Soccer World Cup Stadiums

The 2014 Soccer World Cup Stadiums, collectively, are one of the most pressing engineering feats the Brazilian Government has ever had to manage. New stadiums needed to be constructed and existing ones upgraded over a short period in order to accommodate the massive influx of fans, both local and visiting.

Twelve stadiums in total will host the games of the 2014 Soccer World Cup.

Maracana stadium 2014 world cup brazil

Maracana - Where the Grand Final will play out. Source: Nevermindthebuspass

Estadio Mineirao

Estadio Mineirao is the home of Brazilian soccer powerhouses Atletico Mineiro and Cruzeiro. One of the more renowned stadiums in Brazil, Estadio Mineirao has a long and prestigious history of hosting quality soccer matches. Known simple as the Mineirao, six Soccer World Cup matches will be hosted here – four Group stage matches, one Round of 16, and one semi-final.

The considerable renovations performed on the stadium prior to the Soccer World Cup include:

  • Lowering the pitch surface
  • Improved accessibility
  • Rainwater storage

Estadio Mineirao Info

City Belo Horizonte
Capacity 62,254
Built 1965

Scheduled World Cup Matches

Date Match Group Teams
14 June 5 C Colombia v Greece
17 June 15 H Belgium v Algeria
21 June 27 F Argentina v Iran
24 June 40 D Costa Rica v England
28 June 49 Round of 16 TBD v TBD
08 July 61 Semi-Finals TBD v TBD

Arena Amazonia

Arena Amazonia, formerly known as Estadio Vivaldao, is located at Manaus, capital city of the state of Amazonas and seventh largest city in Brazil. Accessed mainly by boat or plane, Manaus was once the richest city in South America, evidenced by its beautiful European-inspired buildings and extensive infrastructure. Inspired by the rainforest around it, Arena Amazonia was constructed to simulate a straw basket, one of the region’s distinguishing exports.

As part of the Brazilian Government’s commitment to sustainability, the following initiatives have been implemented:

  • Rainwater collection for toilets and watering the pitch
  • Solar power
  • Plant screens to control inside temperatures

Arena Amazonia Info

City Manaus
Capacity 42,374
Built 2013

Scheduled World Cup Matches

Date Match Group Teams
14 June 8 D England v Italy
18 June 18 A Cameroon v Croatia
22 June 30 G USA v Portugal
25 June 41 E Honduras v Switzerland

Arena da Baixada

Also known as the Estadio Joaquim Americo, the Arena da Baixada was originally built in 1914, but underwent extensive renovations (essentially complete reconstruction) in 1999 and again in 2012 prior to the World Cup. Arena da Baixada is one of the more modern stadiums to host 2014 World Cup matches.

In order to prepare for the Soccer World Cup, Brazilian authorities implemented the following changes.

  • Additional seats
  • Improved patron facilities
  • Retractable stadium roof (cancelled)

Arena da Baixada Info

City Curitiba
Capacity 41,456
Built 1914/1999

Scheduled World Cup Matches

Date Match Group Teams
16 June 12 F Iran v Nigeria
20 June 26 E Honduras v Ecuador
23 June 35 B Australia v Spain
26 June 48 H Algeria v Russia

Arena de Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo is the largest city in Brazil and the twelfth largest in the world. With three major soccer teams, the one with the most supporters, Corinthians Paulista, will finally have a home ground following the 2014 World Cup. Arena de Sao Paulo (to be known as Arena Corinthians) will host the opening match of the 2014 Soccer World Cup, between hosts Brazil and Croatia.

The construction of Arena de Sao Paulo has been a massive boon for for the local economy.

  • Over 6000 additional jobs
  • Several thousand temporary seats
  • Massive injections of capital into some of the poorest areas of Sao Paulo

Arena de Sao Paulo Info

City Sao Paulo
Capacity 65,807
Built 2014

Scheduled World Cup Matches

Date Match Group Teams
12 June 1 A Brazil v Croatia
19 June 23 D Uruguay v England
23 June 36 B Netherlands v Chile
26 June 47 H Korea Republic v Belgium
01 July 55 Round of 16 TBD v TBD
09 July 62 Semi-Finals TBD v TBD

Arena Fonte Nova

The Fonte Nova (officially the Estadio Octavio Mangabeira) was originally constructed in 1951 and demolished in 2010. In its place was built the Arena Fonte Nova, purpose-built for the 2014 World Cup. Located in one of the oldest cities in the Americas, Salvador, Arena Fonte Nova is built strictly for soccer and also includes a sports complex.

As part of the preparations for the 2014 World Cup, Arena Fonte Nova also includes:

  • Panoramic restaurant, shops & hotels
  • Soccer museum
  • Concert hall

Arena Fonte Nova Info

City Salvador
Capacity 48,747
Built 1951/2013

Scheduled World Cup Matches

Date Match Group Teams
13 June 3 B Spain v Netherlands
16 June 13 G Germany v Portugal
20 June 25 E Switzerland v France
25 June 44 F Bosnia & Herzegovina v Iran
01 July 56 Round of 16 TBD v TBD
05 July 62 Quarter-Finals TBD v TBD

Arena Pantanal

The Arena Pantanal, located in Cuiaba and currently under construction (regardless of when you read this) is built on the site which Estadio Jose Fragelli once occupied. Also known as Verdao (the Big Green), Arena Pantanal is on the forefront of stadium sustainability in Brazil. Set to host four matches during the 2014 World Cup, Arena Pantanal’s adaptable structure means its size can be reduced to comfortably host local matches.

