World Cup Stadiums in Brazil
Estadio do Maracana
The Estadio do Maracana is Brazil's largest and most famous World Cup stadium. While it hosted nearly 200,000 fans for the 1950 World Cup Final, the Maracana has since been renovated and currently seats 78,000. Situated in the beautiful city of Rio de Janeiro, the Estadio do Maracana venue will be the home of the 2014 World Cup Final. Brazilian soccer fans will be hoping that this final turns out better than it did in 1950, when Uruguay stunned the hosts and took home the trophy.
Located in the nation's capital city of Brasilia, the Estadio Nacional was reconstructed in preparations for the 2014 World Cup. With an attendance capacity of 72,000 it is one of the largest venues at the tournament and will house several important matches, including a group stage game between Brazil and Cameroon, several knockout round games, and the 3rd place match. Having cost nearly $1billion, the venue is one of the world's priciest and modern stadiums.
Arena de Sao Paulo
Host of the opening match of the 2014 World Cup between Brazil and Croatia, the Arena de Sao Paulo will be home to the famed club Corinthians following the tournament. Temporarily expanded to hold 68,000 fans for the World Cup, the new venue will host several important matches, including one of the semi-finals. State of the art in its design, the Arena de Sao Paulo is a marvelous piece of architecture and will provide a serene setting for several games over the summer. Additionally, it will be a venue used during the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Originally constructed in 1973, the Estadio Castelao has been renovated for the 2014 World Cup to feature an improved roof, better seating and expanded parking options. With a capacity of 67,000, this venue is one of the tournament's largest and is located in Fortaleza. The Estadio Castelao will feature a group stage match between Brazil and Mexico and will be the site of several knockout-round matches. Estadio Castelao boasts a unique design and a beautiful section of glass exterior around its outside façade.
One of Brazil's finest stadiums and the home to Brazilian club heavyweights Cruzeiro, the Estadio Mineirao has drawn crowds of well over 100,000 fans for certain matches. However, after FIFA safety regulations and a renovation ahead of the 2014 World Cup, the venue has been resized to fit 62,000 fans. The Estadio Mineirao will host several matches throughout the tournament, including one semi-final match. Still, complete with its historic charm, the stadium will be fit for a major match this summer.
Home to former FIFA Club World Cup Champions Internacional, the Estadio Beira-Rio is the southern-most stadium at the 2014 World Cup. Originally constructed in 1969, the venue has been renovated for the tournament and can hold a capacity of up to 48,000. Housing 5 matches this summer, it will surely be the scene of much excitement and passion, especially when nearby Argentina arrives to take on Nigeria. The Estadio Beira-Rio now features a tasteful exterior that provides the spectators with a comfortable roof.
Arena Fonte Nova
A brand new stadium, the Arena Fonte Nova is the home of EC Bahia, and provides a serenely designed home for several prominent 2014 World Cup matches. In addition to hosting a quarterfinal game, it will also feature a rematch of the 2010 World Cup Final between Spain and the Netherlands. The Arena Fonte Nova seats 50,000 spectators and is sure to be packed during the tournament. The Arena Fonte Nova also has open exterior giving a view inside to the pitch.
Recently constructed for the 2014 World Cup, the Arena Pernambuco stadium will be the new home of the Brazilian soccer club, Nautico. With a capacity of 46,000 this venue will host a match between Germany and the USA in addition to a knockout round game. Beautifully designed, the Arena Pernambuco also hosts a solar power plant, which will help alleviate energy consumption in the stadium and throughout the local city of Sao Lourenco da Mata.
With a capacity near 43,000 the newly constructed Arena Pantanal is situated in the city of Cuiaba. The venue will house four World Cup games in 2014 before it becomes home to two local clubs, Cuiaba and Mixto. The Arena Pantanal was built using a great amount of recycling and sustainable techniques, making it a very eco-friendly venue. In addition to the World Cup, the Arena Pantanal will be able to host a variety of events such as concerts, trade fairs, and of course, football matches.
Arena da Amazonia
Located in the steamy jungles of Manaus, the Arena da Amazonia borders the Amazon jungle and will be the scene of the most physically exhausting 2014 World Cup matches, due to the region's hot temperatures and high humidity. For this reason, the venue is quite controversial and will host four group stage matches, including the highly anticipated England vs. Italy game, as well as USA vs. Portugal. Recently constructed and brilliantly designed, the venue features covered seats for the 43,000 fans.
Arena das Dunas
One of the most appealing venues at the 2014 World Cup, the Arena das Dunas has been heralded as South America's finest new soccer venue. Part of a massive construction project in Natal, there will also be hotels, a shopping center, and a lake built nearby. The Arena das Dunas stadium will host four World Cup matches, including a game between Italy and Uruguay. Able to seat 45,000 fans, the Arena das Dunas venue will become home to both ABC and America-RN following the tournament.
Arena da Baixada
Constructed in 1997 for Atletico Paranaense, the Arena da Baixada has been renovated for the 2014 World Cup, where it will host four group stage games, including Spain vs. Australia. With a capacity that was expanded to 40,000 for the tournament, the stadium has been one of the last to be finished in time. However, due to its recent construction and modern style, the Arena da Baixada is considered one of the finest in Brazil for the World Cup.
World Cup Stadiums