Estadio Nacional disaster

National Stadium Tragedy
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The stadium's western entrance before the 2011 renovations.
Location Peru
Coordinates12°04′02.2″S 77°02′01.4″W / 12°04′02.2″S 77°02′01.4″W / -12.067278; -77.033722
Date24 May 1964 (1964-05-24)
Deaths328
Non-fatal injuries
500

The Estadio Nacional disaster of 24 May 1964 (also known as the Lima football disaster) is, to date, the worst disaster in association football history.[1]

Background

On 24 May 1964, Peru hosted Argentina at the Estadio Nacional in Lima. The game, in the qualifying round for the Tokyo Olympics' football tournament, was seen as vital for Peru, then holding the second qualifying place in the CONMEBOL table, who would face a tough match against Brazil in their final game. The match attracted a capacity 53,000 crowd to the stadium.