2014 World Cup Stadiums – part 1
The games of the football World Cup opening in exactly a year are going to be arranged in twelve arenas.
The opening event is going to be played by the home team in Sao Paolo on June 12th, and the World Cup final’s scene is going to be the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
Estadio do Maracana (Rio de Janeiro)
The stadium built originally for the 1950 FIFA World Cup Brazil will give place for seven matches in all during the summer games, and the final will be organized here, too, on July 13th. Although once it was a giant stadium accommodating crowds of up to 200.000, next year it will run with a reduced holding capacity, but still the Maracana will be Brazil’s biggest football ground with its 76.935 seats.
Estadio Mineirao (Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais)
The 1965-built stadium is called home by the Brazil first division teams Atlético Mineiro as well as Cruzeiro, and it can hold 62.547 football fans. The Estadio Mineirao will be hosting six matches, the most prominent event being one of the tournament’s semi-finals. The arena has been reconstructed according to the most advanced techniques, taking into account environmental issues as well: with the help of the draining system built on the roof it is possible to capture and store 6.270.000 litres of rainwater that will be reused later.
Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha (Brasilia)
After Rio’s stadium, Estadio Nacional is the second largest arena of the country with seating for 72.888 spectators. The refurbished stadium has gained a completely new facade with metal roof and stands, as well as a lowered pitch enabling unobstructed views from every seat (a technique used in the renovation of other stadiums, too).
Similarly to the renewals carried out on the other arenas, special attention was paid to environmental and economic solutions here too. The City of Brasilia will be hosting six matches, among the group matches a quarter-final as well; and most probably the town-dwellers won’t be bored this summer either, since they are hosting the opening game of the home-organized Confederations Cup on June 15th (Brazil – Japan), so football fans can breath in the tournament’s atmosphere a year before the World Cup’s beginning.
Arena Pantanal (Cuiaba)
The building of the Arena Pantanal has been pronouncedly started because of the FIFA World Cup 2014 during which it will be hosting four matches; the stadium will be completed for next year and it will provide seating for 42.968 spectators. Since the stadium is not being built for a club team, according to the plans it will be used for concerts, exhibitions, and various cultural and social events after the World Cup.