Capturing a Latin spirit beneath the Cerro de la Silla

Estadio BBVA Bancomer

  • Monterrey
  • 2015

CHALLENGE. This world-class stadium forms the heart of the restored and enhanced Parque la Pastora, Monterrey’s new recreational and leisure destination. Populous challenged the expectations of what a modern world class stadium can be. It is, quite simply, a brilliant football stadium for Rayados and its fans – and the most atmospheric in Latin America, with a seating bowl designed to provide a more intense atmosphere than any other on the continent. To achieve this, spectators sit as close to the pitch as possible, with excellent views of the sport, while still enjoying an unparalleled level of spectator comfort.

INNOVATION. The stadium has a self-supporting tripodal structure. Air flow comes in via ‘gills’ in the facade, ventilating the stadium and keeping spectators and players comfortable. The cantilevered roof, which is a vast structure of 55 meters, also guarantees comfort within the stadium.

IMPACT. The stadium’s metallic ‘armature’ cladding references the industrial heritage of Monterrey. Its dramatic asymmetric sweeping form pays homage to the famous Cerro de la Silla mountain, a stunning vista of which is framed by the roof of the stadium.