Estadio Neza 86
is a football stadium in Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl
Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, or more commonly Ciudad Neza, is a city and municipality of Mexico State adjacent to the northeast corner of Mexico's Federal District: it is thus part of the Mexico City Metropolitan Area. It was named after Nezahualcoyotl, the Acolhua poet and king of nearby Texcoco, and...
, a commuter town
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located east of Mexico City in the State of Mexico. The stadium is located on the grounds of the main campus of the Universidad Tecnológica de Nezahualcóyotl.
The stadium is often reported to have been constructed primarily as a venue for the 1986 FIFA World Cup
The 1986 FIFA World Cup, the 13th FIFA World Cup, was held in Mexico from 31 May to 29 June. The tournament was the second to feature a 24-team format. Colombia had been originally chosen to host the competition by FIFA but, largely due to economic reasons, was not able to do so and officially...
. It was however already opened in 1981, while Mexico was not awarded the World Cup until 1983. The venue was first called Estadio José López Portillo
before receiving the name Neza 86
for the World Cup tournament.
Club Deportivo Coyotes Neza
Club Deportivo Neza
Deportivo Neza also known as Coyotes is a Mexican football team. The club was founded in 1978 when the city of Ciudad Neza bought the Club de Fútbol Laguna franchisee. The club has played in various leagues in Mexico. The club played from 1978 to 1982 in the first division before the club was sold...
were in need of a suitable home arena, the Coyotes having played their home games under temporary conditions since their rise to the Mexican Primera División
The Primera División Profesional , known simply as the Primera División, is the top level of the Mexican football league system and is administered by the Mexican Football Federation. It was established in 1943 and as of 2011 has 18 clubs. Up to June 2011, it was divided into three groups competing...
in 1978. Deportivo Neza used the stadium from its opening until the club had to withdraw from the Primera División for financial reasons at the end of the 1987-88 season.
Club de Fútbol Potros Neza
After the Coyotes' withdrawal from professional football, newly formed CF Potros Neza stepped in. Potros had acquired their licence for then second-tier Segunda División from first-league team Correcaminos UAT
Correcaminos de la Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas is an association football team from Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas that currently plays in the Primera Division A. The team was founded in 1980, Correcaminos played in the Primera Division De Mexico in the 1986-1987 season. They play in the Marte R...
, who had in turn bought their Primera División licence from Deportivo Neza. The Potros were off to a good start as they reached promotion immediately in the 1988-89 season. However, the team fell apart after their first-league licence was sold to CD Veracruz
Tiburones Rojos de Veracruz, known as Veracruz, is a Mexican professional football club. Veracruz plays in the Liga de Ascenso de México. Their nickname "Tiburones Rojos" means red sharks. The club was founded in 1943 after two clubs from the city state of Veracruz, Iberia de Córdoba and Veracruz...
before the kick-off of the 1989-90 season.
Nezahualcóyotl's next sporting hope were Toros Neza
Neza FC, also known as Toros Neza is a Mexican football team that plays in the city of Nezahualcóyotl. The club returned for the 2011 Clausura Liga de Ascenso tournament, taking the place of Atlante UTN who had been purchased by Monarcas Morelia...
, who saw promotion to the Primera División in 1993. However, right into their first season they were confronted with a problem new to Mexican football: The Mexican Football Federation questioned the suitability of Estadio Neza as a top-flight stadium, although it was only 12 years old and had 7 years before served as a World Cup venue. Soon the stadium was banned from hosting Primera División matches, so that the Toros were forced to play 14 home games of the 1993-94 season in Pachuca
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. After some upgrades to the stadium, first league football came back to Estadio Neza in 1994-95 and remained there until the Toros were relegated in 2000. During the following two seasons, the venue saw second-tier football, with the Toros playing in the Primera División A. After the Toros sold their licence, the stadium was threatened by vacancy.
A new tenant was found in nearby Mexico City-based Atlante
Club de Fútbol Atlante, is a Mexican professional football club, currently playing in the Mexican First Division League. The club is based in Cancún, Mexico as of the start of the 2007-08 season, when they relocated from Mexico City, and plays its home games in Estadio Andrés Quintana Roo.-Domestic...
, who did not have their own stadium and had been guests at Estadio Azteca
Estadio Azteca is a stadium in Santa Ursula, Mexico City, Mexico. It is the official home stadium of the Mexico national football team and the Mexican team Club América.The stadium was the venue for football soccer in the 1968 Summer Olympics....
, which was oversized for their purposes. Atlante played most of their home matches of the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons at Estadio Neza 86, bringing first-division football back to Nezahualcóyotl. However, due to tensions between the Municipal Authority and Atlante's management, during the Clausura 2004 the club pulled out of the stadium and returned to host its home games back at Estadio Azteca.
1986 FIFA World Cup
First Round - Group E
|June 4 1986
|June 8 1986
|June 13 1986
With Atlante leaving, the stadium once again stood vacant. To remedy this, a second-tier licence was acquired for the struggling CF Potros Neza for the 2004-05 season, which was however resold after one year to Tampico Madero. Since then, the city of Nezahualcóyotl is no longer represented in any of the top three divisions of Mexican club football . Therefore, Estadio Neza 86 has been used on certain occasions by local American football teams Aguilas Blancas
and Burros Blancos
and by a team of the Mexican Second Division called Club Atlante Tecamachalco or simply known as Club Tecamachalco.