Modernization of the Atanasio Girardot Sports Unit, a passion that is transformed

The Atanasio Girardot Sports Unit is one of the most important sports complexes in Colombia, for its historical, social, sports and entertainment legacy. It has a strategic location, close to main roads and connected to the public transport system, promotes urban development of the West Central sector, has multiple scenarios for sports practices and has hosted important international events, such as the Central American and Caribbean Games in 1978, the South American Games in 2010, the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2011 and concerts by artists such as Madonna, Beyoncé, Bad Bunny, J Balvín and Maluma.

In order to continue consolidating Medellin as a modern city, with opportunities for all and connected to the world, the comprehensive intervention of this equipment is planned through a Public Private Partnership of public initiative (PPP), to position the city as an international player. The initiative seeks to promote employment generation, economic development, the promotion of tourism and new and better opportunities for quality of life.

The Atanasio Girardot Sports Unit is a symbol of Medellin that promotes more than thirty-four sports disciplines, welcomes visitors from around the world and is a meeting point for sports practice, coexistence and recreation. This space will remain an open space for all the inhabitants of the city and its visitors.

It’s a contracting model where the State links private capital for the construction and maintenance of public infrastructure. This type of partnership brings greater efficiency and sustainability in the provision of the service, as it has compliance indicators that are periodically measured by a control board and supervision parties; in addition, it allows the balance in the distribution of risks, which generates considerable savings for the public sector.

This project doesn´t need public resources for its development, which means that all resources for its implementation come from the private partner, who shall also be responsible for the provision of the service and the operation and maintenance of the infrastructure. The private partner may make economic use of the concession areas.

It is the document that incorporates the conditions that will be taken into account in the selection process of the future contractor. It establishes requirements for empowering proposers and allocating scores, based on their experience, financial capacity, budget and work team.

In this phase, comments are received from interested parties so the sheets are considered for adjustment, if necessary, to optimize them with feedback from the private sector.

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An Olympic dream of seven decades

The Atanasio Girardot Sports Unit was built in 1953 under the Medellin Pilot Plan, drawn up in 1950 by foreign architects Paul Wiener and Josep Lluís Sert.

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Through the decades that followed, Medellin has witnessed the transformation and stimulation of sport through the reforms and improvements made to this scenario with the refurbishment of the Atanasio Girardot Recreational Park and the most ambitious remodeling until then, before the IX South American Games in 2010, with the intervention of the complex of coliseums, the aquatic complex and public and commercial areas, consolidating as one of the best in Latin America.

A changing scenario for “Medellín Futuro”

Today, a new chapter for the history of Medellin is born with the modernization of the sports unit and the fulfillment of higher quality standards for the realization of various events and the improvement of infrastructure and public space. The modernization plans include:



A new big investment and

reinvestment domestic and foreign.

Espacio público

6.000 m² of effective public space generated.

Zonas para el encuentro

102.000 m² of maintained public space.


Increase from 15,000 to more than 17,000

daily visits to the sports unit.

Medio ambiente

Reduction of 314,000 tonnes

of CO2 or greenhouse gases.


Increase of 13% in hotel

occupancy in the city.


Promotion of generational shift of bars.


Generation of 6,300 jobs annually in large format events, 17,850 in football matches and 157 indirect by commercial activities.


Increase of 1.26% in the formality

rate of Medellin.


Increase in the security perception

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