Brazilian Campeonato Serie A football club Atlético Mineiro will today (Monday) begin groundwork on its new 46,000-seat stadium, Arena MRV.

The stadium, which was given the green light in December, will be located in the northwest region of Belo Horizonte. The stadium will replace the Estádio Independência as Atlético’s home ground and is expected to take around two and a half years to build.

The stadium project also includes 40 bars and 2,400 parking spaces, along with 26,000 square metres of green space. Construction work will be carried out by Racional Engenharia.

“It is a very special moment for the Massa Atleticana,” club president Sette Câmara said. “Our dream of having our own stadium is beginning to become a reality. It is a real gift and a huge pride for all Atléticanos. I sincerely thank everyone who is helping Galo build the best arena in Brazil.”

Atlético secured a financial injection for the stadium project in January after sealing an agreement to sell a stake in the Shopping Diamond Mall.

Later that month, the on-site environmental reserve was enclosed and construction work is now set to begin. Atlético said the construction site will respect municipal and state laws designed to limit the spread of COVID-19 and the club has pledged to strictly follow all safety and hygiene protocols.

“We go to great lengths to protect employees at the construction site,” Arena MRV chief executive Bruno Muzzi said. “The suppression phase continued in the last month, with great security and awareness. We are all respecting social distancing and following all recommendations.”

Muzzi added: “This is one of the main milestones at Arena MRV since the installation license was approved. For us, it is a cause for great joy to reach the groundworks stage, as our planning is taking shape. For years, we have had a multi-disciplinary team committed to the project and I see that we are very aligned so that each stage goes according to the established schedule.”

Atlético currently shares the Estádio Independência with Serie B side América.

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