subiabre Goal 15'

Semi-final match

26 July 1930
Argentina 22x20px 6 – 1 22x20px United States Estadio Centenario, Montevideo
Attendance: ~60,000
Referee: Langenus (Belgium)
Monti Goal 20'
Scopelli Goal 56'
Stábile Goal 69'87'
Peucelle Goal 80'85'
(Report) Brown Goal 89'

Semi-final match

27 July 1930
Uruguay 22x20px 6 – 1 Template:Country data Kingdom of Yugoslavia Estadio Centenario, Montevideo
Attendance: ~80,000
Referee: Rege (Brazil)
Cea Goal 18'67'72'
Anselmo Goal 20'31'
Iriarte Goal 61'
(Report) Sekulić Goal 4'

Final match

30 July 1930
Uruguay 22x20px 4 – 2 22x20px Argentina Estadio Centenario, Montevideo
Attendance: ~93,000
Referee: Langenus (Belgium)
Dorado Goal 12'
Cea Goal 57'
Iriarte Goal 68'
Castro Goal 89'
(Report) Peucelle Goal 20'
Stábile Goal 37'

Concerts Edit

The stadium has held numerous concerts by both national and international artists such as:[10]


References Edit

3. Gigapan Estadio Centenario.

External linksEdit

Preceded by
FIFA World Cup
Final Venue

Succeeded by
Stadio del PNF
Preceded by
Estadio Nacional de Chile
South American Championship
Final Venue

Succeeded by
Estadio Nacional de Chile
Preceded by
Estadio Monumental Isidro Romero Carbo
Copa América
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Succeeded by
Estadio Hernando Siles
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