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HOK’s Carlos de La Barrera Discusses Valencia Arena Design

Carlos de La Barrera, a senior design professional based in HOK’s London studio, provided Coliseum an update on the design and construction of Valencia’s Casal España Arena.

Excerpted from Coliseum:

The under-construction Valencia Arena will host up to 18,600 spectators and open in 2023. The €220 million venue for the City of Valencia in Spain will include unique premium spaces that embrace the Mediterranean climate.

“The arena will boast football fields, a basketball field and the venue will remain connected on both sides of the street as well as on both sides of the highway so that it becomes a full circle sport circuit and everything flows within,” said de La Barrera.

With connections to a new park, the leisure destination will host top national and international sports, cultural and entertainment.

The high point of the arena will be three terraces. The third-level terrace is next to the plaza. The mid-level terrace is for friends and families to gather for food and drink. The top-level terrace is for the exclusive use of the VIP guests.

The infrastructure will attract national and international music promoters who, until now, have not had a venue large enough to attract major tours. In addition, the new headquarters of the Valencia Basket Club will be built with an auxiliary track, changing rooms, media area, retail store, museum, and offices.

The arena will have an underground car park with approximately 1,300 spaces. It will also have an attached multipurpose room, a variety of restaurants and a wide range of seats, terraces and VIP areas. The facility will be equipped with the most advanced technology.

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