Sunday, June 13, 2010

Santa Fé - Estadio Brigadier General Estanislao López

Santa Fe recibiría a Los Pumas en agosto Reuters
In 2007 Argentina played its first ever international rugby match in the city of Santa Fé. The match was a tremendous success with Argentina defeating Ireland 22-20 in the Estadio Brigadier General Estanislao López in front of a large crowd. Despite the match taking place before the end of the French season, which meant Argentina had an understrength team, fans responded and got to see the home team begin its run which would result in a third place finish at France 2007 four months later.

The stadium was selected as one of three venues to host the 2010 IRB Junior World Cup alongside venues in Paraná and Rosario and hosted a total of 10 matches. The relatively close proximity of Rosario, Santa Fé and possibly Corrientes and Paraná means that the region could be used as a hub representing the north east of Argentina with connections between the potential venues being simple which would make it easy for visiting fans and for competing teams alike.

With a capacity of up to 47,000 the Estadio Brigadier General Estanislao López is larger than all but one venue used in New Zealand for Rugby World Cup 2011. The stadium was opened in 1946 and was upgraded most recently ahead of the 2011 Copa América making it a fantastic stadium to host Rugby World Cup matches. It could be used in an equal or greater capacity to that of the Stade Chaban-Delmas in Bordeaux for the 2007 Rugby World Cup which hosted four pool matches - Ireland vs Namibia, Ireland vs Georgia, Canada vs Japan and Australia vs Canada.

The city of Santa Fé has a population of 455,000, making it Argentina´s eighth largest city. It is located 150KM north of Argentina's third largest city, Rosario and 450KM from Buenos Aires.

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