costa rica national stadium

Henriette Jacobsen,

Costa Rica’s new National Stadium opens it’s doors to the public this Saturday, kicking off the inauguration with a soccer match between Costa Rica and China. The following is a list of the first events scheduled in the new stadium.


Saturday, March 26, is the opening of the new national stadium in San Jose. The highlight of the inauguration will undoubtedly be the Costa Rica national soccer team’s match against China. The opening event also includes the official “acts of protocol,” a ceremony where specially chosen Costa Rican athletes receive recognition for outstanding performances, followed by fireworks. Teletica will be covering the inauguration live on channel 7.

Costa Rica vs. Argentina

On Tuesday, March 29, you once again have a valid excuse to paint your face in red, blue, and white colors. Costa Rica’s national soccer team will face one of the giants of international soccer, Argentina, with the world’s best soccer player, Lionel Messi, on the team in a friendly match.

Symphony Orchestra

Wednesday, March 30, will be a night of classical music. The organizers promise there will be something for everyone’s tastes. The program of classical music includes: Intermediate Symphony Orchestra, Youth Symphonic Band, Youth Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, and National Symphony Chorus. The event starts at 7 pm and ends at 10 pm.

World Championship Boxing Night

March 31 is boxing night at the new stadium, which includes seven matches and three World Championships. Closing the night will be Costa Rica’s own boxing heroine, Hannah Gabriels, who will defend her World Championship title.


Put on your dance shoes, grab your dance partner and show up at the new national stadium on April 1 for a night of dance hall music. Thousands of couples will show off their dancing skills in an open-air dance event, Lunada. The organizers promise the best “air-conditioned” ballroom, food sales, and participation of seven of the best national musical groups: Los Hicsos, Los Originales del Chiki, Marfil, Calle 8, Banda Chiqui, Lubin Barahona y los caballeros del ritmo, and Son de Tikicia.

National Music Festival

Saturday, April 2, is live and loud music night with all the best musicians from Costa Rica.

Fiesta en tu Casa

Sunday, April 3, special invited singers Victor Manuel, Gilberto Santa Rosa, and Don Amor will be performing.


International superstar Shakira is in town on April 10. The Colombian pop singer performs her repertoire at the stadium on a night that guarantees to be vibrant, colorful and festive.


More information, including links to purchase tickets, can be found on Estadio Nacional’s new website: