Award of Merit: Special Projects Category
Rehabilitation and Strengthening of "Pirata" Fuente Stadium
Submitted by BASF Corporation
Xalapa Veracruz, Mexico
Asesores en Construcción y Proyecto
Ferro Electrica Mafer
Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico
Cd. de los Deportes, CP, Mexico
The Luis “Pirata” Fuente stadium is located along the coast of eastern Mexico, in the city of Veracruz. It is named after Luis de la Fuente y Hoyos (nicknamed “Pirate”), a Mexican soccer player recognized as the greatest player in the city. It was officially inaugurated in 1968 and has a capacity of 30,000 spectators. Although several large events, including concerts by world-renowned performers, have taken place in the stadium, it is used mainly for soccer, the most popular sport in Mexico. In 2014, the city of Veracruz will host the XXII Central American and Caribbean Games—a multisport regional championship event held every 4 years in the middle year between the Summer Olympics Games. This stadium will be the main venue for this event.
Because of its importance as host for the main sport in the country and the upcoming international competition, a seismic and structural assessment of the stadium was undertaken. Through several studies, it was determined that the main frames of the stadium required rehabilitation and strengthening for the imposed loads and to meet design criteria for newer codes. Furthermore, seismic studies showed that the structural response of the system had to be modified.
The assessment resulted in an extensive rehabilitation and strengthening project. The structural integrity of columns, beams, and slabs was restored by a number of methods that included epoxy injection of cracks and spall repairs. Due to the required level of strength that newer codes imposed, structural elements were strengthened with externally bonded carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) reinforcement. Due to seismic vulnerability, the structure was also stiffened through the use of a system of horizontal and vertical steel braces.