montevideo antel arena

The new US$40 Montevideo Antel Arena will help Uruguay attract big name acts and rock concerts.

The City of Montevideo will soon have a state-of-the-art arena for concerts and sporting events when the Antel Arena opens its doors to the public in 2015.

An important step in the design process was taken yesterday when the winning architectural proposal for the US$40 million facility was selected by a panel of judges including Rafael Vinoly and Giancarlo Mazzanti, the Colombian architect behind the Medellin Arena.

The winning design submitted by a team of local architects is a radical departure from Montevideo’s old arena, the Cilindro Municipal. That arena, which had all of the style and grace of an above-ground manure storage tank, was built in the 50’s and condemned three years ago after it was gutted (mercifully) by fire.

The new Antel Arena will have 30,000 square meters of indoor space and capacity for 15,000 spectators which should help Montevideo attract more big name acts playing across the river in Buenos Aires. A good example would be Ringo Starr who played BA’s Luna Park last weekend and a private anniversary gig at the Conrad in Punta but skipped Montevideo altogether. (Full Story in Spanish)

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