El Campín Stadium project gets underway


Bogotá to develop new El Campín Sports and Cultural Complex Image: IDRD

Officials in the City of Bogotá in Colombia have given the green light for work to start on the redevelopment of El Campín Stadium after a Public Private Partnership (PPP) deal was sealed.

Idrd.gov.co said the work will be carried out to modernize the 174,000 m2 plot of land where the stadium stands, with an investment of $2.4 billion pesos ($617m), to turn it into the meeting point for culture, tourism, recreation and sports in Bogotá.

El Campín Stadium, located in the town of Teusaquillo and inaugurated on August 10, 1938, is the largest and most iconic stadium in Bogotá.

Thanks to the PPP project, it will become a newly revitalized venue that will be able to accommodate at least 45,000 spectators, up from 37,000 currently.

The new stadium will comply with FIFA and the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) standards.

The redeveloped stadium will boast the latest technology, and include areas and zones for public use, which will guarantee the best experience for all attendees, in-line with the most modern stadiums in the world.

As well as the revamped stadium, the El Campín Sports and Cultural Complex, will include an auditorium for the Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra, restaurant areas and a new administrative headquarters for the IDRD, Bogota’s District Institute of Recreation and Sports.

Sports, entrepreneurship and recreational spaces will also be built and will contribute to positioning the city as a leading architectural and tourist destination, without any public funding required.

Blanca Durán, director of the IDRD, said, “We are committed to positioning Bogotá as an elite city in terms of recreation, sports and culture, for the benefit of citizens. With the awarding of the project, the aim is for the country’s capital to enjoy international events in a modern, urban setting.”

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.

With the expansion of the stadium’s capacity, Bogotá will be prepared to host sporting events of national and international importance, offering the highest standards in infrastructure and quality.

The new venue, designed for the cultural development of the city, will also have a philharmonic auditorium, with an estimated investment of 180 billion pesos.

The project includes the construction of an auditorium where the Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra, one of the most awarded and recognized in Latin America, can perform.

The space, with capacity for 2,500 people, with cutting-edge acoustic technology, will have two rooms: a larger one and an alternate one, in addition to having a rehearsal room for the exclusive use of the Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra and its artists.

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