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Valencia stadium “masterplan” revealed

The enterprise created by leading Spanish figure Juan Roig, LICAMPA 1617, has revealed what it calls an ambitious masterplan for a new arena in Valencia designed by leading sports architecture firm HOK and local architecture practice ERRE.

It says this new arena will be a premier destination for music, arts, culture, and sporting events and that the project will be an “exciting, memorable and highly visible addition to the city’s rich architecture“.

The stadium will be attached to the Valencia Basket’s new home, and aims to boost the club’s growth and support large basketball events including the Liga Endesa and NBA games. The venue will also house additional training facilities, as well as a museum.

LICAMPA 1617 adds that the arena will offer a diverse range of premium hospitality products and a seating bowl designed to create an “intimate experience for spectators”. The multi-purpose, highly flexible design enables the venue to attract a wide range of events from family shows to international performers.

John Rhodes, director of HOK’s Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice, said:

“We are delighted to be working with ERRE on this important project with an ambitious client,” said  “Although it is early in the process, our vision is to create a sustainable home for Valencia Basket that will become a world-class sports and entertainment destination. It will be a valuable asset for the local economy, attracting visitors from across the region and creating a wonderful gateway building to the city.”

Jose Martí co-founder of ERRE arquitectura, added:

“Working on this project is a dream come true for our studio,” said  “As architects, we are very pleased to work side by side with HOK, learning from their amazing experience and savoir-faire. As citizens of Valencia, we are excited to be part of a project that will change the projection of our city to the world.”

The company says the next step in project development is an administrative phase with the municipality and that the architectural ambition of the project will “help invigorate the centre of the city, promoting Valencia globally”.