Plans Revealed for HOK-Designed Arena in Valencia, Spain
The 15,000-seat venue will be the new home of the Valencia Basket Club and create a new destination within the city.
LICAMPA 1617, an enterprise founded by Spanish businessman Juan Roig, has revealed an ambitious master plan for a new arena in downtown Valencia. Designed by HOK and the Spanish architecture firm ERRE, the new arena will be a premier destination for music, arts, culture and sporting events. Attached to the stadium will be the new home of Valencia Basket Club, a member of Spain’s top professional basketball league, Liga Endesa.
The fan-focused project will boost the club’s growth and popularity and add to the rich architecture of Spain’s third-largest city. The venue will feature training facilities, a museum, a diverse range of premium hospitality amenities and an intimate seating bowl designed to heighten the fan experience. The arena’s multipurpose, highly flexible design enables the venue to attract a wide range of events from family shows to international performers and large sporting events, such as NBA exhibition games.
“We are delighted to be working with ERRE on this important project with an ambitious client,” said John Rhodes (right), director of HOK’s Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice. “Our vision is to create a sustainable home for Valencia Basket that will become a world-class sports and entertainment destination. It will be a valuable asset for the local economy, attracting visitors from across the region and creating a wonderful gateway building to the city.”
“Working on this project is a dream come true for our studio,” said Jose Martí co-founder of ERRE Arquitectura. “As architects, we are very pleased to work side by side with HOK, learning from their amazing experience and savoir-faire. As citizens of Valencia, we are excited to be part of a project that will change the projection of our city to the world.”
The next step in project development is an administrative phase with the municipality. The architectural ambition of the project is intended to invigorate Valencia’s downtown and promote the city globally.