Stadiums are the spaces where the magic of football happens… and other sports too. They are the place where fans experience the excitement of competition and share feelings with the players such as passion, joy and sadness. There is a man in Argentina who is dedicated to building these stages and who, curiously, was also one of the promoters of Lionel Messi's career.
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Businessman Néstor Rozin built more than 13 stadiums in the country. That was the task he took on after having been the coordinator of Newell's youth teams at the time when Messi was taking his first steps as a player.
Parque Roca: the first stadium
Néstor Rozin, who is a Newell's fan and was in charge of the training center and the leprosy boarding house in the 90's, was one of those in charge of taking close care of Messi while La Pulga did the growth treatment.
The crisis of 2000 not only affected the family of the man who would later become the best player in the world, but also Rozin himself, who had to figure out how to adjust his finances. From football he moved on to construction and in a few years he was able to win the tender to build his first stadium.
“The first stadium was Parque Roca for the Davis Cup. I had left Newell's and an acquaintance spoke to me. I came from a bad 99, the crisis of 2000 hit me and some time later I won the tender to build the stadium: I had 60 days to do it because in 90 the Davis Cup was being played in our country,” Rozin began.
And, in that sense, he added: “Cromañón passed in the middle and that caused the security measures in the spaces to change. The seats that had two screws became four, they modified the width of the stairs, the stalls, the concrete structure… That caused us to be delayed. In the end, we finished it in 85 days and in the other five that remained they had it at the disposal of the tennis players,” he said.
Parque Roca was built in 85 days and was inaugurated with a Davis Cup series (Photo: EFE/Cézaro de Luca)
The emergence of a new method of building stadiums
After the adventure of completing Parque Roca in record time, Rozin thought that instead of building concrete stadiums, they could make them out of metal. “For that we trained in Europe, we visited several plants thanks to Diego and Óscar Gindin who were involved in carrying out the provision of the first metal stadium in Mendoza,” he explained.
Argentine Falklands: the first football stadium
The Malvinas Argentinas stadium located in the province of Mendoza, with a capacity of 42 thousand spectators, was built on May 14, 1978. But on June 28, 2011, a remodeling was carried out, of which Rozin was part.
“We finished it in six months. Then we participated in the provision of the San Luis Capital stadium and the La Pedrera stadium in Villa Mercedes,” he explained.
The construction of a football stadium has several processes that include architecture, engineering and the raw materials existing on the market. In relation to these factors, Rozin explained how long it takes to build a sports venue: “To build it in a metallic way it takes fewer months than the traditional way.”
The moment of the Mother of Cities stadium in Santiago del Estero
The Mother of Cities stadium was inaugurated on March 4, 2021 and can accommodate 30 thousand people. It was the scene of great Argentine soccer matches and also hosted the National Team.
In this regard, Rozín said: “Once the engineering was completed by the professionals involved, 1,400 tons of tubes were provided. That company and the tube suppliers generated a large number of jobs. Then we built two other micro stadiums, both closed, one 100% metal and another with a combination of concrete stands in Río Grande.”
Néstor Rozin also participated in the construction of the Madre de Ciudades stadium in Santiago del Estero (Photo: AFP)
The Estudiantes de la Plata stadium and Verón's gesture
The Jorge Luis Hirschi Uno stadium is located on Avenue 1 between 55 and 57 in La Plata and has a capacity of 32,530 people. And, in that context, Néstor gave details of Sebastián Verón's urgency in the construction of a sector of the stadium and the gesture he had with them. “We were faced with the urgent need to build an elbow that they needed for the Cup. We made a metal development that they approved and in a very short time we managed to finish manufacturing it: a colleague carried out the work and that is why Verón gave us t-shirts signed by him” .
The San Juan racetrack: the pits
The pit grandstand of the San Juan autodrome is located at the top of the pits, it has 2,036 multicolored seats with a section for people with disabilities.
It also has a paved track that connects the circuit with the pit stop, which runs parallel to the final and initial stretch of the circuit, that is, “the start.”
“We made the pits. And from there, the possibility arose of building six multi-use stadiums in combination with a metallurgical industry in San Juan. That led to the construction of the Shimon Peres sports center in the town of Rosario,” he said.
The pits of the San Juan autodrome, works of Rozin's company. (Photo: San Juan Circuit Official Page)By: Matias Junco
His greatest wish: “I would have liked to build the Newell's stadium.”
Néstor Rozin carries Newell's in his heart and, as a way of combining his passion with his work, he acknowledges that he would have liked to build the La Lepra stadium.
“As a Newell's fan, I would have liked to do it. We still built two gyms, a boarding house and the office module,” he concluded.
The most outstanding images
The Mother of Cities stadium, at the time it was built (Photo: Courtesy of Néstor Rozín)
A sports gym in Río Grande that is also the work of Rozin (Photo: Courtesy of Néstor Rozín)
The Shimon Perez microstadium, in Rosario. (Photo: Courtesy Néstor Rozin)