The Beck Group Celebrates New Stadium at Tec de Monterrey

  • May 9, 2019

The Beck Group recently joined Tec de Monterrey, also known as Monterrey Institute of Technology, in a series of community events celebrating the opening of its internationally integrated design-build project, the multipurpose stadium called Estadio Borregos in Monterrey, Mexico.

The inauguration events ran from April 30 through May 4, which included a university women’s soccer tournament, exhibition American football game, a cultural festival with performances from campus music ensembles and a student exhibition.

“Fortunately, students and the surrounding community will be able to enjoy the stadium year- round because the facility is suited to accommodate student life and leadership activities in addition to sporting events and concerts,” says Toby Newham, senior designer and associate principal at Beck.

For example, a local fair hosted by Tec de Monterrey that includes student participants from every state in Mexico, Expo Tec, will occur under the open trellises surrounding the stadium’s east concourse. The concourses were designed with extra width to accommodate these events. “We are thrilled to have made a vibrant contribution to the urban landscape that will become a big part of every student’s education and experience at Tec de Monterrey,” Newham said.

Estadio Borregos was designed by Beck’s design team in Dallas and built by its construction group in Mexico. The first-class, multi-functional facility frames the scenic mountain backdrop of the Cerro de la Silla on a 14-hectare site intended to serve as the school’s central location for sports, culture and student leadership.

The facility is part of a larger urban regeneration project, DistritoTec, which seeks to integrate public space with neighboring communities to create an ecosystem of entrepreneurship and innovation.

Beck designed the Estadio Borregos with built-in flexibility for both university and community use. The facility’s multi-purpose design is suitable for a range of activities including sporting events (both soccer and American football), conferences, cultural events (like concerts) and student festivals. Soccer matches and American football games at the stadium can accommodate 10,000 attendees, while concerts can accommodate roughly 20,000 guests.

In addition to unique features like the stadium’s compliance with NCAA standards, its rectangular shape that mimics the intimate feeling of a soccer stadium and its sunken field and seating bowl that creates an open appearance and feel, the facility includes a large plaza in the south end zone outside the stadium gates for community use. This space can accommodate food trucks and contains seating areas that directly overlook the stadium in addition to leasable space open to the public outside of stadium hours.

Estadio Borregos, the design phase for which began in March 2016, is the latest and most notable of Beck’s sports-facility projects to date. Past projects include Duke University’s Cameron Indoor Stadium, Wallace Wade football stadium and Scott Family Pavilion Addition as well as Dickies Arena in Fort Worth.