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Atlético Madrid’s new stadium roof takes shape

FCC has started elevating the roof of the Wanda Metropolitano, the new stadium of Atlético Madrid football club. 

Differing from other recent European sports facilities, the modern roof design is formed of a steel structure weighing around 6,336 tons. It is tensioned with radial cables bound by a membrane that occupies a surface area of 83,053 m2.

The roof is an open tensile structure comprising an exterior steel and double height compression ring, an interior traction ring and two sets of radial cables. The roof will shelter the stands, protecting 96% of seats from the rain.

The new stadium is being built by FCC and was designed by architects Antonio Cruz and Antonio Ortiz.

It will take up a total surface area of 145,721 m2 and will have a 67,000 seating capacity, distributed into stands, boxes and a VIP area. It will also offer more than 4,000 parking spaces to fans.

The distribution of the new seating blocks will bring fans closer to the football pitch, with three new T-shape blocks.

They are formed of a lower block made up of 28 floor stands and priority zones, a mid-level block of 13 stands for VIPs with direct outdoor access and lastly, a high-level block supported on a wrap-around building comprising 32 stands, where the public enter, VIP boxes and complementary services are located here as well.

An area with 79 boxes has also been built at the lower part of the high-level block.

The company’s infrastructure division FCC Construcción has built more than 25 cutting-edge sports facilities around the world, where some of the main sporting events and most prominent international football championships have taken place.

These include: the refurbishment of the seats in the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, building the new Condomina Stadium in Murcia, as well as RCD Espanyol’s stadium. FCC also built the Jerez Racing Circuit in Spain.