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Nicaragua Unveils Central America’s Largest Baseball Stadium

Nicaragua has unveiled its long-awaited baseball stadium in Managua, replacing the former baseball field built in 1948. The new structure will hold up to 15,670 people and is the country’s first stadium constructed to Major League Baseball, MLB, standards and codes.

Fans during the first game at the Estadio Nacional Dennis Martínez

The stadium took almost two years and US$36 million to build. The facility can hold 1,000 cars, large screens to view games, advanced technology and a security system that enables game-goers to evacuate within 10 minutes.

Denis Martinez throws the ceremonial pitch in the first game played in the new stadium named after him. Photo El19digital.com

The stadium, the Estadio Nacional Dennis Martínez, took the name, Denis Martinez, after Nicaragua’s former MLB player.

Dennis Martinez #32 of the Montreal Expos. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

Born in Granada (May 14, 1955), José Dennis Martínez Ortíz, nicknamed “El Presidente” (The President), was the first Nicaraguan baseball player (pitcher or position player) to play in the

majors. During a 23-year baseball career, Martínez compiled 245 wins, for the most wins by a Latin American pitcher in the MLB, 2,149 strikeouts, and a 3.70 earned run average.

Martínez pitched for the Baltimore Orioles (1976–1986), Montreal Expos (1986–1993), Cleveland Indians (1994–1996), Seattle Mariners (1997) and Atlanta Braves (1998).

The match was sold out as the least expensive tickets cost an equivalent of US$2.

The game was played in the rain and ended with a 2-2 tie.

Photos of the historic inauguration of the Estadio Nacional Dennis Martínez from El19digital.com

Denis Martinez throws the ceremonial pitch in the first game played in the new stadium named after him. Photo El19digital.com

Article originally appeared on Today Nicaragua and is republished here with permission.