Mars mesmerizing show to reopen Mexico venue


Mexico City’s Foro Sol naming rights Image: Ocesa

Mexico’s Foro Sol Stadium has been given a new name ahead of its reopening with a concert by the American singer-songwriter Bruno Mars later this Summer.

‘IQ’ stated that the 65,000-capacity Mexico City site will now be known as the GNP Seguros Stadium after securing a naming rights deal with the insurance company GNP.

The 65,000-capacity GNP Seguros Stadium, formerly known as the Foro Sol, is a multipurpose stadium built in 1993 inside the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in the Eastern Mexico City. It is located near the Mexico City International Airport and is operated by the Grupo CIE. The venue was originally built for staging large music concerts.

The Grupo Nacional Provincial (GNP) is one of Mexico’s largest insurance companies. The GNP holds a large market share in six areas: Car insurance, home insurance, business insurance, basic insurance, life insurance, and medical insurance.

The 110,000-capacity Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez is a 4.304 km motorsport race track in Mexico City, Mexico, named after the Mexican motorsport racing drivers Ricardo Rodríguez and Pedro Rodríguez. The circuit got its name shortly after it opened when Ricardo Rodríguez died in practice for the non-Championship 1962 Mexican Grand Prix.

Mexico City (Mexico)-based the Grupo CIE is a Mexican entertainment and media company. It is the leader of the Latin American entertainment sector, focusing especially on the markets of Hispanic and Portuguese language, including the Latin market of the United States. The Grupo CIE is a Latin American amalgam of the Live Nation (American multinational entertainment company).

Bruno Mars is an American singer-songwriter. He is known for his stage performances, retro showmanship and for performing in a wide range of musical styles, including pop, rhythm and blues (R&B), funk, soul, reggae, disco, and rock.

‘IQ’ further stated that the venue, which opened in 1993, has been closed for renovation since early 2024, but will relaunch with Mars’ performance on August 10th.

Averred Alejandro Soberón Kuri, OCESA Founder and head honcho, “The GNP Seguros Stadium will reopen its doors to continue being the global benchmark venue where the best national and international artistes connect with their fans. Thanks to GNP Seguros for being the ally with which this venue will live a new era.”

Mexico City (Mexico)-based OCESA is a Mexican concert promoter founded in 1990 by Alejandro Soberon Kuri. The company organizes concerts, music festivals and other live events. It is currently the largest music promoter in Mexico.

The other upcoming shows at the stadium include four nights by Metallica (American heavy metal band) (September 20th, 22nd, 27th, and 29th), plus two dates with The Killers (American rock band) (October 5th-6th), as well as headline shows by Feid (Colombian singer), Natanael Cano (Mexican rapper and musician), Caifanes (Mexican rock band), Eric Clapton (English guitarist and singer-songwriter), Blink-182 (American rock band), Iron Maiden (English heavy metal band), The Fabulous Cadillacs, Morat (Colombian Latin pop rock band), and Twenty One Pilots (American musical duo).

Following the Mexico gig, Mars will also become the first act to play at the new 18,000-capacity Intuit Dome in Los Angeles (US) on August 15th and 16th before resuming his Las Vegas (US) residency at the 6,400-capacity Dolby Live on August 20th.

In the Autumn, hitmaker Mars will embark on a 14-date tour of Brazil, including multiple stadium concerts. The run will stop at São Paulo’s 66,795-capacity Estádio MorumBIS for six nights from October 4th-5th, 8th-9th and 12th-13th, followed by three shows at the 44,661-capacity Estádio Nilton Santos in Rio de Janeiro (October 16th, 19th and 20th).

The 38-year-old American will then perform two gigs each at the 72,788-capacity Arena BRB Mané Garrincha in the capital of Brazil – Brasília (October 26th-27th) and at the 40,502-capacity Couto Pereira Stadium in Curitiba, Brazil (October 31st and November 1st), finishing up at the 61,927-capacity Estádio Mineirão in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on November 5th.

Mars has already proven to be a huge draw in Brazil, headlining two soldout days at the inaugural edition of the 105,000-capacity Rock in Rio spinoff festival The Town, which debuted in São Paulo last year. The star also made history in Japan with seven soldout shows at the 55,000-capacity Tokyo Dome in early 2024.

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