HKS reveals design for new Léon stadium



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HKS Architects has won the bid to design the new football stadium and accompanying entertainment district development for Liga MX side Léon.

Grupo Pachuca — which owns Léon, Pachuca and other Latin American football teams — is building the new stadium along with the state government of Guanajuato.

New details and renderings of the official design for the 35,000-seater, 400-suite stadium have been revealed after HKS’ Mexican branch achieved their biggest success by winning the bid.

Six major bidders took part in the design competition, with teams representing the finest of Mexican, American and Spanish stadium designers.

HKS’ plan also reveals a 160-room hotel as well as retail space adjacent to the new stadium. The design boasts no less than 300 private boxes, as well as major lounges and other corporate hospitality options. The auditorium thus has only one regular tier of seating encompassing the field. Above it various facilities are planned, topped by ‘laola’ sections of regular seats on three sides.

In the north a major pavilion is planned with hotel rooms overlooking the field. A spacious and partly translucent canopy hovers above three sides of the stadium, supported by 4 primary and 13 secondary pylons. It’s designed to collect rainwater for internal use, one of many sustainability features of the design.

In aesthetic terms the stadium is rather conventional, however it offers acknowledgement to the city’s longstanding leather tanning industry. Thin strips of brown-colored metal will adorn the stadium, resembling pieces of leather left to dry.

Along its west side a major shopping centre is planned, along with Club León’s museum and hall of fame, football university and other leisure uses, accompanied by 3,500 parking spaces (east of the stadium). In total the complex is expected to cover over 124,000 square meters.

According to reports groundbreaking might take place within seven months with the stadium slated to be complete by 2024.

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