It was a night for saints and crowns last night in Torreon northern Mexico as old Corona Stadium stepped aside to make way for Territorio Santos Modelo, the football complex housing the new home ground of Santos Laguna.
In a hotly contested match – played at a pace and enthusiasm that surprised for an international friendly – home side Santos Laguna scored late to secure victory over invited namesake Santos of Brasil, 2 – 1.
The 30,000 fans in attendance showed all the right stuff this night, getting into it for the concert, reigning down whistles and jeers for their President, and making the switch to cheers as Pele strolled on to the pitch to re-stoke the fiesta. Which the footballer did as he and the crowd enthusiastically welcomed both Santos teams.
It's confirmed. The new Corona Stadium is in futbol territory after all.