Bordeaux Métropole Arena is moving at the speed of sound!
One year after laying the first stone, the major structural works of Bordeaux Métropole Arena is already completed. The works and technical teams deployed all their ingenuity to arrive at this result. Let’s put a spotlight on this iconic project for greater Bordeaux and for Bouygues Bâtiment Centre Sud-Ouest. Why have a Bordeaux Métropole Arena? […]
One year after laying the first stone, the major structural works of Bordeaux Métropole Arena is already completed. The works and technical teams deployed all their ingenuity to arrive at this result. Let’s put a spotlight on this iconic project for greater Bordeaux and for Bouygues Bâtiment Centre Sud-Ouest.
Why have a Bordeaux Métropole Arena?
Bordeaux, voted “the most fashionable destination in the world for 2017”, is not yet equipped with facilities worthy of this name to accommodate music or sporting events.
Following the concession call-for-tender initiated by the city, the team made up of Rudy Ricciotti (the architect), Bouygues Bâtiment Centre Sud-Ouest (the representative of the design/build consortium) and Lagardère Live Entertainment (the operator) have dreamed up a functional and adaptable amphitheatre-style arena, all in white concrete, which will have remarkable acoustics.
Bordeaux Métropole Arena will accommodate 2,500 to 11,300 spectators for around 100 events per year and with approximately twenty possible configurations.
A high quality major structural works completed in 10 months
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