Football Stadiums

The Highs and Lows of Playing at the Edge of the World: Why Estadio Hernando Siles is Football’s Most Unplayable Pitch
Football Stadiums

The Highs and Lows of Playing at the Edge of the World: Why Estadio Hernando Siles is Football’s Most Unplayable Pitch

By Score More Staff Nestled amidst the majestic peaks of the Andes lies a football stadium unlike any other – Estadio Hernando Siles in La Paz, Bolivia. At a staggering 3,600 meters (11,800 ft) above sea level, it holds the distinction of being the highest international football pitch in the world. However, this unique characteristic doesn't translate to a fair playing field; for visiting teams, it becomes a battleground against not just their opponents, but the very elements themselves. Thin Air, Big Disadvantage: The Physiological Challenges The primary culprit behind the notorious difficulty of playing at Estadio Hernando Siles is the altitude. La Paz's extreme elevation results in a significantly thinner atmosphere, with roughly 60% less oxygen compared to sea le...