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$200m Estadio BBVA Bancomer opens as a new model for Mexican stadia

Monterrey, Mexico, is now officially ‘home’ to the most advanced soccer stadium in Latin America, with Estadio BBVA Bancomer, home of C.F. Monterrey, having officially opened its doors on August 2, 2015, as the new model for Mexican stadia.

The USD$200m stadium, designed by global architecture firm Populous, in collaboration with VFO Architects, is being celebrated as the most hospitality-driven stadium in the region.

David Lizarraga, lead architect on the project and Senior Associate at Populous, commented:

Without a doubt, Estadio BBVA Bancomer will usher in the next generation of stadiums in Latin America. The level of detail in the design – from the stadium’s façade, which speaks to Monterrey’s heritage, to the hospitality experience – is unmatched. The stadium is a modern marvel; it’s been truly special to see the new home for Rayados come to life in Monterrey.

Inspired by the region’s history of brewing and steel manufacturing, the stadium’s self-supported tripod-like structure creates a sculptural design. The structure is clad in metallic armature and aluminium, paying tribute to the steels mills that once thrived in the city. The silhouette of brewing stills influenced the asymmetrical shape of the stadium that lowers to the south, framing the famous Cerro de la Silla Mountain.

The stadium’s design incorporates the most significant premium experience in any soccer stadium across the globe, with neighbourhood seating spaces designed for the hospitality-driven fan. The venue’s 4,500 club seats and 324 suites create a well-rounded experience and are coupled with a seating bowl that allows for intimate views, bringing fans closer to the field than any other stadium in the region.


About Estadio BBVA Bancomer

Estadio BBVA Bancomer was developed for FEMSA and C.F. Monterrey in Guadalupe, Greater Monterrey. The stadium replaces the leased Estadio Tecnológico as the home of the Rayados, ending 63 years of residency at that stadium. It was inaugurated on 2 August 2015 with the eighth edition of the Eusébio Cup.

It is the most recent generation venue responsibly planned and integrated into its surroundings by its architectural design, created by one of the firms that have developed more stadiums than any firm in the world, Populous, along with VFO Architects, one of the most experienced companies in sporting venues in Mexico.

About Populous

Populous has designed a number of projects in Latin America, including Arena das Dunas, which hosted a number of matches during the 2014 FIFA World Cup; Estadio Omnilife, home of Chivas, and its current work on the new ballpark for Los Diablos Rojos del Mexico.

Populous is a global leader in designing environments that draw people together, from stadiums to convention centres; airports to mixed-use developments. The firm has designed more than 2,000 projects worth USD$30bn.

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