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Yucatán stadium to be best in Mexico

A new multi-purpose stadium set to be built in Merida, Mexico, will host baseball, football and concerts.

The venue will be the new home of baseball’s Yucatán Lions and Venados football club from 2023.

The Sustainable Yucatan Stadium (ESY) will be inspired by the Mayan culture and will host baseball games, soccer, concerts and other events.

The new $100 million venue will also include a shopping centre, hotel, restaurants, museum and other attractions that will make it a sporting and entertainment hub for the Mexican southeast.

The stadium aims to become the first LEED Platinum certified venue in Mexico, the highest level for buildings recognised worldwide.

The stadium will hold 23,000 fans for baseball games and can host up to 32,000 for music events.

The stadium has been designed by architectural firm Populous and is understood to have retractable stands.

Governor of the State of Yucatán, Mauricio Vila Dosal, said that all Yucatecans should be very proud that private capital has chosen Yucatán to build the best stadium in the country. He said:

We are planning a world-class construction project, which will generate more than 4,000 jobs during its construction phase and when it begins to operate it will generate more than 1,000 permanent jobs.