Here is the innovative BIM project to expand and redevelop the Buenos Aires stadium named “La Bombonera”
The working group led by the engineer Carlos Augusto Vallet (member of the Professional Council of Civil Engineering in Argentina) has recently released a new video presenting a redevelopment project applied through BIM methodologies of the Buenos Aires stadium, more commonly known as “La Bombonera”.
History of “La Bombonera”
The Alberto J. Armando stadium (colloquially called “La Bombonera”) is the home stadium of the football Club Atlético Boca Junior, located in the neighborhood of “La Boca” in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Its construction began on February 18, 1938 and ended on May 25, 1940, under the supervision of the architect Viktor Sulčič and the Italian structural engineer Giuseppe L. Delpini.
The stadium could host 49,000 seated spectators so far, while the total capacity was 57,000.
A study conducted by a Spanish newspaper in October 2018 classified “La Bombonera” in second place as the best stadium in the world, behind the Allianz Parque of the Brazilian club Palmeiras, while surpassing other world-famous stadiums such as Santiago Bernabéu, Camp Nou, Wembley, Azteca stadium, Giuseppe Meazza, Maracaná, Signal Iduna Park, Old Trafford and the Allianz Arena.
The BIM project of the new Bombonera stadium
The new project envisages no significant change to the current look of the external building, with multi-tier stands, respecting its original design and the authentic appearence created by the Delpini-Sülcic-Bes studio in the 1930s.
The current stadium, however, is unfinished on one of the four sides. Therefore, a new grandstand is expected to be completed to give it a uniform appearance to the building.
The new grandstand, after the works, will increase the sector’s capacity from 2,500 to over 20,000 spectators. In this way the Alberto J. Armando stadium would have a total capacity of about 70,000 spectators.
The key points of the project, conceived by a Slovenian architectural practice, are:
- total redevelopment and expansion of the existing stalls next to the football field
- demolition in three months of the current sector built in 1996
- acquisition of 19 lots close to the stadium to allow their expansion
- preventing the interruption of via del del Iberlucea (which will continue by joining a tunnel under the new stands) and via Pinzón
- no existing road will be altered, traffic through Iberlucea will be preserved, while new pedestrian paths will be implemented
- the air rights of any surrounding property will not be trespassed by the new expansion.
The stadium refurbishment will provide important changes also to the neighbouring urban layout, creating a new tourist, cultural and gastronomic route that will connect La Usina del Arte – Puente Ferry and Caminito. In this area, the Club will be able to build commercial premises under the new grandstand and partly on the purchased lots.
The Boca club will also need to agree with the City of Buenos Aires regarding the reorganization and expansion of the surrounding urban space, together with moving existing homes that are now on the acquired lots.
The project will require an investment of approximately $ 70 million. Expenses will be covered by annual passes presales.
Season tickets will cost $ 3,500 ($ 700 per year to each of the 20,000 seats for 5 years) and will fully pay off the project.
Subsequently, renovation works are planned for the lower tier of the stadium and the complete refurbishment of the pitch. The completion of the building will consist in the construction of a new roof above the stands.
Video of the project
Here is the video created with virtual reality and images taken with drones, which show the implementation process of the BIM project for the new Bombonera stadium.