Campeonato Brasileiro Série A football club Flamengo has presented plans to redevelop Sede da Gávea, its main headquarters and site of its first stadium.
Flamengo outlined the plans at a club meeting this week, with the goal of completely revitalising the facility and transforming the Estádio José Bastos Padilha into a 2,000-capacity venue.
The project, entitled ‘Gávea Século XXI’, intends to add a club-themed hotel and an underground parking lot with a thousand spaces. It is envisioned to provide a new attraction for Flamengo’s fanbase outside of Rio de Janeiro.
‘Caminho da Glória’, an open-air museum, along with themed restaurants and retail stores are also planned. Brazilian sports newspaper Lance! said the project is expected to cost around R$200m (£32m/€36.1m/$39.6m), with Flamengo expecting it will be financed through an agreement securing an operator for the hotel component.
Flamengo is a multi-sport club and Sede da Gávea is the location at which most of its athletes train. In November 1931, Flamengo was given the right to assign and lease the land, with Estádio José Bastos Padilha opening in 1938 with a capacity of 6,000. The club now plays the majority of its home football matches at the Estádio do Maracanã.
Located in the South Zone of Rio de Janeiro, at the foot of the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, Flamengo’s headquarters occupy an area of 73,000m2. The Complexo Esportivo da Gávea has three gyms, four bars, a restaurant, seven tennis courts, a water park with five pools and a large leisure area.
Gávea is home to rowing, swimming, water polo, synchronised swimming, basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, judo, futsal and tennis, in addition to Estádio José Bastos Padilha, which houses training sessions and the entire structure of Flamengo’s professional football operation.