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Estadio Guillermo Soto Rosa

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Estadio Olímpico Guillermo Soto Rosa
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Location VenezuelaVenezuela Mérida, Venezuela
Coordinates 8° 36′ 0″ N, 71° 9′ 0″ WCoordinates 8° 36′ 0″ N, 71° 9′ 0″ W
Owner City of Mérida
Opening 5. September 1969
Surface Natural grass
Capacity 16.500 seats
Playing surface 105 × 68 m
Club(s)
  • Estudiantes de Mérida (1971-2005)
  • Universidad de Los Andes FC (since 1977)

The Estadio Guillermo Soto Rosa (full Spanish name: Estadio Olímpico Guillermo Soto Rosa) is a football stadium in the Venezuelan city of Mérida, capital of the state of the same name. It has a capacity of 16,500 spectators and serves as the home ground of the football club Universidad de Los Andes FC.[1]

History

The Estadio Guillermo Soto Rosa in Mérida, with more than two hundred thousand inhabitants the largest city and also capital of the state of the same name in western Venezuela, was completed in 1969 and opened on 5 September of that year. When the Estudiantes de Mérida football club was founded two years later, the Estadio Guillermo Soto Rosa, named after Guillermo Soto Rosa, a football player from Mérida, became the club’s home stadium. Estudiantes played its home games here from 1971 until 2005. On the occasion of the Copa América 2007, which Venezuela had secured for itself, a larger stadium was built in Mérida, the Estadio Metropolitano de Mérida. In 2005, Estudiantes de Mérida, themselves two-time Venezuelan football champions, moved to the new 42,200-seater stadium

Thus, only the other important club from Mérida, Universidad de Los Andes FC, played at the Estadio Guillermo Soto Rosa. ULA FC was founded in 1977 and has won the Venezuelan championship twice and the national cup once. The club currently play in the third-tier Segunda División B, having spent a number of years in the lower divisions of Venezuelan football due to a re-foundation

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Individual references

  1. Stadium in Venezuela.In: worldstadiums.com. Retrieved 8 November 2020 (English).