The New Maracana Soccer Stadium in the Panama Coastal Strip III


In Panama we love sports.  Baseball, soccer, and basketball are the most popular, but there are other sports practiced here  like surfing, ping pong, wrestling, horse racing, cycling and so on and so forth.

In baseball we have left our mark in the Major Leagues.  Names like Mariano Rivera, Carlos “Calicho” Ruiz, Héctor López, Carlos Lee and Rod Carew are renowned in the United States.  Mano de Piedra Duran is a living boxing legend well-known the world over.

In an effort to offer the practice of soccer in the poor neighborhood of El Chorrillo, the Panama government decided to build a modern soccer stadium at the Cinta Costera III.  I’m referring to the Maracana Stadium.

Besides being a modern sports complex, Maracaná stadium features an enviable panoramic view.  From a sector of the stadium, you can see part of the Pacific Ocean in the background, the historic Cerro Ancón with a majestic Panamanian flag.  The stadium is designed to house more than 5, 500 fans.

This new stadium is one of the works carried out as part of the Coastal 3 which allow the interconnection of Chorrillo , Barraza, San Felipe and Santa Ana with the rest of the city of Panama. Its reconstruction is worth $8 million.

The Maracaná Stadium was inaugurated on April 11, 2014 in the neighborhood of El Chorrillo, with the presence of former Brazilian soccer stars, such as Rivaldo, Dunga, Careca, Bebeto, Viola and Ronaldo.

Below are several pictures of this modern sports venue specially built for the neighborhood of El Chorrillo in Panama City, Panama.  Take a look.

Snapshot of the Maracana Stadium on the right hand side of the picture and the Bridge of the Americas, originally known as the Thatcher Ferry Bridge on the background. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Notice the lush tropical vegetation in front of the stadium. All of this area was part of the Panama Bay covered with water. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

Oh, one last thing. In Spanish the name for soccer is fútbol, very similar to football in English.  Good Day.

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