For years, Estadio Ricardo Saprissa earned the rep as being possibly the toughest venue to play in CONCACAF - and that includes the vaunted Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. What made the "Monster's Cave" such a challenge? The combination of poor field conditions and passionate fans who sat so close to the field you could hear your name called - when it wasn't drowned out by the massive wall of sound - made for a stadium that literally bounced.
Since 2011, the Estadio Nacional has been the home of the Costa Rican National Team. Funded by the Chinese government, the $105 million dollar venue seats 35,000 fans, a substantial increase from Saprissa. The fantastic field is encircled by an athletic track and has many modern amenities, and while some have complained that environment is less intimidating than its predecessor, the stadium is the jewel of the crown in San Jose.
Following the game against the USA in March, the Costa Rican Federation attempted to move this meeting back to Saprissa.
“The voice of the people is the voice of God, and if people want us to play there, we will play in the Saprissa against the United States,” said Fedefutbol President Eduardo Li. However, FIFA refused permission and now the next installment of Costa Rica-USA will be played out on the bermuda grass of the home of football in San Jose.