Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca has engaged Spanish company MolcaWorld to give the stadium a makeover ahead of its role as a host venue for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

Mexico is co-hosting the national team football tournament alongside the United States and Canada, with the historic stadium having previously staged World Cup finals in 1970 and 1986, respectively.

Headquartered in Valencia, MolcaWorld specialises in branding and visual communication projects for companies and sports organisations. Spanish news agency EFE said the agreement with the managers of the Azteca will lead to the “integral revitalisation” of the stadium.

This will include the facades, stands, changing rooms, press rooms and VIP boxes, as part of a multi-phase project. MolcaWorld has worked on a number of similar projects with Spanish football stadia, including revamps of Valencia’s Mestalla and Sevilla’s Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán. The company also worked on the development of Atlético de Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano.

First opened in 1966, the 87,500-capacity Azteca currently hosts the Mexican national team, along with Liga MX clubs Club América and Cruz Azul. The stadium also hosts an annual NFL American football regular season game, although this year’s encounter has been cancelled due to COVID-19.

Image: Estadio Azteca