Estadio Monumental U

Estadio Monumental U, Lima: Tickets, Tours, Address, Estadio Monumental U Reviews: 3.5/5

Estadio Monumental U
3.5
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BrunoSRC
By BrunoSRC
One of the worst stadiums I've been to
Nov 2019
So Monumental U is the biggest stadium in South America, after Rio's Maracanã "shrank" due to successive upgrades. That's pretty much the only positive thing there's to say about it. The stadium's location is just about as bad as it could be, on the opposite side of the city from downtown or the touristic neighborhoods. And it gets worse when you consider that decent public transportation in Lima is unheard of and traffic is continuously jammed. Apart from that, the quarry right next to it covers the whole place in a reddish dust and the barbed wired fences all around the stadium contributes even further to the overall eerie atmosphere of the place. The inside of the stadium sadly lives up to the expectation created from the outside: toilets were unusable even more than one hour prior to the match; bars are simply non-existent and the only option is to queue with one of the informal vendors selling overpriced food and beverages, including water bottles of unknown origin (mismatched seals were a frequent sight). The architecture of the place, with several lines of boxes topping one another above the stands, further contributes to the overall bad atmosphere and, when viewed from outside the stadium, the doors to the boxes looked more like a prison cell block than a stadium fit for a Libertadores final match. On top of all that comes the Peruvian police attitude. Apart from the bizarre prohibitions well advertised before the match (you cannot use belts, caps or sunglasses, for instance, even under a scorching summer sun), they completely ignored the things that CONMEBOL ostensibly said were allowed into the stadium and confiscated even the smallest flags or scarves.

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BrunoSRC
Singapore, Singapore125 contributions
One of the worst stadiums I've been to
Nov 2019 • Friends
So Monumental U is the biggest stadium in South America, after Rio's Maracanã "shrank" due to successive upgrades. That's pretty much the only positive thing there's to say about it.

The stadium's location is just about as bad as it could be, on the opposite side of the city from downtown or the touristic neighborhoods. And it gets worse when you consider that decent public transportation in Lima is unheard of and traffic is continuously jammed. Apart from that, the quarry right next to it covers the whole place in a reddish dust and the barbed wired fences all around the stadium contributes even further to the overall eerie atmosphere of the place.

The inside of the stadium sadly lives up to the expectation created from the outside: toilets were unusable even more than one hour prior to the match; bars are simply non-existent and the only option is to queue with one of the informal vendors selling overpriced food and beverages, including water bottles of unknown origin (mismatched seals were a frequent sight). The architecture of the place, with several lines of boxes topping one another above the stands, further contributes to the overall bad atmosphere and, when viewed from outside the stadium, the doors to the boxes looked more like a prison cell block than a stadium fit for a Libertadores final match.

On top of all that comes the Peruvian police attitude. Apart from the bizarre prohibitions well advertised before the match (you cannot use belts, caps or sunglasses, for instance, even under a scorching summer sun), they completely ignored the things that CONMEBOL ostensibly said were allowed into the stadium and confiscated even the smallest flags or scarves.
Written December 26, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

rjnspierings
Zoetermeer, The Netherlands359 contributions
What an experience
Apr 2017 • Friends
While in Lima I had to see the Clasico between Universitario and Alianza Lima. We had bought tickets for el Norte. When we got there and saw the aggressive hooligans we decided to sell our tickets. Then we bought tickets for the east side. Everything is possible there. Stadium is huge. Lot of security.
Written April 16, 2017
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Rey17
Baldwin, NY109 contributions
Inherently Uncomfortable; Sociologically Instructive
Aug 2016 • Friends
We attended a Sunday afternoon match in late August at this huge, 80,000 seat stadium on the east side of Lima, in Ate. The stadium is nestled against a low mountain ridge, with a large vacant field to its south. No doubt due to past violent incidents between rival team supporters, the stadium vicinity, its many entrances, and the stands themselves, have heavy police presence. I would estimate on that date, that number at about 200-300; the number of fans at less than 5,000. To gain access to the stadium requires the production of tickets at the appropriate gate, interview and full body frisk by police (some are administered breathalyzers), confiscation of belts and hats or caps. These items are tied to the gate's chain link fence and may or may not be found upon your return to the gate you entered through (ours were). The stadium seats are plastic-molded seat bottoms affixed to the concrete treads. Because of the stadium's location (low mountains and empty fields) and the prevailing weather, everything is covered in red dust. It was what Oklahoma must have been during the Dust Bowl days. To combat the searing sun (even though this was winter), attendees can purchase paper hats with visors, with fan-like cut-outs that contour to one's skull, for a pittance. The "cheap seats," on the north end of the stadium, are not "seats" at all. They are SRO. These were occupied by noisy, boisterous young people who were there apparently as much to protest "police abuse" as they were to support Club Universitario. The match itself was enjoyable. It took 2 hours (4:00-6:00). There are plenty of food and snack choices available from vendors who circulate through the stands. Upon exiting the stadium, still under heavy police observation, dozens of vendors' wares, including a myriad of "OU" Ts, jerseys, and other gear, are laid out on tarps on the sidewalks. You can negotiate price. Then, it hits you. The stench of urine-sprayed sidewalks is overwhelming. This was all along the perimeter of the stadium. The entire area, boulevard included, would benefit from a through scrubbing and wash. Definitely not a tourist-marketed attraction. Tickets can be had at any local Wong's supermarket; US citizens MUST present their passport for purchase. We paid about 10 sols. (+/-$3.50-) for ours.
Written September 30, 2016
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