Chilean top-flight football club Deportivo Universidad Católica (Cruzados) has unveiled plans for a revamp of its stadium in Santiago.
The project has been developed by Spanish company IDOM and seeks to transform the Universidad Católica Stadium into the most modern and sustainable in the country, with a capacity of 20,000 spectators.
Watch a video of the planned makeover here.
The revamped venue will have a double storey, roofed stands and a new building in the Livingstone grandstand, as well as 50 VIP boxes in the Livingstone and Fouillioux stands and high-level hospitality areas.
Cruzados recently presented the design for the San Carlos Apoquindo Stadium, which will make it the most modern and sustainable in the country.
Among the main features, the new stadium will have four stands with roofs; stands that will also will have extended capacity thanks to the brand new, extended second floor.
It will also include modern boxes located in the Livingstone and Fouillioux Grandstands, similar to those in European stadiums, VIP areas, commercial and service areas.
The new design will have a bigger area for the press, while fans will be able to enjoy a club museum area.
As part of the new design, the four lighting towers will disappear and LED luminaires will be installed on the new roof, greatly reducing light pollution in the neighbourhood.
The new roof will also create a better atmosphere inside the venue by amplifying its acoustics and at the same time reducing noise pollution, an issue raised by neighbours in discussions around the scheme.
Due to the deadlines related to obtaining the necessary legal authorizations, obtaining the financing required for the construction of the project and agreeing the sale of the naming rights to a main sponsor, Cruzados expects that the works will be concluded during the second half of 2023, allowing the new venue to host some sports disciplines of the Pan American Games to be held in Santiago in October of that year.
To achieve the above, construction works are expected to begin during the first half of 2022.