IDOM all set to primp-preen Elche CF home


Redevelopment of Elche CF stadium Image: Elche CF and IDOM

The leading multinational company IDOM is all set to spruce up the looks of the Segunda División team Elche CF home ground – the Manuel Martínez Valero Stadium in Elche, Spain.

‘IDOM’ stated that the Elche CF approached IDOM as they wanted to totally refurbish their home ground.

Work will begin in 2025 and the stadium renovation is expected to be completed by the 2026-2027 seasons coinciding with the club’s 50th anniversary.

Redevelopment of Elche CF stadiumImage: Elche CF and IDOM

Bilbao (Spain)-based IDOM is a leading multinational company providing professional services in consulting, engineering and architecture. One of its competitive advantages is the exceptional level of commitment it offers to its clients accompanying them through all phases of their projects.

The Elche CF is a Spanish professional football club based in Elche, Province of Alicante in the Valencian Community, Spain. Founded in 1923, the club competes in the Segunda División, the men’s second professional association football division of the Spanish football league system.

The 31,388-capacity Manuel Martínez Valero Stadium is a stadium located in the Spanish City of Elche in the province of Alicante, Valencian Community, Spain. It is the home stadium of the Elche CF, a team that is currently playing in the Segunda División. The venue’s name pays tribute to the Late President of the club, Manuel Martínez Valero.

Redevelopment of Elche CF stadiumImage: Elche CF and IDOM

The IDOM has laid down four objectives as part of their plans to refurbish the above facility:

  • Rearrangement of the interior spaces;

‘IDOM’ further stated that redeveloping the interior spaces of the stadium will help in improving the operational aspects. It will also open up spaces for additional use. A new parking space will be created and a new media zone will also be set up. A reception area will also be set up so as to offer enhanced hospitality experiences to the fans on the upper floors of the venue.

  • Restoring the pristine sheen and heritage of the stadium;

The Manuel Martínez Valero Stadium, built in 1976, boasts a successful track record and enjoys high heritage value which has got a little blurred due to the modernization effects. The pristine sheen of the arena will be restored.

  • New façade for the historic building; and

A new façade will be created for the stadium thus lending it a traditional look. The original structure will be retained with the stands, the entrances and the circulation areas remaining intact and the venue will be adorned with a new-look skin which would be of a light character and will allow enough circulation of air and will envelop the stadium. The skin, to be formed by twisted white elements, will make the central area of the arena more transparent leaving much breathing space and elbow room. A new roof will come up covering the main stand.

  • A stadium with the 365 day element.

The layout of the outer skin of the stadium also allows the creation of a new atrium thus reinforcing the link between the stadium and its surroundings. The urban development will create a new living space for the stadium’s neighborhood and the City of Elche which will infuse the 365 day a year element into the venue and it will be abuzz with activities the whole year through and not just on matchdays. Green spaces will be created, leisure and sports activities will be introduced for the community and will help reap rich revenue.

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