The Master Plan of the new Tigres stadium

In 20 years there has been no larger disbursement in the construction or remodeling of a soccer stadium in Mexico than the one that Tigres will make with 320 million dollars to activate its Construction Master Plan, which, they estimate, can be released in 2025, a year before the World Cup in which our country will host together with the United States and Canada.

Until today, the Kraken stadium in Sinaloa is the youngest in Liga MX, being inaugurated in the summer of 2020. Its construction required an investment of 32 million dollars and the support of the state government was elementary. Governor Quirino Ordaz confirmed that the new stadium has a loan agreement with the owners of Mazatlán FC. On the other hand, before the announcement of Tigres, the highest investment in construction had been 200 million dollars for the BBVA de Rayados (opened in 2015) and the Akron de Chivas stadium, opened in 2010.

Tigres’ new house will allegedly be financed with private resources, through local and international sources, as well as investment funds. Eight authorities were present on the stage set up on the grass of the ‘El Volcán’ stadium, including state and local authorities, congressional authorities, businessmen and the Autonomous University of Nuevo León.

The speeches of the authorities highlighted important points such as: the expectation of a government that would take “urgently” the intention to build the stadium, which remained in draft since before the administration of Samuel García. The vision focuses on creating an infrastructure that does not become a “white elephant” over time, that has interior multifunctionality and generates economic activity in the periphery.

The pillars of the stadium are that it be sustainable, serve other sports and also concerts, have digital connectivity and public mobility, use local materials in its construction, have exclusive locker rooms for women’s sports and become “an icon postcard of New Lion”.

It will be the third stadium in Mexican soccer with the largest capacity after Azteca and Ciudad Universitaria. From 41,000 stands it will go to 65,000, with which “it becomes an inclusive stadium”, because its size will allow handling different ticket costs and with it “receive everyone from different social strata”.

The architectural firm Populous will be the creator, which supports its expertise in the construction of around 3,000 projects, several of them Olympic stadiums. Some examples are: the BBVA Stadium in Rayados, the Akron in Chivas, the remodeling of the New York Yankees Stadium, the Emirates Stadium, the new Wembley Stadium, the O2 Arena in London, the Estádio da Luz in Lisbon, the Audi Field in Washington DC and Stadium Australia in Sydney.

Populous talked about the premises of the project, including: preserving traditions, creating a local atmosphere that is intimidating for the rival team, having an active stadium while the new one is being built, and making it retractable. Part of the stands may be removed to make room for an athletics track and the lawn will be dedicated to football and soccer.

César Esparza, leader of Ball Games and director of the company in the United States, pointed out that it will be a multipurpose space, which is expected to open in early 2025, in which the generation of 2,000 direct and 4,000 indirect jobs in the industry is expected. construction, 3,000 in operation and 60,000 jobs in the service sectors linked to international events.

Reference was made to a new Silicon Valley, which will have offices for entrepreneurs, research areas, business incubators, networking spaces and classrooms for new automation careers.

“Hey, Secretary of Economy! The new Silicon Valley will be in this stadium. The best stadium in the country is coming, which will house the Tigres. In the campaign we said that we were going for a new stadium,” said the governor of Monterrey, Samuel García Sepúlveda.

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