Medellín Sports Coliseum

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Coordinates: 6°15′24.48″N 75°35′24.62″W / 6.2568000°N 75.5901722°W / 6.2568000; -75.5901722

Medellín Sports Coliseum
Coliseo de Deportes de Medellín
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Exterior view
Location Medellín, Colombia
Owner Mayoral of Medellín
Operator INDER Medellín
Capacity 6,000 (Iván de Beodut Coliseum)[1]
Built 2009
Opened 2010
Construction cost CO$50 million
Architect Giancarlo Mazzanti
Felipe Mesa (Plan B Architects)
Structural engineer Nicolás Parra
Daniel Lozano (CNI Ingenieros)

Medellín Sports Coliseum (known in Spanish simply as the Coliseums (Spanish: Los Coliseos) or the Sport Coliseums (Spanish: Los Coliseos Deportivos), is a complex of five sports arenas located in Medellín, Colombia: the Guillermo Gaviria Correa Coliseum for Martial Arts, the Jorge Valderrama Coliseum for Handball, the Jorge Hugo Giraldo Coliseum for Gymnastics, the Iván de Beodut Coliseum for Basketball, and the Yesid Santos Coliseum for Volleyball.[2] It is part of the larger Atanasio Girardot Sports Complex. The five gymnasiums were designed by Giancarlo Mazzanti and Plan B Architects. Three coliseums were renovated and two new coliseums were constructed in 18 months and with CO$50 million in preparation for the 2010 South American Games. The design has a wavy sloped green roofline and an area of 493,000 square feet.


Interior view of the Guillermo Gaviria Correa Coliseum

The sports complex was completed in 18 months for the 2010 South American Games.[3] In 2008, two years before the tournament, Medellín held an international design competition,[4] in which was proposed the building of two new venues for gymnastics and martial arts for the Atanasio Girardot Sports Complex, and the renovation of the Iván de Beodut Coliseum, in which are held basketball, volleyball and handball events. The winning design featured a semi-open construction that interconnected the four sports arenas.


The coliseums are arranged along a north–south axis.[5] The walls of the coliseums are perforated, allowing a natural breeze to pass through the arenas and saving money on air conditioning. The largest coliseum has a capacity of 9,000.[6]

In 2012, the design was one of two structures in Colombia honored by the 8th Ibero-American Architecture and Urban Design Biennial, an initiative that honors the best architectural projects in Spain, Portugal, and Latin America.[7]

Iván de Beodut Coliseum[edit]

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Iván de Beodut Coliseum, (Coliseo Cubierto Iván de Bedout in Spanish), also known as Coliseo Cubierto Mayor, is an indoor sporting arena built in 1955 and included in the Medellín Sports Coliseum since 2009. The capacity of the arena is for 6,000 people and is primarily used for basketball.[1] The arena hosted the basketball competitions for the 2010 South American Games. The coliseum is one of the three venues chosen for the 2016 FIFA Futsal World Cup.

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  1. ^ a b Majestuoso así quedó el Iván de Bedout (Spanish)
  2. ^ "Coliseos de Medellín fueron premiados en la Bienal Iberoamericana de Arquitectura". El Colombiano. 18 May 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  3. ^ Zimmer, Lori (14 April 2011). "Flowing Medellin Sports Coliseum Keeps its Cool With a Laser Cut Facade". inhabitat. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "Four Sport Scenarios / Giancarlo Mazzanti + Felipe Mesa (Plan:b)". Arch Daily. 9 June 2011. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  5. ^ Broome, Beth. "Coliseums for the South American Games". Architectural Record. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  6. ^ Asociación Nacional de Industriales (1961). Medellín and Surrounding Area: Guide for the Industrial Investor. A. N. D. I., Central Office. 
  7. ^ Harvey, Anthony L. (13 February 2014). ""Transforming Cityscapes: Winning Entries of the 8th Ibero-American Architecture and Urban Design Biennial" at the Art Museum of the Americas". TheInTowner. Retrieved 19 January 2015.