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Estadio Latinoamericano

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Estadio Latinoamericano
Former namesGran Estadio de La Habana (1946-1961)
Estadio del Cerro
LocationHavana, Cuba
Coordinates23°7′6″N 82°22′34″W / 23.11833°N 82.37611°W / 23.11833; -82.37611
OwnerGovernment of Cuba
Capacity31,000 (1946–1971)
55,000 (1971 to present)
Field sizeLeft - 325 ft. (99 m)

Left Center - 345 ft. (105 m)
Center - 400 ft. (122 m)
Right Center - 345 ft. (105 m)

Right - 325 ft. (99 m)
OpenedOctober 26, 1946
Cuban National Series
Industriales (1961-present)
Metropolitanos (1974-2012)
Minor League Baseball
Havana Sugar Kings (IL) (1954-1960)
MLB Spring Training
Pittsburgh Pirates (NL) (1953)
Brooklyn Dodgers (NL) (1947)

The Estadio Latinoamericano (English: Latin American Stadium) is a stadium in Havana, Cuba. It is primarily used for baseball, and is the third largest baseball stadium in the world by capacity. The stadium, a spacious pitchers' park with prevailing winds blowing in and boasting a playing surface and lighting system of major-league quality, was built in 1946 as the top baseball park in Latin America.

The stadium opened with the name Gran Estadio de La Habana, known to English-language sportswriters as Gran Stadium, surpassing La Tropical Stadium as the largest stadium in Havana. It was also referred to as the Estadio del Cerro, or more popularly, "The Colossus of Cerro" (Spanish: El Coloso del Cerro), due to its location in the Cerro neighborhood.

The Latinoamericano currently holds about 55,000 people. In 1999, it hosted an exhibition series between the Cuba national team and the Baltimore Orioles.

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The stadium debuted on October 26, 1946 before a crowd of 31,000 fans for a clash between the Almendares and Cienfuegos baseball teams, the largest crowd that had attended a sports event in Cuba. Almendares won the game 9-1. The Venezuelan Alejandro Carrasquel, who played for the Washington Senators in the Major League, threw the first pitch of the game.

In its 70 years, the stadium has been utilised for diverse spectacles including popular dance performances and boxing matches.

The stadium was renovated and expanded in 1971. Its stands were enlarged, increasing its capacity to 55,000 spectators, and its gardens were extended.

On March 22, 2016, the Tampa Bay Rays faced the Cuba national baseball team in an exhibition game. This was attended by numerous dignitaries, including President of the United States Barack Obama and Raul Castro. This game represented the thaw between the two countries that had occurred in recent years, and was broadcast live on ESPN. The Rays were selected after a lottery conducted by Major League Baseball. The Rays won 4-1.

The stadium has also been used for political purposes. In 1956, it was the location of a student demonstration headed by José Antonio Echeverría, against the Government of Fulgencio Batista.

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