Soccer is the national sport in Peru. It was introduced in the late nineteenth century by English businessmen who landed in Callao, the port city near Lima. The Peruvians were immediately enthusiastic about football.
It is not surprising then that the stadium, officially called the National Stadium of Peru, has a special status among locals. It is located in the district of Santa Beatriz, south of the historic center of the city.
In 1897, a first stadium with wooden stands was built. The grass was imported from England. However, soccer won such popularity of sports that the stands were not enough for many fans. As a result, a larger building was planned in the 1950s. This also corresponded to the general state of mind in the country, in Lima at that time many representative buildings were built, the sports stadium had to be built in any case. It was officially opened in 1952.
The last conversion of the National Stadium took place in 2011 and led to the current building with its grandstands covered with around 43,000 seats. Due to its size, it also houses other sports disciplines such as athletics, boxing and swimming.