The Estadio Nacional de El Salvador, a versatile stadium project situated in Antiguo Cuscatlán, El Salvador, is currently in development, with a seating capacity of 50,000. It is designed to serve as a replacement for the existing Estadio Cuscatlán, serving as the home ground for the El Salvador national football team. Positioned on the former grounds of the Captain General Gerardo Barrios Military School, this ambitious initiative, set at a budget of $500 million, broke ground on September 8, 2022, signifying an impressive stride in the region’s sports infrastructure development.
The upcoming stadium promises to offer a comprehensive range of facilities, including a hotel adjacent to the main arena, an auditorium, a medical clinic, internal rooms within the stadium, administrative offices, and an outdoor multi-sport area. This outdoor space is intended to feature diverse sports amenities such as beach soccer, basketball courts, rapid football fields, and an expansive parking lot capable of accommodating up to 2,000 vehicles. Upon completion, it will stand as the second contemporary sports and event venue in Central America, representing a significant step forward in the region’s sporting landscape.
Initially budgeted at $100 million, the estimated cost for the construction of the El Salvador National Stadium surged significantly to $500 million. Remarkably, the entire financial burden, including the stadium’s construction, outfitting, and additional expenses, is set to be borne by the Chinese government, illustrating a significant bilateral collaboration between the two nations.
The genesis of the stadium project can be traced back to the agreements inked between the Presidents of El Salvador and China, Nayib Bukele and Xi Jinping, respectively, during Jinping’s inaugural visit to the Central American country in 2019, solidifying the foundation of this significant infrastructure venture.
In an official announcement made by the Chinese embassy in San Salvador on April 1, 2022, the Specific Delegation Group of China Aviation Planning and Design Institute (Group) Co., Ltd. formalized the discussion minutes regarding the research and design aspects of the stadium project with the INDES representative. Subsequently, on May 16, 2022, the embassy disclosed the slated commencement date for the construction. The process was set in motion on June 8, 2022, with the demolition of the Captain General Gerardo Barrios Military School, ultimately paving the way for the stadium’s groundbreaking ceremony, which took place on September 8, 2022. Spearheading the construction efforts is the esteemed Chinese firm, China Aviation Planning and Design Institute (Group) Co., Ltd., assuming a pivotal role in the realization of this ambitious sporting infrastructure.