The National Stadium of Tegucigalpa was built during the administration of Tiburcio Carías Andino. The stadium was Honduras national football team's home stadium in the FIFA World Cup qualification for many years. In 1981, the stadium was host to 6 CONCACAF nations (Honduras, Mexico, El Salvador, Canada, Haiti and Cuba) for Spain 1982's final round of the World Cup qualifying football games that saw Honduras qualify for the first time to the World Cup. It was until 1998 with the completion of Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano that El Nacional lost the privilege of hosting most of Honduras' matches. Since then, El Nacional has hosted very few qualifying games.
The stadium hosted the 2009 UNCAF Nations Cup where Panama won its first Central American championship and saw Nicaragua qualify for its first Gold Cup.