May 2, 2012 by ali mclauchlan
photo courtesy of futbalecuador
I’m just back from a couple of days in Banos so just catching up with the results.
I managed to get to the Estadio de Liga Deportiva Universitaria or Casa Blanca (White House) for the first time on Sunday for the LDU Quito vs Barcelona game. It is a an impressive stadium which has a huge north stand which rises to a big television at the top.
Despite being only 15 years old it looks pretty beat up from outside but it’s a palace compared to largely uncovered Atahaulpa Studium of Deportivo Quito, El Nacional and the national team.
The east and west stands have three tiers of corporate boxes and seating below. I chose the north stand, in among the standing throngs which had a good atmosphere but pretty limited view.
The game itself was dominated by LDU but a couple of defensive lapses let Barcelona in to equalize twice. There were good passages of play and it was a much faster game than those at the Atahaulpa, probably because the surface seemed to be so much better.
The draw for LDU means they still trail the leader, Independiente who continue to surprise all despite being relative minnows.
Deportivo Quito secured a 2-0 home win against Olmedo ahead of their Copa Libertadores match with Universidad de Chile on Thursday night. While Emelec fought to a draw against Independiente in preparation for their Libertadores tie against Brazilian giants, Corinthians.