Estadio Luis Aparicio el Grande
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|Estadio Luis Aparicio El Grande|
|Aguilas del Zulia (1969–present)|
Estadio Luis Aparicio El Grande de Maracaibo is a ballpark located in Maracaibo, Venezuela and is one of the best baseball facilities in Latin America. It is the home stadium of the Aguilas del Zulia of the Liga Venezolana de Béisbol Profesional.
The park opened in 1963 for the National Olympics. In 1971 was renamed Luis Aparicio El Grande, honoring Luis Aparicio Ortega, father of Hall of Famer Luis Aparicio, who has been recognized as the best player in the history of local baseball, and was called "El Grande" or "The Great". A statue of Aparicio Ortega stands in front of the stadium. The park was remodeled since 1997 for the Central American and Caribbean Games to seat 25,000.
It has a full color Daktronics jumbo screen and a state-of-the-art Bose sound system.
After each game local bands usually play on a stage inside the concouse of the building and people can hang out for usually 2 or 3 hours after the game is over.
It is owned by the city of Maracaibo and is within the Luis Aparicio Jr. sports complex, also called the "Sun Park".