Allianz Parque (Palestra Itália)
|Inauguration||19/11/2014 (Palmeiras - Sport Recife, 0-2)|
|Construction||2010 - 11/2014|
|Record attendance||39,660 (Palmeiras 2–1 Santos, 02/12/2015)|
|Cost||R$ 630 million|
|Design||Edo Rocha Arquiteturas|
|Address||Av. Francisco Matarazzo, 1705 - Água Branca, São Paulo - SP, 05001-200, Brazil|
Allianz Parque – stadium description
Complete reconstruction of one of Sao Paulo’s best located stadiums was launched in 2010, in line with 2014 World Cup preparations. But the project had little to do with the mega event – it was a private venture of Palmeiras, WTorre (contractor) and AEG (world’s leading entertainment operator). AEG gained access to Sao Paulo’s lucrative event market with this venue.
From early stage it was planned to leave the northern curve of old stadium’s bowl and incorporate it into the new layout. This way one end was to be nearly rectangular, while the other – oval. First concept was drawn by Tomas Taveira, while the final design came from Edo Rocha’s team. According to the vision, external cladding consists of perforated metallic mesh weaved through support structures. The building is dominated by 5 towers, which form primary access routes for fans and provide support for the roof at the same time.
The stands have two regular tiers with a double balcony with skyboxes. The northern curved stand may become an amphitheatre of its own for smaller events, while also providing room for stage for larger concerts without damaging the football field.
While construction began in 2010, delivery of the stadium failed time and again, resulting in a nearly 1.5-year delay compared to early schedule. It also influenced the budget, which rose from R#330 million to some 630 million.
The old name was scrapped for commercial reasons, a move expected and well justified with the cost overruns. But, as a compromise reached by fans in public vote, long-term sponsor Allianz added ‘Parque’ to its brand, referring to the old stadium’s nickname Parque Antarctica.
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