Diablos Rojos Baseball Stadium is more than a building, it is an urban complex. The building is a park with a monumental lightweight roof structure resembling Diablos’ trident logo, which drastically contrasts the predictable roof geometry historically defining baseball stadiums. Indicative of the sky, the roof is sharp, translucent, luminous and dynamic. Composed of lightweight steel wrapped in PTFE textile, the roof is an iconic symbol. The roof structure was a remarkable feat of engineering requiring the largest crane in the world and precise alignment through BIM technology and laser scanning technology.
The procession from the grounds into the ballpark alludes to climbing an ancient Mesoamerican temple. As the spectator approaches the grand entrance, they are confronted with six truncated trapezoids clad in indigenous volcanic rock drawing on pre-Columbian forms and materials to create urban spaces connected to the surrounding plaza and community. Once inside, a ring connects all the seats and functions into one experience with unobstructed views to the field and to the city.
The stadium aims to reduce energy consumption, waste and emissions by using passive systems with minimal HVAC integration and active water reduction systems.
The goal for the stadium is a great public space, where the open space is as important as the built space, which is a prominent architectural feature within Mexican culture. Successful spaces must encourage strong social engagement, incorporate Mexican traditions and respect existing natural conditions. Therefore, the new stadium is seamlessly integrated to four major public spaces with very distinct characteristics.