Palmar de Junco Stadium: Where Baseball becomes Tradition
With a great many visitors that daily flatter its scene, Palmar de Junco Stadium in Matanzas praises itself to be the oldest one in the world.
Here, where baseball becomes tradition, the story of the national game begins all the way back to colonial times, home to the first professional players in the island, among them Havanans Emilio Sabourín and Ricardo Mora as well as Paine Sánchez and Washington Domínguez, both the latter from Matanzas.
Home par excellence also to the first official game held in Cuba in 1874 between the teams Havana Baseball Club and Matanzas, it is championed today by sport lovers to become part of the Hall of Fame of Cuban Baseball.
The home of the Sports Club in Matanzas, which was the winner of the “Amateur League” tournament in 1943 and 1945, it was declared National Monument in the 90s for being the only stadium in the country that has been active in all three historical periods: colonial, republican and revolutionary ones.
Together with the legendary Sausto Theatre and the attractive Bellamar Caves, Palmar de Junco Stadium does not go unnoticed among the cultural riches of Matanzas, city also known as the “Athens of Cuba”.
You should go and check for yourself.
Address: Calzada Esteban e/ Monserrate y San Ignacio, Pueblo Nuevo, Matanzas
Text: Dayneris Brito
Translation: Beatriz Rodríguez