The Chilean club is one of the most prestigious club in his country.
Club Deportivo Universidad Católica is a professional football club based in Santiago, Chile. Founded in 1937, they play in the Primera División, the top flight of Chilean football. The team has played its home games at Estadio San Carlos de Apoquindo since 1988 but they will inaugurate their new home stadium in 2024.
Universidad Católica has won the third most league championships at a national level. In domestic football, the club has won 28 trophies; a record 16 Primera División de Chile titles, 2 Segunda División de Chile, 4 Copa Chile, 4 Supercopa de Chile, a Copa Apertura, a Copa República. In international competitions, Universidad Católica have won 1 trophies; Copa Interamericana (1994).
In 1993, Universidad Católica was the runner-up in the most important international tournament in South America: the Copa Libertadores de América, losing in the finals against the defending Libertadores' Champion São Paulo. Universidad Católica has reached the semi-finals in the Copa Libertadores four times (years 1962, 1966, 1969 and 1984).
A pragmatic willingness to focus development on innovation and structural investment
Juan Pablo Pareja, the General Manager of the Universidad Católica de Chile highlighted their desire to join the Global Football Alliance. “Indeed, this year we made the decision to be part of the Global Football Alliance. We did it because it seemed like a beneficial opportunity to exchange experiences in a context of clubs that are driven by common objectives not only in terms of sportsmanship; We also care about the values that this alliance promotes. There is also an evident interest in promoting youth football and we are clearly in tune with that.”
Bernard Caïazzo put an emphasis on the savoir-faire of that incredible institution. This strategic collaboration between the twenty clubs that make up the GFA is developed with non-rival institutions that share the purpose of developing innovative ideas, creating synergies on a global scale, also covering, through its partners, a total of six continents in which the alliance has members.
Universidad Católica de Chile will inaugurate their new stadium
A five-story building will be integrated into the main stand. It is to become a back office for the press and fulfill commercial functions. In addition, logistics and security operations will be carried out there. It is also known that there are plans to expand the dressing rooms, build lounges and VIP areas, as well as modernize the sound system. The new roof will improve the acoustics of the facility. It will not let the sound out, reflecting it towards the turf. Importantly, it will also limit the light leakage outside the stadium. It is already known that part of its structure will be made of glued laminated timber.
Lighting masts will disappear with the installation of the latest generation of LED floodlights. Moreover, there will be 400 photovoltaic panels that will provide the necessary energy for the match day. The designers of the stadium plan to reduce water consumption by 10% thanks to the use of efficient taps, automatic pitch irrigation and the creation of a small sewage treatment plant.