State and local governments are taking several steps to improve the stadium, including:

  • Ceaseless air and soil quality monitoring
  • Structural adaptability for other events
  • Recycling Program

Arena Pantanal Info

City Cuiaba
Capacity 42,968
Built 1976/2014

Scheduled World Cup Matches

Date Match Group Teams
13 June 4 B Chile v Australia
17 June 16 H Russia v Korea Republic
21 June 28 E Nigeria v Bosnia & Herzegovina
24 June 37 C Japan v Colombia

Arena Pernambuco

Located in Recife, the capital city of the state of Pernambuco and ninth largest city in Brazil, Arena Pernambuco is a brand new stadium built to host five 2014 World Cup matches and home games for local team Nautico. The new stadium will provide a considerable boost to the economically deprived region and is expected to be the catalyst for rapid expansion of nearby neighbourhoods.

The state of the art Arena Pernambuco complex will include:

  • A university campus
  • Hotel and convention centre
  • Entertainment complex

Arena Pernambuco Info

City Recife
Capacity 44,248
Built 2014

Scheduled World Cup Matches

Date Match Group Teams
14 June 6 C Côte D’Ivoire v Japan
20 June 24 D Italy v Costa Rica
23 June 34 A Croatia v Mexico
26 June 45 G USA v Germany

Estadio Beira-Rio

Due to its location near the Guaiba River, Estadio Jose Pinheiro Borda is commonly known as Estadio Beira-Rio (Riverside Stadium). It is the home ground for renowned club Internacional. It’s official name derives from the Portuguese engineer who supervised construction for much of the decade it took to build but unfortunately died before it opened.

Considerable renovations have been performed on the Estadia Beira-Rio.

  • Almost triple the amount of parking spaces
  • Double the amount of bathrooms and big screen TVs
  • Improved capacity and additional VIP areas

Estadio Beira-Rio Info

City Porto Alegre
Capacity 48,849
Built 1969

Scheduled World Cup Matches

Date Match Group Teams
15 June 10 E France v Honduras
18 June 20 B Australia v Netherlands
22 June 32 H Korea Republic v Algeria
25 June 43 F Nigeria v Argentina

Estadio Castelao

Located in Fortaleza, Estadio Castelao, officially named Estadio Governador Placido Castelo, is home to Ceara and Fortaleza, two of the largest soccer clubs in the city. The stadium was initially constructed in 1973, and has since hosted the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2013.

Reformations of the stadium were carried out in several stages between 2002 and 2012 and include:

  • Improved access – four bus lanes and a light rail vehicle
  • Restaurant, hotel and cinema complex
  • Improved structure, electrics and sanitation

Estadio Castelao Info

City Fortaleza
Capacity 64,846
Built 1973

Scheduled World Cup Matches

Date Match Group Teams
14 June 7 D Uruguay v Costa Rica
17 June 17 A Brazil v Mexico
21 June 29 G Germany v Ghana
24 June 38 C Greece v Côte D’Ivoire

Arena das Dunas

The Arena das Dunas in Natal is designed to mimic the sand dunes for which the region is famous. The Arena das Dunas was built on the site of two previous neighbouring sports centres, the Machadao stadium and the Humberto Nesi gymnasium (Machadinho). Likely to be one of the most fan-friendly stadiums in the 2014 World Cup Brazil, the Arena das Dunas stands next to the BR-101 highway, a major road that will allow easy travel to and from games.

Described by leading sports architect Chris Lee (who designed the stadium) as “the most perfect stadium in South America”, Arena das Dunas features:

  • A shopping centre
  • Major hotels
  • An artificial lake around the area

Arena das Dunas Info

City Natal
Capacity 42,086
Built 2013

Scheduled World Cup Matches

Date Match Group Teams
13 June 2 A Mexico v Cameroon
16 June 14 G Ghana v USA
19 June 22 C Japan v Greece
24 June 39 D Italy v Uruguay

Estadio Nacional de Brasilia

Located in the capital, Brasilia, the Estadio Nacional has experienced considerable renovations leading up to the 2014 Soccer World Cup. A perfect example of the outstanding architecture for which Brasilia is renowned, the Estadio Nacional is the second largest stadium to host World Cup matches in terms of seating. The third major stadium in Brasilia, following the conclusion of the Soccer World Cup it will be used for concerts and cultural celebrations.

The Estadio Nacional has received a major facelift, including:

  • A whole new facade
  • Lowered pitch
  • Improved public transport access

Estadio Nacional Info

City Brasilia
Capacity 68,009
Built 2012

Scheduled World Cup Matches

Date Match Group Teams
15 June 9 E Switzerland v Ecuador
19 June 21 C Colombia v Côte D’Ivoire
23 June 33 A Cameroon v Brazil
26 June 46 G Portugal v Ghana
30 June 53 Round of 16 TBD v TBD
05 July 60 Quarter Finals TBD v TBD
12 July 63 Play off for 3rd place TBD v TBD

Estadio Do Maracana

Also known as the Estadio Jornalista Mario Filho, the Maracana was the host of the massive 1950 Soccer World Cup decider between Uruguay and Brazil. In 2014, it will again host the World Cup final. The largest stadium in Brazil, the Maracana holds a special place in Brazilian cultural history. At a new capacity of 78,838, the stadium will not approach its attendance record of around 200,000, set at the 1950 World Cup.

The Estadio Do Maracana’s extensive refurbishment included:

  • Replacement of all existing seats and addition of new ones
  • New roof and water collection systems
  • No changes to the original facade, which is heritage listed

Estadio Do Maracana Info

City Rio de Janeiro
Capacity 78,838
Built 1950

Scheduled World Cup Matches

Date Match Group Teams
15 June 11 F Argentina v Bosnia & Herzegovina
18 June 19 B Spain v Chile
22 June 31 H Belgium v Russia
25 June 42 E Ecuador v France
28 June 50 Round of 16 TBD v TBD
04 July 58 Quarter Finals TBD v TBD
13 July 64 Grand Final TBD v TBD