Costa Rica's Shiny New Bauble

The next time either Mexico or the US play a game in Costa Rica, it probably won’t be at the Saprissa. Good news for the US, as they won’t have to visit that house of horrors anymore. Mexico, of course, will have to continue the tradition of beating the Ticos at their new house.

The Chinese Government, through Anhui Foreign Economic Construction, built the stadium at a cost of around $85 million US. The firm has impressive track record, erecting everything from airports, to resorts, and yes, stadia. Their portfolio includes stadia in Grenada and Togo.

The Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica is easily the most modern in Central America, will seat 35,000 for futbol, and will have capacity of 50,000 for concerts. It was also completed in less than two years. Costa Rica has planned a week of events to christen the new stadium. The stadium’s playing surface is grass, unlike Saprissa’s sport turf.

The first event will be a friendly between Costa Rica and China on March 26. Argentina comes to town a few days later, and the week of events will conclude with a Shakira concert.

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