Designed by Mexican-born architects Francisco Gonzalez Pulido and Alonso de Garay, of Chicago-based FGP Atelier, and Taller ADG based in Ciudad de México; the Alfredo Harp Helú stadium is the country’s largest baseball facility to date with 20,000 seats—a drastic difference from its home team’s previous home, the 5,200-seat Estadio Fray Nano. A baseball aficionado, part team owner, and renowned Mexican businessman and philanthropist, Helú commisioned De Garay, who invited González Pulido to collaboratee, to design a world-class facility replete with all of the services and amenities for its team and its followers, but with the grander intention of reinvigorating the sport in Mexico and fostering a sense of community and culture. Located adjacent to the Formula One Race Track in the sports complex of Magdalene Mixhuca, the architectural and theoretical undertaking involved melding modern and prehistoric materials to reference Mexico’s history and culture while turning the paradigm of the stadium on its head. The stadium’s roof, which is aptly shaped in the form of a trident spear to reference the home’s team’s devilish name, was a technological feat in itself. The roof was designed by FGP Atelier, the non-public interiors by Taller ADG, and podium seating and public circulation as a collaboration between FGP Atelier and Taller ADG.
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