Grupo Pachuca, parent company of Club León, has spelled out the timeline for the development of the Liga MX football club’s new stadium, adding that it wants Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim to become involved in the project.

In September 2018, Club León presented details of a new 35,000-seat stadium as part of a mixed-use development planned by Grupo Pachuca. Manhattan International Construction Company and architectural firm HKS won a tender process to develop Nuevo Estadio León, which will comprise three phases.

Phase one will encompass development of the stadium, which will have an initial capacity of 35,000. León has called the Estadio León, which has a capacity of around 31,000, its home since the stadium opened in 1967.

Phase two will involve the development of a 300-room hotel attached to the stadium, along with retail stores and a public gym. The final phase will lead to the construction of a football university, as well as a specialised medical clinic.

In May, Real Madrid awarded FCC Construcción, a Spanish building and infrastructure company majority owned by Slim, with the contract to handle the redevelopment of Estadio Santiago Bernabéu.

FCC also recently handled the development of Real’s LaLiga rival Atletico de Madrid’s new home, the Wanda Metropolitano, and Grupo Pachuca president, Jesús Martínez Patiño, said he is keen for Slim to deliver the Nuevo Estadio León.

In an interview with Mexican media company Grupo Reforma, Patiño said: “We want the company of Carlos Slim to build it, we are in the last three months of the design completion process. It (the stadium) will be something unique in the world.”

At the time of last year’s announcement, work on the project was expected to commence in the summer of 2019, with the stadium completed in the second half of 2021 or the first half of the following year.

Concerning the current timeline for the stadium, Patiño added: “I think that in January and February (of 2020), we will be laying the first stone, and it would take us between two years, eight months and three years to finish it.”

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