Location: Mexico City, MX
Project Size: 1,615 sqft
Material: ETFE Cushion
Owner: Grupo Televisa
Completion Date: August 2020
Scope: Engineering, supply, fabrication, delivery and installation of the structural steel and the ETFE cushion system.
Photo Credit: Populous and Televisa
The new canopy was inspired by the original tessellation on the Telstar and Azteca soccer balls designed and used during the previous 1970 and 1986 World Cup Finals in Mexico. Populous incorporated the hexagonal and pentagonal patterns into the design of the new dugout canopy that fans across the globe will immediately recognize as belonging to Mexico and the Azteca Stadium. FabriTec Structures, the manufacturer that provided the PTFE fabric used on the exterior of Allianz Field in Minnesota, also produced and installed the ETFE polymer material used to create the new canopy. The air-filled pillows simultaneously protect players and officials from the elements while providing spectators and television cameras a clear view of the action through the transparent material.