Samuel Alejandro Garca Sepúlveda, the governor of Nuevo León, has announced the beginning of construction of the new Estadio Universitario, which will serve as the future home of Tigres UANL of Liga MX.
After signing a contract for the site on which the stadium will be built, Garca Seplveda declared in February that construction on the 65,000-seat stadium, which will serve as Tigres’ new home, was ready to start. The project, whose development is anticipated to cost at least $486.1 million, has been given a 210,000 square metre plot.
Garca Seplveda, together with officials of the club, Populous, Cemex, UANL, Sinergia Deportiva, and Juego de Pelota, made the initial announcement of the plans for the 65,000-seat stadium during a press conference earlier in January 2022. The stadium was scheduled to be completed in 2025.
To enable year-round utilisation and provide a socially responsible and financially viable venue, the privately funded project also includes shops, hospitality, hotel rooms, offices, and classes for the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León.
The team won’t have to move during construction and will keep its location at the university with easy access to the city because the new stadium will be built on a parking lot next to the present Estadio Universitario.
García Sepúlveda stated via press release: “Today we are the epicentre of ‘nearshoring’ worldwide. Billions and billions of dollars are arriving, we are already at $25bn and we could not stay behind and not have the best stadium in Latin America and one of the best in the world – the new stadium of Tigres.
“This will become a representation of Nuevo León before Mexico and before the world.”
“This stadium was built in the 1960s, since then we have filled it. In the 60s we were at a million inhabitants, today we are six million and very soon we will be eight million. By simple proportion and population arithmetic rule, we no longer fit. Now our fans are ready for something bigger.”
Tigres aim to complete the stadium by 2026, as Mexico co-hosts the World Cup along side USA and Canada.