Estadio Latinoamericano
The Estadio Latinoamericano (Spanish
Spanish language
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 for Latin American Stadium) is a stadium
A modern stadium is a place or venue for outdoor sports, concerts, or other events and consists of a field or stage either partly or completely surrounded by a structure designed to allow spectators to stand or sit and view the event.)Pausanias noted that for about half a century the only event...

 in Havana
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, Cuba
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. It is primarily used for baseball
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. 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
Latin America
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. Located in the Cerro neighborhood, it opened with the name Gran Stadium de La Habana and currently holds about 55,000 people. In 1999, it also hosted an exhibition series between the Cuban National Team
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 and the Baltimore Orioles
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The Estadio Lationoamericano is popularly known in Cuba as "The Colossus of Cerro." Initially it was called Gran Stadium de La Habana (Great Stadium of Havana) but later it was called Estadio del Cerro (Stadium of Cerro) until 1961, when it was renamed as Latin-American Stadium when Cuban professional baseball was stopped. It was constructed in 1946 and debuted on October 26 before a crowd of 31,000 fans. It displaced La Tropical Stadium as the best stadium in Havana.

The stadium debuted on October 26, 1946 before a crowd of 31,000 fans for a clash between the Almendares and Cienfuegos
Cienfuegos (Cuban League baseball club)
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 baseball teams, the largest crowd that had attended a sports event in Cuba. Almendares won the game 9 to 1. The Venezuelan Alejandro Carrasquel
Alex Carrasquel
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, who in the Major League played for the Washington Senators, threw the first pitch of the game.

In its more than 60 years, the stadium has been utilised for diverse spectacles including popular dance performances and boxing matches.

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 an extension of its gardens.

The stadium has also been used for political purposes. In 1956 it was the location of a student demonstration headed by José Antonio Echeverría, against the Government of Fulgencio Batista
Fulgencio Batista
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