Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos

  • CF Universidad de Chile
  • Chilean national football team
  • Football World Cup 1962
  • Junior World Cup 1987
  • Campeonato Sudamericano 1941
  • Campeonato Sudamericano 1945
  • Campeonato Sudamericano 1955
  • Copa América 1991
  • Campeonato Sudamericano de Campeones 1948
  • Final of the Copa Libertadores in 1965, 1966, 1967, 1974, 1976, 1982, 1987, 1993
  • Final of the Copa Sudamericana 2006
  • Basketball World Championship 1953 ( Women's )
  • Basketball World Championship 1959 ( Men )
  • Finals in Tennis Davis Cup in 1976
  • IAAF World Junior Championships 2000
  • South America Games 1986
  • South America Games 2014

The Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez de Chile Prádanos, short Estadio Nacional de Chile, is the national stadium of Chile and is located in the Comuna ñuñoa in the Chilean capital Santiago de Chile, Región Metropolitana. It is a comprehensive 64 acre sports complex with several stages, including football, tennis and a velodrome.


The main stadium holds 48 665 spectators and today was built in 1937-1938 according to the model of Berlin's Olympic stadium. In 1962, the final of the football World Cup was held there.

After the 1973 coup by General Augusto Pinochet, the complex more than three months was used as a concentration camp for political prisoners. Today, the professional team of CF Universidad de Chile and the Chilean national soccer team playing in the stadium.

On 5 July 2008, the Estadio Nacional de Chile was officially renamed Estadio Nacional de Chile Julio Martínez Prádanos in honor of the deceased on 2 January 2008 sports journalists Julio Martínez Prádanos.

Detention junta

After the coup, there were mass arrests of members and supporters of the ousted government, left-wing parties and trade unions. Public buildings such as stadiums, conference halls and schools were converted to concentration camps, including the Estadio Nacional in which alone more than 40,000 detainees were interned. The main stadium was used as a prison for male prisoners, while in pool women were interned. Changing rooms, toilets and the velodrome used for interrogation and torture. The Valech Commission also published details. Unlike commonly reported in the German media, Víctor Jara was not killed at the Estadio Nacional, but at the Estadio Chile, which bears the name Estadio Víctor Jara since 2004.

In November 1973, shortly before the scheduled World Cup qualifying match against the Soviet Union, the detention center at the Estadio Nacional was dissolved.

World Cup qualifier against the Soviet Union

The return match was to take place against the selection of the Soviet Union, but they traveled on the ground not on, the stadium was converted into a concentration camp after the coup. The Chileans came on 21 November 1973 alone on the court, so the game was scored 2-0 for Chile.


On 15 June 2009 the then Chilean President Michelle Bachelet announced that it wants $ chil (of which 20 billion for the stadium ) renovate and roof over the entire complex with the Estadio Nacional de Chile for 24 billion. The renovation project includes the complete roofing of the stands. A new style is applied to the ranks. It is a modern scoreboard installed and the security fences are removed and replaced by a 2 meters deep and 2.5 meters wide ditch. As the stadium is a listed building, the façade remains unchanged.

For the construction work, the venue on August 15, 2009 has been closed. The construction was performed in two phases. After the match, the roof is built. The earthquake in Chile in 2010 the construction of the roof of the current president Sebastián Piñera was initially postponed due to financial resources not sure were available. The stadium itself wore it only minor damage from the earthquake. In September 2010, the venue was reopened. The roof was planned but not realized.


The stadium at night

Aerial view

The stadium in time of the coup in 1973

Panoramic view