With just one big deck, Estadio Latinoamericano seems like it belongs in the minor league status, but the large seating capacity indicates otherwise. The outfield dimensions are similar to those of Estadio Monterrey (Mexico) and Hiram Bithorn Stadium (Puerto Rico). The outfield fence is perpendicular to the foul lines, however, so the power alleys are quite short. Likewise, the architectural design reflects the "Latin American style": inclined light towers, and enclosed bullpens in front of the stands not far from the dugouts. (See Latin American Leagues.)
One striking feature is the large bleachers, with three distinct terraces separated by lateral walkways and dual staircases. Those bleachers, coupled with the large roof covering a single deck, is similar to Sick's Stadium, where the Seattle Pilots played in 1969. Luxury suites? Not in this socialist paradise!
The stadium is located a couple miles west of downtown Havana, in a semi-residential neighborhood that lacks any parking lots. (Privately-owned cars are not very common in Cuba, of course.) Just to the north there is a high-rise apartment building, from which residents can presumably watch baseball for free.
On March 22, 2016, Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro attended an exhibition baseball game here, between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban national team. It was the first time an American president had visited Cuba since the 1920s. The visiting team won, 4-1. Photographs indicate that the roof near the left field corner was being repaired in early 2016, and it is unclear whether that job was completed before the historic presidential visit.
SOURCES: baseball-reference.com, Washington Post, AP
FAN TIPS: Callum Hughson