Estadio Morelos is a football stadium located along Periférico Independencia, in the Independencia sector, in northwest Morelia, Michoacán, México. It's the site of professional football teams, Monarcas Morelia in the top division of Mexican football and Monarcas Primera A in the league under that. This structure holds various events, such as concerts and religious gatherings and mass. Its official name Estadio José Marí­a Morelos y Pavón was put in place to honor this hero of the Mexican War of Independence The stadium has an irregular shape, because the areas behind the goals only have one level and 32 stands, along the side there are 4 levels (one grandstand, one other seating area and 2 box areas) and 49 stands. The total capacity of seated spectators is 41,500 making it the seventh largest stadium in Mexico, only behind Estadio Azteca, Estadio Olí­mpico Universitario, Estadio Jalisco, Estadio Omnilife, Estadio Cuauhtémoc and Estadio Universitario.

The city of Morelia before the existence of this structure, counted on the Estadio Venustiano Carranza as the home of first division side, Atlético Morelia, currently Monarcas Morelia. In 1984, 2 years before the 1986 FIFA World Cup held in Mexico, it was officially announced that Morelia would be one of the sites for the tournament, and a scale model of the new stadium was shown, very similar in capacity and structure to the Estadio Corregidora of Santiago de Querétaro, and would be located in the Southeast of the city, on the current grounds of the sport unit of Adolfo López Mateos. Excavation work soon began but problems in the foundation led to the suspension of the work and no other sites were sought. The World Cup site was transferred to the Estadio Sergio León Chavez, in Irapuato. Following the league tournaments of 1986-1987 1987-1988, despite not reaching the finals, the local side put on 2 brilliant displays in the liguilla. Demand for the new structure resurged. A group of Michoacan businessmen led by Luis ílvarez Barreiro, and with support from the new governor, Luis Martí­nez Villicaña, created a pro-construction sponsorship which was financed privately by ticket sales. At the conclusion of the construction, the sponsorship was handed over to the state of Michoacan. The stadium will be one of the venues for the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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