Estadio Cuauhtémoc

Estadio Cuauhtémoc is a football stadium in Puebla, Puebla (110 kilometres east of Mexico City).

The stadium, which has a capacity of 42,648 seats, is the home of Puebla F.C., it's one of the best and very historical football stadium in Mexico, being currently the fifth biggest stadium in Mexico in term of its capacity. It belongs to other Puebla's team well known as Lobos de la BUAP. This stadium has hosted two football World Cups: 1970 FIFA World Cup and 1986 FIFA World Cup. The stadium is close to the Puebla-Veracruz highway, next door to the baseball stadium Estadio Hermanos Serdán.

The stadium is named after Cuauhtémoc, who was the last Aztec emperor.


Estadio Cuauhtémoc has been the home for Puebla FC for the last 40 years and has witness various national and international tournaments the stadium is located in Puebla, Puebla Mexico.the Stadium was design by the architect Pedro Ramírez Vázquez,who also designed el Estadio Azteca and the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. It was inaugurated on October 6, 1968 during the pre inauguration of the 1968 Summer Olympics.It takes its name from the Mexican brewery Cuauhtémoc-Moctezuma who paid for most of the construction.The stadium was constructed in 500 days with workers having 16-18 hour shifts in order to be done in time for the 1968 Olympic games. The stadium was inaugurated on October 6 1968 prior to the 1968 Summer Olympics games in a match between Mexico national football team and Czech Republic national football team in match that ended in a 1-1 draw.The first goal was scored by the Mexican player Isidoro Díaz the second goal was scored by the Czechoslovakian Stratil .The first league match was held against club America that dame year with tickets prices were as follow raging from 40.00 pesos to 10.00 pesos.

In its first years of existences the club had a capacity of 35,000 plus till the 1985 renovation due to the 1986 FIFA World Cup that was going to take place in Mexico for the second time.A moral that had been painted by Jesús Corro Ferrer which represented all the races around the world had to be cover up due to the renovation.The stadium has an official capacity for 42,648 all though on some occasions the stadium has had crowd attendance above 50,000 in concerts and special events.The Stadium is the 4th biggest and the tallest in Mexico behind the Estadio Jalisco in Jalisco. The stadium has hosted 2 Primera División de México finals. The first came in the 1982-83 tournament when Puebla FC defeated C.D. Guadalajara in a on of the best finals in league history , were the final was send to a penalty shoot were Puebla s player Enrique Fernandez scored the final goal giving Puebla FC its first league title.

The second final was played in the 1989-90 tournament against Club Universidad de Guadalajara where Puebla managed beat the club from Jalisco 4-3.The stadium has also hosted the now defunct Copa Mexico tournament which the club managed to win in 1990 in the Estadio Cuauhtémoc and so becoming just the 5 stadium to host both finals were the home team came out victorious.

The stadium has also hosted club international tournaments such as the CONCACAF Champions League and Copa Interamericana.In 2008 the stadium was supposed to host its first Copa Sudamericana tournament but did not after the CONCACAF decided to pull out of all CONMEBOL competitions due to the clubs lack of interests in the domestic conference tournaments.

1970 FIFA World Cup

El Estadio Cuauhtémoc was home to Uruguay national football team in this world cup.In the first game on June 2, 1970 Uruguay defeated Israel 2-0.The second match was against Italy were the teams draw a 0-0.The third match was against Sweden were Uruguay fell 1-0.Important players played in this games such as Sandro Mazzola and Luigi Riva who would go on to play that cup final against Brazil which they lost 4-1.

1986 FIFA World Cup

In 1986 Mexico hosted the 13th world cup becoming the first country to ever host the world cup for a second time. This came to be when Colombia announced in 1983 that they weren't going to be available to organize the tournament and pull back.

In this World Cup, Puebla played a bigger role than the previous one in 1970.This time the defending cup champions Italy made El Estadio Cuauhtémoc home. Italy played against Argentina on July 5, 1986 were they tied 1-1 with a goal from the football legend Diego Armando Maradona. The second game was against Korea Republic national football team who Italy managed to defeat 3-2.

In quarter finales Argentina defeated Uruguay in a classic South American game 1-0 in El Estadio Cuauhtémoc played on June 5, 1986.In Quarterfinals the stadium hosted the match between Spain and Belgium where after 90 minuets the match ended in a 1-1 draw which would send them to overtime.The match would have to go to as penalty shoot out after no one score in the over time quarters.Van der Elst would score the final and decisive goal which would send Belgium to the final.In that match the stadium register the biggest crowd with an attendance of 45.000.

Matches from world cups and Olympic games
Tournaments Held
National Competition
  • Primera División de México
  • Segunda División de México
  • Primera A tournament
  • Copa Mexico
  • Campeón de Campeones
International Competition
  • 1968 Summer Olympics
  • 1970 FIFA World Cup
  • 1983 FIFA World Youth Championship
  • 1986 FIFA World Cup
  • CONCACAF Champions League
  • Copa Interamericana

Building Activity