LICAMPA 1617, an enterprise founded by Spanish businessman Juan Roig, is building an 18,600-capacity arena in Valencia.
The multipurpose venue, which is scheduled to open in 2023, will host a range of events including music, arts, culture and sports, and act as a headquarters for the women’s and men’s basketball teams.
The $282 million development is being designed by HOK, who also designed the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta Georgia (cap. 75,000), and local architecture practice ERRE Arquitectura.
“The design for Valencia Arena is a tribute to the ambitions of LICAMPA 1617,” says John Rhodes, director of sports, recreation and entertainment in HOK’s London studio.
“The venue is a breathtaking blend of multi-functionality, comfort, security, atmosphere and sustainability. This will be a world-class sports and entertainment destination that is a valuable asset for the local economy as well as a nationwide attraction.”
The new arena will be the biggest in Spain, followed by WiZink Centre (17,453) and Palacio Vistalegre (15,000), both in Madrid.
Construction is scheduled to begin in summer 2020.