Olympic Soccer Stadium José Antonio Anzoátegui for the American Cup, 2007

LOCATIONComplejo Deportivo “Libertador Simón Bolívar”, Puerto La Cruz. Venezuela
PLOT AREA70.000 m²
PROJECT MANAGEMENTArq. F. Silva, Arq. T. Casanova, Arq. I. Casadesús.
PARTICIPANTSArq. A. Porras, Arq. A. Salazar, Arq. S. Lugo, I. Guzmán, D. Chacón, A. Saabedra, E. Altuve, Z. Fermín.

This sports facility is set up in the Libertador Simón Bolívar  Sports Complex, located in one of the most important avenues of the city, which the locals recognize as theirs since 1965. Due to this location, the stadium already had common areas such as access ways, parking lots, and services. The American Cup held in Venezuela in 2007, required a capacity extension from 8,000 to 36,000 spectators in the same site, for which only an area of 3,500 seats remained the same. The new stadium breaks the boundaries, opening up to a circular pedestrian boulevard, adapted to the topography, and which encloses all four buildings. This permits the existence of a big meeting space where all access ways, parking lots, and common areas flow. A succession of squares allows to distribute 13 access ways into 30 doors, as relief places, filled with views and the appropriate services. The visitor’s path is roofed by bleachers built with a mixed structure and divided by sections, functioning as doors, sector dividers, and windows to the show. Connected to the central square of the complex, the Gallery Building stands out. This building allocates spaces and services for referees, players, authority officers, spectators, VIP audience, and the press. The façade is formed by an independent system of interweaving ramps and staircases. Establishing a plastic continuity with spatiality and the actual structure, a massive 886 ft roof was erected, supported by two big pillars. This element boasts its own independency, and facilitates the lightning of the field, along with two opposed light towers. This stadium is projected as a self-managed complex, therefore it hosts spaces designed for exhibitions, fairs, and open spaces for different kinds of events.