The highest-altitude ProPlay® pitch, located in Estadio Municipal Villa Ingenio in the municipality of El Alto in Bolivia has been finished. El Alto (Spanish for “The Heights”) is one of Bolivia’s fastest-growing urban centres and the highest city in the world, with an average elevation of 4,150 m. It makes this pitch the highest-altitude FIFA Quality Pro certified field in the world. It is also the first synthetic turf pitch with a horizontal drainage system in Bolivia, using the ProPlay®-Sport23D shock pad with outstanding drainage capacity.
Estadio Municipal Villa Ingenio is the first modern stadium in Bolivia and has a capacity of 25,000 spectators. The Government allocated 55.8 million bolivianos for construction, which is about 6.6 million euros.
The stadium was officially inaugurated by Bolivian President Evo Morales in Villa Ingenio. It was premiered by the ‘Bolívar’ and ‘The Strongest’ teams in a classic ‘paceño’. “Brothers and sisters, a small gift to the people of El Alto, to that rebellious people, rebellious not only for the demands of the people of El Alto, but also for the people of La Paz and fundamentally for the Bolivian people,” the President said after giving the inaugural kick. “From the first moment, the people of El Alto guaranteed us the democratic cultural revolution with their conscience, with their vote and we are therefore meeting our responsbility to commend the people of El Alto with this kind of project,” he said.
This high-quality pitch is the outcome of collaboration between Greenfields (who provided the high-quality synthetic turf) and Schmitz Foam Products B.V. (who provided the high-performance ProPlay® shock and drainage pad).