It's a very rare thing for us to present concepts of stadiums before their host teams even exist. But in this case even the league is yet to see its debut and the vision for Estadio Municipal Valle Dorado is already here.
As you may recall, recently we mentioned that a new league is being formed in Mexico, LBM (Liga de Balompié Mexicano). It's expected to be an alternative system to the popular Liga MX and games are supposed to go underway in less than 4 months. As of today, not even the alternative football federation CONIFA recognises LBM, not even mentioning more established bodies. And yet LBM's teams are being created in nearly half of all Mexican states already.
Newly established team Atlético Ensenada FC is expected to hold games at what would be expected to become Baja California's best multi-use stadium. In its final form it would hold 20,190 seats, which means it would only fall behind Tijuana's Estadio Caliente in its region of Mexico.
Structurally the venue is simple in order to enable fast, economic and phased construction, as well as building upon a pre-existing stadium. The base is Ensenada's municipal athletics stadium, located in the east of the city. At the start, the building holds 7,600 people on three stands, though only one of them is all-seated.
Because the concept was revealed only 115 days before the expected debut of the club in LBM, its development is expected to be gradual, enabling use by the club. The first phase would see a brand new main grandstand in the west, offering space not just for the club and players, but also the media, guests of 54 small and 2 large suites. As many as 17 commercial locations are also expected, while the stand would hold a total of 3,770 people, all under a roof.
The second phase would see the south curve grow, allowing it to reach 7,790 seats. Finally, the third phase will see the east stand grow to become the only double-tiered part of the stadium, offering 5,068 places in the lower part and 3,562 in the upper one. In the north, where a street is blocking erection of one more stand, an openwork structure is planned, enclosing the stadium visually and supporting a giant screen.