9 Things You Didn’t Know About Azteca Stadium

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Enthusiasm in Mexico City is high for the August 12th US vs Mexico World Cup qualifier.

According to SoccerAmerica.com, “Azteca Stadium is already sold out to its 105,000 capacity for the Aug. 12 qualifier.”

Azteca Stadium is widely considered one of the most intimidating soccer stadiums on Earth so the Men’s National team will have to battle.

To better understand what it will be like for the US Men’s national team on August 12th check out 9 Things You Didn’t Know About Azteca Stadium after the jump!

• Was the primary venue for association football at the 1968 Summer Olympics.

• The only stadium ever to host two FIFA World Cup final matches, in 1970 and 1986.

• Home to both the “Hand of God goal” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argentina_v_England_(1986)#Hand_of_God and the “Goal of the Century http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argentina_v_England_(1986)#Goal_of_the_Century”.

•  a capacity of 105,000,, it is the largest stadium in Mexico and fifth largest in the world

• The opening game was between Club América and Torino F.C. on May 26, 1966

• The first night game was on June 5, 1966 between Valencia C.F. and Necaxa

• The first goal was scored was by Brazilian Arlindo Dos Santos Cruz.

• The site where Pelé, and Diego Maradona lifted The Jules Rimet Trophy and the current FIFA World Cup Trophy for the last time.

• Largest crowd: 132,247 spectators on 20 February 1993 when Julio Cesar Chavez fought Greg Haugen

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