Tec de Monterrey Estadio Borregos
Monterrey, Mexico143,000 SF; 10,057 seatsBeck – Preconstruction Beck – Architecture Beck – Construction
Tec de Monterrey is one of the largest and most prestigious universities in Latin America with 15,000 students at the Monterrey campus. One of the unique features of the school is that it has been playing American Football since 1945. With the most storied program in Mexico, the school has been featured in the New York Times and ESPN. To celebrate the university’s seventy-fifth anniversary, the school opened a new 10,057 seat stadium to serve as the home of the American football program as well as men’s and women’s soccer.
The facility is home to Tec de Monterrey’s entire athletic program with weight training, rehabilitation, and meeting rooms for athletes in multiple programs. As athletics are a key component of the university’s TEC 21 educational pedagogy, creating a facility that was accessible to all students and the surrounding community was essential. It was also important to Tec that this large structure should fit into the context of the historic campus. This was accomplished by placing the stadium at the north end of a new central park created on the site of the old demolished stadium.
The approach to the Estadio Borregos is made much more accessible by lowering the field level by 23 feet to bring the concourse to street level. When visitors approach the stadium from the park, they are presented with a 2 level structure that
echoes the architecture of the original classroom buildings on the core campus. The south end zone features a public plaza with open views of the action on the field. A wide and shaded concourse means the facility will be able to host a multitude of events from festivals to concerts, and to provide a variety of entertainment offerings to both students and the community at large. On the second level, meeting rooms and offices are convertible to suites and wide circulation corridors become viewing terraces.
The stadium was Beck’s first integrated design and construction project in Mexico and was the recipient of a prestigious Texas Society of Architect’s 2020 Design Award.