Striking revamp plans for Argentina venue


Plans for Argentinas Estadio Malvinas in Mendoza revealed Image: Government of Mendoza

Refurbishment plans have been unrolled for the Malvinas Argentinas Stadium in Mendoza, Argentina.

‘Government of Mendoza’ stated that the refurbishment plans were revealed recently following announcements made in April this year that the above facility will be among the 18 proposed stadia for the Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, and Paraguay joint 2030 FIFA World Cup™ bid.

The Malvinas Argentinas Stadium is a stadium in the City of Mendoza in the homonymous province of Argentina. With a seating capacity of 42,000 spectators, the stadium is the largest in Mendoza. Built for the 1978 FIFA World Cup™, it is owned and administered by the Provincial Government.

The 2030 FIFA World Cup will be the 24th FIFA World Cup™, a quadrennial international football tournament contested by the men’s national teams of the member-associations of FIFA. The 2030 World Cup will mark the centennial World Cup competition.

The Uruguay-Argentina-Chile-Paraguay 2030 FIFA World Cup™ bid is an intended joint bid to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup™ by Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay, and Chile. The tournament’s name would be Centenary World Cup. The 2030 World Cup hosts are expected to be picked in September 2024.

Plans are being drawn out to develop a new seating area in the above stadium surrounding the pitch which will replace the present one that currently separates the stand from the playing areas. To bring in these alterations, the pitch would be lowered.

If the above joint bid succeeds, then a new roof will be installed on the Malvinas Argentinas Stadium covering all the stands and the sightlines will also be improved.

Malvinas Argentinas Stadium

The Malvinas Argentinas Stadium is located at the foot of the imposing Andes mountain range, in the heart of the General San Martín Park, three kilometers from the downtown of the City of Mendoza, Argentina.

‘Government of Mendoza’ further stated that construction began in 1976 on the occasion of the 1978 Soccer World Cup, by the Uruguayan architect Rafael Viñoly, on a natural “ollada”, where the former General San Martín racetrack operated.

The stadium was inaugurated on May 14th, 1978. The name ‘Malvinas Argentinas Stadium’ dates back to 1982, in honor of the Argentine feat in the islands. Until that date, it was called the ‘Mendoza City Stadium’.

The size of the playing field is 106 meters long by 68 meters wide. The total capacity of the stadium is approximately 42,000 spectators distributed as follows: 11,000 people in Popular North, 11,000 people in Popular South, 8,000 in East Stand, and 12,000 in West Stands.

The Government of Mendoza, through the Undersecretary of Sports, continues to remodel the venue’s infrastructure in order to offer more comfort and greater security.

Today’s generation of fans want luxe stadia and looking into this factor there is a pressing need to upgrade the stadium even further. The arena has been upgraded from time to time and technical bells and whistles have been added to make it a futuristic stadium to hold major national and international sporting events.

Upgrades done so far:

  • Media zone created;
  • Security apparatus tightened;
  • Fire safety equipment upgrades;
  • Ramps for the mobility challenged;
  • Redecoration of the ‘Los Álamos’ parking area;
  • Locker rooms revamped; and
  • Boosting the WiFi network.

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