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The Estadio Latinoamericano (Spanish for Latin American Stadium) is a stadium in Havanamarker, Cubamarker. It is primarily used for baseball. Gran 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. Located in the Cerro neighborhood, it opened with the name Estadio del Cerro and currently holds about 55,000 people. In 1999, it also hosted an exhibition series between the Cuban National Team and the Baltimore Orioles.

The Estadio Lationoamericano is an infrastructure of known baseball popularly in Cuba as "The Colossus of the Hill", owed that is found located in this municipality of the city of Havana, Cuba and headquarters of the plant.

Initially it it was called Gran Stadium de La Habana (Great Stadium of Havana) or Estadio do Cerro (Stadium of the Hill), until 1961, when to stops existing the Cuban professional ball, that him is attributed the name of Latin-American Stadium. Its construction developed in the year 1946 and October 26 before a crowded conglomeration of Cubans, 31,000 fans, was inaugurated. With its inauguration displaces to the Pedro Marrero, that by those times was called "The Tropical one", previously the best stadium of Havana.

It was, by telling it of any way, the house of the baseball rented of the Island, their first play that 26 of October was a clash between the of the capital team of Almendares and the southern one Cienfuegos, according to all the Cubans was the first one you see that in Cuba for a sports spectacle they met so many people.

In its already almost 60 years their installations have been utilised like setting of diverse spectacles, detours, popular dance numbers, exhibitions of boxing, among the ones that stands out the fight of the stellar American pugilist and world champion, Joe Louis, against the Cuban one Omelio Agramante.

The stadium was renovated and expanded in the year 1971, with an enlargement of its stands, increasing the stadium to its present capacity of 55,000 spectators, and extension of its dimensions in the gardens.

Provided that be spoken of the "Latin American" as also call popularly the Cubans, we will not be able to stop mentioning the dead Armandito the dry Cleaner, their more faithful host, arisen of the popularity of our town and symbolic figure that arrived to be remained in the hearts of the Cubans, though the sports spectacles that were witnessed they were formidable, more formidable they were those of Armandito in the steps encouraging so much to sportsmen Upon I publishing existing.

The stadium also keeps place for the history of the Cuban fights, in its installations starred in in the year 1956 a student demonstration headed by José Antonio Echeverría, against the Government of Fulgencio Batista.

In innumerable occasions it has received events of baseball, international and national, of any magnitude, except Olympic.

The Colossus of the Hill forms part indisputably of the Cuban culture, in its installations the Cubanism has been established is famous installation of the Cuban sport.


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