Unleashing the Roar: Why Akron Stadium is the best option for athletes?


Estadio Akron (Spanish for Akron Stadium) is a sports stadium located in Zapopan, Mexico. Built in 2010, it was previously known as Estadio Omni life and Estadio Chivas. The name changed to Akron Stadium in 2017, reportedly due to a sponsorship deal signed with a car lubricant company.

The construction of the stadium was first started in February 2004. Due to a lack of sufficient funds, the construction was delayed for up to a few years as the estimated budget had been exceeded. The stadium was then completed by 2010 and now has a capacity of approximately 49,850 people ( With up to five levels and specially designed 208 places for disabled people, it is one of the top modern stadiums located in Mexico.

The most distinctive part of this stadium is its shape which is similar to a volcano with an avant-garde design and a view of the countryside. The area surrounding the shape is covered with about 21,600 m2 of natural grass. This was after the time when there was quite some controversy involved with the artificial grass that was initially planted all over the stadium. To counter this problem, the artificial grass was soon replaced with natural grass. The grass now acts as a sustainable cover that tackles high temperatures and provides a cool and serene interior environment for the stadium.

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Although it is a multipurpose stadium, it is commonly used for football matches – being home to the Club Deportivo Guadalajara or simply Guadalajara, where their local games are held.

The inauguration of the stadium was held on 30th July 2010 where the first football game was held. It was a friendly match between the Mexican professional football club, Chivas – a nickname for Club Deportivo Guadalajara and Manchester United. The game ended with the score 3-2, an outstanding victory for the local club.

In addition to that, the stadium hosted its first big international game on August 11, 2010. C.D Guadalajara played the first part of the Copa Libertadores Final against Internacional de Porto Alegre. Soon after, the stadium achieved greater recognition by hosting the opening and closing ceremonies of the Pan America Games held in 2011.

Akron Stadium has also been one of the seven venues where the FIFA U-17 World Cup was held in 2011.

Following these successes, Akron Stadium is set to host some of the football matches for the upcoming 2026 FIFA World Cup.


Q. How many people can fit in Akron Stadium?

The stadium located in Mexico can seat up to 49,000 people.

Q. Who owns Akron stadium?

The billionaire, Jorge Vergara became the owner of the Akron Stadium.

Q. Are Chivas and Atlas rivals?

C.D. Guadalajara, informally known as Chivas are Atlas’ fierce rivals.

Who is the goalkeeper for Chivas?

The goalkeepers for Chivas Club are Óscar Whalley, Raúl Rangel, and Miguel Jiménez.

Q. In which countries will the 2026 FIFA World Cup be held?

The 2026 FIFA World Cup will be held in the US, Mexico and Canada.

Author’s opinion

Learning about the Akron stadium which is situated in Mexico was truly interesting. I found out some interesting facts about this lace which certainly are fun to learn. This stadium has a rich history and the modern architecture and the infrastructure design is what makes it so unique. Also, paying attention to the sustainability and surrounding environment of the stadium is impressive – which is also why it is a great option for sports athletes and football matches to be held. For sure, it is a well-deserved choice to host some matches of the upcoming 2026 FIFA World Cup at this stadium!

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Written by Usama

Usama J. is a passionate writer about the sports and works as an in house sports journalist at Openiun, and covered many international sporting events including ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022.