El Campín project Bogotá cultural enrichment


Revamp of Bogotas Estadio El Campín Image: Estadio El Campin, StevenCard30, CC BY-SA 4.0

A New Era for El Campín

The El Campín cultural and sports complex project, a cornerstone in the development of Bogotá, Colombia, is set to begin in December 2023.

‘bnn’ stated that this ambitious venture, overseen by the District Institute of Recreation and Sports (IDRD), is to be awarded through a Public-Private Partnership (PPP). It’s a unique project in the country and in Latin America, fully funded by private resources.

The Estadio Nemesio Camacho El Campín, commonly known as El Campín, is the main stadium of Bogotá, Colombia. It was inaugurated on August 10th, 1938 and has a current capacity of 39,512 spectators. It is the home ground of the Categoría Primera A (the top of the Colombian football league system) teams Millonarios and Santa Fe.

The Millonarios Fútbol Club, also known as Millonarios, is a Colombian professional football club based in Bogotá that currently plays in the Categoría Primera A, the top flight of football in Colombia.

The Club Independiente Santa Fe, known simply as Santa Fe, is a Colombian professional football team based in Bogotá, Colombia, which currently plays in the Categoría Primera A. They play their home games at the El Campín Stadium. Santa Fe is one of the three most successful teams in Colombia.

The Timeline and Structure of the Project

‘bnn’ further stated that the execution of the project will be carried out over an extensive period of 29 years, with a total cost estimated to be over 2.4 trillion pesos. The project will be executed in two phases: The preconstruction phase, which is estimated to last 12 months, and the construction phase, which will take around 3.5 years. After the construction phase is completed, the operation and maintenance phase will commence, lasting until the end of the 29-year concession.

Revamping the Stadium and Creating New Spaces

The project is designed to include various facilities and public spaces. Among the most notable is a new stadium, estimated to be worth approximately 600 billion pesos, and an auditorium for the Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra, which is worth 180 billion pesos.

The new El Campín stadium, one of the flagship works of the project, will be built according to FIFA regulations and will have a seating capacity for 45,000 spectators. Apart from the seating area, the stadium will also house boxes, museums, food and drink zones, shops and restaurants, as well as dressing rooms, press rooms and hospitality areas for athletes. The development of this stage will be carried out in phases to ensure that sports competitions, especially football, continue without interruptions.

Creating a Hub for Cultural Activities

The Philharmonic Orchestra’s auditorium is another significant addition to the complex. The venue will have a capacity for 2,500 people and will be equipped with modern acoustic technology. It will also feature two rooms, an instruments warehouse and backstage and logistics areas.

Expanding Public Areas and Facilities

The Southern area of the cultural and sports complex will be revamped to include a gastronomic zone, terraces and public bathrooms. The goal is to attract more people, especially during stadium events. The area will also feature a building with sports spaces, a gym, offices for the IDRD, mixed-use spaces, shops, restaurants, and services. In a nod to the growing popularity of digital sports, an area for e-sports and a building with commercial premises, an events pavilion, unloading areas, a coworking area, and an e-sports center will also be included.

Entertainment and Parking Areas

There will also be an entertainment area with commercial spaces, cinemas, restaurants, and children’s and family entertainment venues. To cater to the needs of the visitors, the complex will have an underground parking area with over 2,000 parking spaces for vehicles, motorcycles and bicycles. It will also include spaces for people with reduced mobility, a taxi area and bicycle and scooter rental zones.

This comprehensive redevelopment of the El Campín complex signifies a significant step in the urban development and cultural enrichment of Bogotá. It is a testament to the potential of public-private partnerships to transform urban landscapes and create spaces that cater to a variety of cultural, sporting and recreational interests.

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