In their latest trip to the media, Rayados de Monterrey showed what they have done and proof of this are the modifications that will be made in their stadium and in the city.
Three months ago, the entire world watched as Argentina emerged victorious at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. For the first time, Lionel Andres Messi Cuccittini carried the trophy… But the ball keeps turning and the road to the 2026 World Cup is already it started . This will be the first time that three countries (Mexico, USA and Canada) will host this event. In Mexico, the selected cities are: Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey. This one raises her hand and tells the planet she’s ready for the football party.
One of its top teams, Rayados de Monterrey is showing its muscles. On his last trip to the media, he showed what he’s made of, and proof of that are the changes made in the city, like his stadium, which was prepared to receive Edo leaders and fans.
Alberto Molina, COO of Rayados, explains that the city is already building a new free public transport line and committing to release circulation during matches for all visitors with a ticket.
In terms of hotel infrastructure, Molina confirms that they already have “more than 15,000 rooms to accommodate visitors in hotels with more than three stars and less than 40 km from the BBVA Stadium.
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The BBVA Stadium, inaugurated on August 2, 2015, has new access systems that provide greater comfort to participants. It has electronic access, which means that everyone can enter with physical tickets, a physical signature and a digital signature. Molina explains: “New technologies are already being worked on to streamline access to various access controls that, through technologies such as facial recognition and fingerprints, can provide more pleasant and simpler stadium access experiences.
Also known as the Steel Giant, it is located at the foot of Cerro de la Silla and has the capacity to receive up to 53,500 fans, however, the club’s director of operations says that “adjustments will be made in the VIP areas to receive heads of state, ministers, presidents, etc., so we already have a plan with FIFA working on it, not final, but we are already moving forward in conversations about what is being pursued.”
The other two stadiums, Azteca Stadium and Akron Stadium, host 87,000 and 46,355 fans respectively.
Event participants will be able to enjoy the venue with the most technological features in Mexico, as it has two giant screens measuring 8×19 meters. It has more than 900 screens throughout the stadium so fans can watch the match from anywhere and not miss any of the action.
The club cares about the communication of its users. Therefore, they will be able to access “a Wi-Fi 6 system, capable of receiving up to 30,000 connected devices at the same time without losing any type of signal, with the ability to carry out broadcasting and it is completely free”, explained Molina.
Being a place with so many amenities, it is common to question to what extent this stadium is environmentally friendly? Well, this is the only stadium in the country and in Latin America that has Leed Silver certification for construction, which means being a leader in energy efficiency and sustainable design, is building a venue with environmentally friendly materials and equipment, this is certified by the United States Green Building Council, which was established in 1993 and only 14,000 sites worldwide hold this certificate.
To promote this certification, the club must have 100% LED lighting, so there is already a commitment to start installing this resource; “It will initially be ready before the end of this year. The cost of this installation is around US$ 1 million”, said Molina.
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At the moment, the Rayados course is the only course with a hybrid system in the country, “in its original configuration containing 95% natural grass and 5% artificial grass”. Molina explains that “the turf contains synthetic fibers injected 20 cm deep. These fibers are injected every 50 mm.
So far, the planned field is suitable for a World Cup event, on the contrary, stadiums such as Mercedes Benz and Gillet, located in the United States, will have to make adjustments to their field, which is all synthetic grass.
Not satisfied with this, the club decided to install a cooling system that has circulated around the world since Russia 2018. It is a system that is installed below the field, allowing water to be absorbed or injected according to needs.
“Today, all stadiums in Qatar have this system, which costs around US$ 3 million,” Molina told Grupo Expansión.
Between 5 and 6 million dollars we will have an investment value. They are not the only adjustments that need to be made, there are some others, but the main and strongest ones will be these.