A long-awaited redevelopment of Estadio El Campín in Bogotá is finally set to materialise after the latest proposal to revamp the venue reportedly received the backing of the Colombian capital’s Mayor, Claudia López Hernández.
The local authority’s Recreation and Sports Institute is set to reveal details behind the renovation project in the coming days, according to various reports in the country.
Under the plans, the stadium’s capacity will increase from 39,000 to 46,500 seats, with a new hotel, as well as restaurants, movie theatres, concert and sports halls.
The aim is for the stadium, which was originally built in 1938, to be able to host larger sporting and cultural events.
The companies behind the project are set to be confirmed in December, with redevelopment work beginning next year.
Reports have indicated that construction work will be carried out in phases, allowing events to continue to be held at the venue.
The latest news comes nearly two years after plans were initially proposed to redevelop the facility.
At the time, Bogotá’s District Institute of Recreation and Sports (IDRD), which owns the stadium, received a proposal from a public-private alliance to rebuild the venue and expand its capacity from 36,000 to 45,000. The revamped stadium would have featured a retractable roof, along with a sports complex, multi-purpose auditorium, a commercial area and renovated public space.