FCC Construcción has begun elevating roof on Atletico Madrid’s new stadium

Atletico Madrid stadium FCC

Spanish contractor FCC Construcción has raised the roof on Atletico Madrid’s new stadium.

The firm has begun elevating the steel structure on the club’s new Wanda Metropolitano home, which is partly named after Chinese developer Dalian Wanda, which has a 20% stake in Atletico Madrid.

The steel roof weighs around 6,336 tons and is tensioned with radial cables bound by a membrane with a surface area of 83,053 sqm.

An open tensile structure, the roof comprises an exterior steel and double height compression ring, an interior traction ring and two sets of radial cables. When complete it will shelter the stands, protecting 96% of seats from the rain.

Set to be complete in time for the 2017/18 season, the new stadium is being built by FCC and was designed by architects Antonio Cruz and Antonio Ortiz.

It will have a 67,000 seating capacity, including boxes and a VIP area, and will also offer more than 4,000 parking spaces to fans.