Torreon is one of northern Mexico’s largest cities and has experienced significant growth in recent years, with the population climbing above the one-million mark in the metropolitan area. Along with other cities and the states of Durango and Coahuila, Torreon forms part of the region known as “La Comarca Lagunera,” famous for its spirit of entrepreneurship.
Torreon’s economy is based on the dairy and engineering industries and the city is also the north’s main beer producer. Nicknamed “La Ciudad de los Grandes Esfuerzos” (The City of Endeavour), its inhabitants enjoy a high standard of living.
It also has its fair share of tourist attractions, the most important of which is El Cristo de las Noas, a statue on a hill overlooking the city and the third-largest in Latin America behind the Cristo del Corcovado in Brazil and La Concordia in Bolivia (though it is currently closed to tourists). The Museo de la Revolución is worth a visit, highlighting an historical period in which the city played a prominent role. Among Torreon’s most recently built sites of note is the Territorio Santos Modelo, a sports and shopping complex housing the Estadio Torreon.Torreon.
The biggest team in Torreon is Santos Laguna, one of the most successful sides in the country over the last 15 years. Los Guerreros have won the league title on three occasions (the 1996 Invierno, 2001 Verano and 2008 Clausura championships) and are regular participants in the Copa Libertadores de America.
Los Albiverdes play at the impressive Estadio Corona, one of the venues for the FIFA U-17 World Cup Mexico 2011 and among the most modern and functional stadiums in the country.