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‘El Kraken’ to house new Liga MX team

Newly-formed Liga MX football club Mazatlán FC has announced that its new stadium will be called El Kraken.

The 25,000-capacity venue, formerly known as Estadio de Mazatlán, has been developed at a reported cost of MXN700m (£24.5m/€27.3m/$30.8m) by the government of the state of Sinaloa as it sought to attract a Liga MX team to the city of Mazatlán on the Pacific coast.

It was confirmed last month that Monarcas Morelia would move to the new stadium and be rebranded as Mazatlán FC. The team played its first game in its new guise on Friday, a Copa GNP clash at Tigres, but the ESPN Deportes website reports that an agreement has yet to be reached over a lease deal for the stadium.

While it is said this will not impede Mazatlán FC from beginning to play games in El Kraken, named after the mythical sea creature, Sinaloa deputy Marco Zazueta stated: “You have to send a request for a loan or concession from the governor and you would have to take this to the plenary session, to be approved or rejected, but the request has not come to make the assessment and decide whether or not to give up the stadium.”

Image: Mazatlán FC