The success of the National Football Championship was held at Noviembre Stadium in the late 1970s, reminiscent of the idea of having a new stadium in the minds of some sports writers. Seeing that Borunda Park is not enough for the event.
What followed was a project that merged with the construction of the Benito Juárez Olympic Stadium, which opened on May 12, 1981. Today, by the age of 40, the tablecloth is already very long.
For those who played on the sports fountain yesterday, it is customary to meet in the restaurant of a luxury hotel in the morning or evening, recalling Armando Muro, who has always been one of the initiators of new stadium projects. Work for the gym. The newspaper El Fronterizo, played for El Heraldo de Chihuahua and Esto for 28 years.
“This is the idea of sports writers, including Ramón Guzmán from USPOST of El Frontariozo, so we have a friendly relationship with President José López Portillo and we ask him to step in to build the stadium,” Muro said.
“There is a football national here, brothers Segismundo and Antonio Vadía San Martín from Tec de Juárez (Tec de Juárez) participated in the game. I don’t remember it was in the 77s. It was still in the ’78s, but it was very successful. Many people stayed outside on November 20th. Since then, people have been asked to build a new stadium,” Muro said.
Soon after the stadium opened, the stadium was lent to the city of Juarez, and Muro was the first head of the stadium. Muro is the director of the Bureau of Physical Education.
“Then there was a political problem: in 1983, Francisco Barrio won the post of mayor, and they didn’t want him to manage it, so they handed it over to UACJ, and the principal Enrique Villarreal (Enrique Villarreal) appointed Juan González (Juan González) to manage it, costs and maintenance, and informally with Federico de la Vega lent them to Cobras de Juárez”.
Muro recalled that the budget for the construction of “Benito Juarez” was 350 million pesos. “At that time, I thought that 50% was borne by the state government and the remaining 50% was borne by the federal government.”
The work was done by engineer Rafael González, although Muro pointed out that several changes were made, and in the end they didn’t even know whose design it was, because the work was originally for Toluca ( Toluca) designed.
“Our idea has always been to make the stadium a representative of the community, thanks to the success of football, we see talents in Juarez, so we hope to serve the Juarez Stadium, football and track and the inauguration of the governor Harangue pointed out that this is to develop and promote the Juarez movement.
Among the sports writers Muro remembered at the time, one of the ideas involved in this project was Carlos Rubén Delgado of the radio station; Polo Veristaín of La Afición ) Ramón Guzmán; Raymundo Cordero Casimiro from El Fronterizo; Sergio Montenegro Yonécura, Raúl Martínez, photographer of El Correo; Photographer from El Correo Héctor’Indio’Villarreal of Javier Esparza; Broadcasting directors of Central Radio Guillermo Trazas Villanuyeva and Antonio Carmona have five or six stations.
“In addition to the impulse that Tec de Juárez gave us through Professor Narciso Estrada, Jesús Villagómez, the founder of Juárez Infant and Youth Football League, gave us support. Ernesto Prieto’s basketball in Chihuahua and Felipe del Hierro of the national basketball team has a long history and he helped us from other leagues.
-How did you feel when you finally saw the stadium being built?
“I’m very happy that even the stadium’s doors are opened for everyone. The university lent physical education teachers and people from the city government, these people have elementary schools and calendars to help the elderly, they are surprised to set foot on the track of the game. A women’s football team has also made a schedule so that the finals of each category of league will be held in the stadium.
The inauguration ceremony was held in October 1980. President López Portillo attended the match, but in the friendly match between the Mexican national team and Atletico Madrid, the inauguration continued until May 12 of the following year. day.
Although the game ended with zero goals in the sports chronicles then and today, there are often rumors that the first goal was scored by the chronicler and broadcaster Héctor’El Indio’Villarreal. The host of the party.
The stories are very different, but when pointing out that “Indio” saw him failing to say a score at a certain point, he asked how they were doing and answered that Mexico won 1 and they all overlapped. 0, announced by local voice, amazed fans.
Benito Juárez (Benito Juárez) has witnessed hundreds of football matches of various types, and has received 3 times from the first division, the missing Cobra and Indeo teams and the current brave team.
But the stadium is also the site of cultural events. For example, the 2009 Chihuahua International Art Festival closed. Sara Brightman’s performance was witnessed by 35,000 people. They enjoyed concerts and fireworks displays for three hours.
Remember the speeches of Caifanes and Maná in 2011, the speeches of Luis Miguel in 2012, and the speeches of other singers such as Oscar deLeón and Yuri.
At the beginning of 2016, Pope Francis visited this border, very close to “Benito” is “El Punto” (El Punto), the Supreme Pope presided over a mass, but also visited the stadium, Thousands of parishioners gathered here and screened the curtain after the ceremony.
On political issues, one of the most memorable events was Juan Gabriel’s 2006 speech when Francisco Labastida, who was running for president at the time, closed.
Benito Juarez Stadium
Location: Heroico Military Academy 51
Working budget: 350 million pesos
Current capacity: 19,703
Location: UACJ and FC Bravos de Juárez teams
Opening date: May 12, 1981
The first football match: Mexico 0, Atletico Madrid 0
First-class football team: Cobras, Indians and Braves
Concerts to remember: Sara Brightman at the Chihuahua International Music Festival in 2009; Caifanes and Maná in 2011; Luis Miguel in 2012
Other activities: In 2006, under the introduction of Juan Gabriel (Juan Gabriel) ended the San Francisco Labastida movement (Francisco Labastida); Pope Francis visited in 2016
Anecdote: Sports writer Héctor’El Indio’ Villarreal is considered the number one scorer in the stadium