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Estadio Akron

Location: Zapopan, México
Membrane: PVC
Market Segment: Stadiums
Project Size: 120,000 sqft
Architect: VFO architects
Owner: Jorge Vergara
Completion Date: May 2010

stadio Akron, formerly known as the Estadio Omnilife and Estadio Chivas, is a multipurpose stadium that is used mostly for football matches, including home matches for Club Deportivo Guadalajara, commonly known as the “Chivas”. It is part of the JVC complex and has a capacity of 49,850. The first work started in February 2004, less than 2 years after Jorge Vergara, billionaire and owner of the site, bought Chivas. Due to insufficient funding, construction was halted several times and ended after 6.5 years.

The iconic part of this stadium is its hill-like shape. Concrete shell cast on site was covered with 700,000 sqft of grass to create a dynamic yet fluent connection with the surrounding landscape. This was the idea of VFO architects, who made it almost like a volcano with a red crater of double-tiered seating and a white cloud made of PVC membrane for the roof, nearly levitating thanks to only 16 supports.