Completed to mark 100 years of Uruguay’s constitution and the 1930 World Cup, Estadio Centenario is still a spectacular place for an afternoon of football. On the edge of Parque Batlle in Montevideo, this arena seats up to 65,000 who come to see a variety of local teams and international matches. The stadium is showing its years, and will need major restoration work if it is to host the 2030 World Cup, which Uruguayans have assured me will be here to mark the centennial of football’s premier global event.

Tours are available during the week; most games occur on weekends. The cubist murals that ring the stadium, its art deco tower on the Olympic grandstand and a museum are all worth checking out. But experiencing the stadium is best done by watching a match. Several teams, including the venerable Peñarol, schedule games at Estadio Centenario throughout the season. You can check out the Uruguay Football Association (Asociación Uruguaya de Futbol) for information on games. For 150 to 200 pesos, it is great way to spend an afternoon. It was a sparse but boisterous crowd the day I ventured to see a match: Rentistas defeated River Plate, 2-0.

Currently an excellent exhibit of photographs from the 1930 World Cup, including images of Estadio Centenario’s construction, are on display at Centro de Fotografía (CdF) in Montevideo’s centro.

Image credits: Leon Kaye

 

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One of the many stunning murals ringing the stadium

 

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View of the pitch at Estadio Centenario

 

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One of the world's five grand monuments to football

 

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The Olympic Grandstand

 

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Thin crowds on a rainy day, but still festive

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Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of GreenGoPost.com. Based in California, he specializes in social media consulting and strategic communications. A journalist and writer since 2009, his work has appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Areas of interest include the <a Middle East, sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at leon@greengopost.com. You can also reach out via Twitter (Leon Kaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). Since 2013, he has spent much of his time in Abu Dhabi, UAE, working with Masdar, the emirate's renewable energy company. He lives in Fresno, California.