This year’s Copa Libertadores featured games in a stadium located at one of the highest points in the world. This is the Villa Ingenio Municipal Stadium, in the city of El Alto, Bolivia, at 4,090 meters above sea level.
The person hosting games there is Always Ready, a Bolivian club founded in 1933. Until then, the stadium could not be used in international competitions because it did not meet all the requirements.
This week, the Conmebol allowed games in El Alto, which campaigned heavily under the motto “you play where you live”.
The city mayor made the announcement. “We will have international football!” said Mónica Eva Copa Murga, on her social networks.
The president of Always Ready, Andrés Costa, also celebrated. “You play where you live. Nothing is impossible. Together we are stronger and giving up is only for losers. Long live El Alto, long live Always”.
In relation to all the stadiums in the world, El Alto is second only to the Daniel Alcides Carrión field, in Cerro de Pasco, Peru, at 4,378 meters above sea level. The city’s team competes in lower divisions of Peruvian football.
Always Ready is in the second phase of Liberators cup and will face Sporting Cristal-PER. To progress to the group stage, the club that qualifies from the clash between Puerto Cabello-VEN and Defensor or Nacional-PAR still depends on winning.