After completely renovating the playground (improving the drainage system and converting to hybrid turf—5% artificial and 95% natural—), River Plate took a new step forward and began work Completely refurbished Memorial StadiumWhich will become the sports venue of the largest capacity football club in all of South America: 81 thousand viewers.
Antonio Vespucci Liberty it will become in Country’s first court to have four trays, after the construction of a new lower ring where the athletics track used to be. This will allow fans to be even closer to the action.
This first phase of reforms, which will cost about $20 million, focuses on Formation of three of the four lower tribunes: Sivori, Centenario and San Martín. Belgrano, on the other hand, will be held in the next stage, as the River Plate institution must be relocated first (this may be within the club or on nearby property). It is targeted to be completed in February 2023.
A topic that was striking in social networks was choice of gray as the main color (Some white and red flags will be built in Belgrano and San Martín Bajas). Beyond the fact that gray seeks to convey modernity and spaciousness, it also represents savings in the medium and long term. It is that according to studies conducted by the English company in charge of making the seats, red turns pink in just five years. Grey, on the other hand, lasts (about three times) longer.
“We are aware and we listen to the fans, but there are technical issues. The new stadiums go dark for durability and gray also has a connection with the river. The red turns pink over a period of about five years, while white is not recommended in stadiums that are not covered.”, President George Brito explained. Other venues such as Tottenham Hotspur, Santiago Bernabéu, Sophie Stadium, Elegant Stadium and Arena da Baixada also opted for dark colors for their pitches.
one of the main managers of work in Antonio Vespucci Liberty He confessed on the site that “we asked the supplier company if, in addition to being comfortable and anti-vandalism, whether the seats could last over time. Especially in stadiums that are not covered. There they gave us a lot of gray paint.” Enthusiastically suggested, because it’s a world trend. They triple the useful life of more traditional dyes.”
Another important detail is that to commemorate will continue to happen A single entrance tunnel from the campus to the playgroundwhich will be situated between the two benches of the option.
In addition to the High Screen above the High Sivori, Centenario will have one more. both will be Extra wide panoramic screen and will be three times the size of the current one.
On the other hand, the distribution of the masses will be modified, because 71% of the places will be stalls and the remaining 29% will be popular, The current lower portion, as well as the lower portion to be built, will be popular, both behind the Sivori Grandstand and the arches of the Centenario. This will be followed by a full ring of stalls at the bottom, San Martin and Belgrano stalls, and the middle stalls. In the case of Centenario and Sivori, these stalls would have nothing to do with the popular ones.
“The river economy is no stranger to inflation. Fortunately, we have already paid for 60 per cent of the work. We were also able to import a good percentage of the components coming from overseas. They are expected to reach the country within the next 20 days. We had an additional $4 million to budget for this phase”, Brito admitted.
Future Lower Lower Centennial Grandstand (This will be one of the new popular areas) This is one of the biggest progress, as 90% of the concreting has been completed., In addition, the opening of the new Marathon Gate for vehicular entry (in the area adjacent to the Belgrano stalls).
In the centenary box, for its part, work fencing was installed to create new exclusive spaces. The restrooms, grandstand bar and medical post were also demolished, as were 30 new boxes and a 700m2 24/7 restaurant to be built, with new circulation and coverings overlooking the river neighborhood and playground.
A third of the concreting in the lower San Martín is complete and the single exit tunnel to the playground is 70 percent advanced. It is expected that in the short term the seats will start coming up.
The lower sivori finished with the foundation phase (the base that will support the entire weight of the structure) and the concrete of the new frame is currently being executed. The Lower Belgrano Low is the most delayed, as it is anticipated for the next phase.
Other modifications that will be made in this first period are new desks (247 seats) in the central Belgrano grandstand for the press sector, 227 new garages (new parking level and pedestrian access to the stadium on the ground floor). Expansion of the paddock San Martín (from 200 to 500 square metres), new referee’s locker room, new anti-doping control area, expansion of the gastronomic area at San Martín Media, new audio system and new medical department on the ground floor Centenario Grandstand.
In the second phase, which will also cost around $20 million and is scheduled to be completed in July 2024, the lower ring will be closed. With the work in Belgrano, 46 boxes would be added to Media Sivori and thus the stadium would cease to operate. Two more parking floors will also be added (402 new garages, completing five parking levels and a new pedestrian bridge on the upper level, with connections at box level). In this way, it will be able to take 1141 cars home.