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SBD Global/May 17, 2013/Facilities

Chilean Football Club Struggling To Fulfill Stadium Promise To Its Fans

Universidad de Chile "has a debt with its fans: the construction of the club's own stadium," according to EMOL. Though the club has always indicated that this is the people's big dream, for various reasons, "this ambition has been truncated." One of the proposals from the club's management has been building a stadium next to the Estadio Nacional in Santiago. However, "the government is denying this option." Universidad de Chile first spoke with Chile Sport Subsecretary Gabriel Ruiz-Tagle, who rejected the possibility because the country was working on the infrastructure of Estadio Nacional's complex for the 2014 South American (ODESUR) Games. Unversidad de Chile President José Yuraszeck spoke with Universidad fan and Chilean government spokesperson Cecilia Pérez, with the idea to build a 30,000-seat stadium in Ñuñoa, a district of Santiago. However, "the response was again negative, and it was explained that Chile President Sebastián Piñera does not have any interest in forming partnerships with private clubs for the administration of stadiums that would depend on public funds" (EMOL, 5/16).
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