Estadio George CapwellEdit profile
Estadio George Capwell is a multi-purpose stadium in Guayaquil, Ecuador. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is the home stadium of Emelec.
Several years after the creation of the Empresa Eléctrica del Ecuador sports club, its founder, George Lewis Capwell, decided that it was time for the club to have its own baseball stadium. In 1942, Guayaquil's municipal authorities donated four city-blocks for the construction of the first private sports stadium in Ecuador. A year later in 1943, Emelec's staff officially named and initiated the construction of the George Capwell Stadium. The George Capwell Stadium opened its doors for the first time on October 21, 1945. The inaugural game was a baseball match between Emelec and Oriente, and George Capwell played as a catcher for the "Azules". Although Emelec's president did not like football and their stadium was not initially intended to be a football field, the first football match was held at the stadium soon soon after the inauguration. Emelec won 5 - 4 against an all-star team from the cities of Manta and Bahía de Caráquez. The 1947 South American Championship was held exclusively at George Capwell Stadium, and an undefeated Argentina became South America's champion with an all-star team that included names like Alfredo Di Stefano, Lostau, and Mendez. Ecuador finished in 6th place. After the birth of Guayaquil's Estadio Modelo, George Capwell Stadium was closed for many years because it became obsolete. In several occasions, it was almost destroyed for various projects that luckily for the club were never actually completed. It wasn't until 1991, under the leadership of Nassib Nehme, that the George Capwell Stadium was reopened to become once again the house of Emelec. Since its reopening the stadium has been enlarged twice and a new and final change has been scheduled for 2011, to reach a final capacity of 45,000 spectators. At the moment the official capacity of the stadium according to the FEF ( Federación Ecuatoriana de Fútbol) is 24,019 spectators.