Copa Paraguay final opens new stadium in Encarnación

The Estadio Villa Alegre in the Paraguayan city of Encarnación staged its first match on Friday as 12,000 fans attended the Copa Paraguay final between Nacional and Sportivo Ameliano.

The stadium has been built on the site of the former Villa Alegre stadium and has a capacity of 16,000. Friday’s match finished 1-1 after 90 minutes, with Ameliano winning 4-3 on penalties.

The venue is located less than 10 minutes from the city centre in the Chaipé neighbourhood. It cost more than PYG57bn (£7m/€8m/$8m)  to build, with work having been carried out by construction company Tecnoedil.

Features of the stadium include a state-of-the-art lighting system, a drainage system for the pitch and an automatic irrigation system.

Before Friday’s match, an opening ceremony was held featuring local music artists such as Vinyl Circus, Tierra Adentro, Cama Flecha, Emilio García and Retroband.

The stadium is set to stage Paraguayan league matches, starting with this weekend’s clash between Guaireña and Cerro Porteño.