From Manaus to the Maracana: The World Cup stadium guide

The stadium normally has a 48,000 capacity but has been increased by 20,000 for the World Cup. The Arena de Sao Paulo will host the opening match between Brazil and Croatia. The arena will become the new home of SC Corinthians after the finals.

Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte

Clubs: Cruzeiro EC Opened: 1965 Capacity: 64,000


Group C: Colombia v Greece – 14 June Group H: Belgium v Algeria – 17 June Group F: Argentina v Iran – 21 June Group D: Costa Rica v England – 24 June Second Round: Winner Group A v Runner-up Group B – 28 June Semi-final: Winner Quarter-final 1 v Winner Quarter-final 2 – 8 July When Brazil won their bid to host the 2014 World Cup, it was clear that Mineirao needed to undergo a large redevelopment. The project included the complete reconstruction of the bottom tier and extension of the roof. The first match at the reopened Mineirao was played in February last year with a friendly derby between Atletico and Cruzeiro.

Estadio Nacional de Brasilia

Club: None Opened: 2013 Capacity: 71,412


Group E: Switzerland v Ecuador – 15 June Group C: Colombia v Ivory Coast -19 June Group A: Cameroon v Brazil – 23 June Group G: Portugal v Ghana – 26 June Second-Round: Winner Group E v Runner-up Group F – 30 June Quarter-final: Winner Second-round 7 v Winner Second-round 8 – 05 July Third-place match: Loser semi-final 1 v Loser semi-final 2 – 12 July Estadio Nacional de Brasilia officially opened in May last year with a friendly between capital city sides Brasilia and Brasiliense. None of the local clubs have committed to making the large stadium their permanent home, but they are expected to occasionally use it for high-profile matches. Arena Castelao, Fortaleza

Clubs: Ceara SC and Fortaleza EC Opening: 1973 Capacity: 63,903 seats


Group D: Uruguay v Costa Rica – 14 June Group A: Brazil v Mexico – 17 June Group G: Germany v Ghana – 21 June Group C- Greece v Ivory Coast – 24 June Second-round: Winner Group B v Runner-up Group A – 29 June Quarter-final: Winner Second-round 1 v Winner Second-round 2 – 4 July

Castelao was selected as one of the playing venues of the 2014 World Cup and therefore required a more substantial redevelopment. Works started early 2011 and involved the demolition and reconstruction of the bottom tier, the installation of a new roof, and the refurbishment of the rest of the stadium.

Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador

Clubs: EC Bahia Opened: 2013 Capacity: 53,700


Group B: Spain v Netherlands – 14 June Group G: Germany v Portugal – 16 June Group E: Switzerland v France – 20 June Group F: Bosnia-Herzegovina v Iran – 25 June Second-round: Winner Group H v Runner-up Group E – 1 July Quarter-final: Winner Second-round 3 v Winner Second-round 4 – 5 July

Estadio Fonte Nova was demolished in 2010 and construction of the new stadium took about two-and-a-half years. It got completed in early 2013 and officially opened on the 5 April last year.

Estadio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre

Club: SC Internacional Opened: 1969 Capacity: 47,100


Group E: France v Honduras -15 June Group B: Australia v Netherlands – 18 June Group H: Korea Republic v Algeria – 22 June Group F: Nigeria v Argentina – 25 June Second-round: Winner Group G v Runner-up Group H – 30 June

In 1956, the city of Porto Alegre donated Internacional a site in the river Guaíba, which it first had to drain before they could start construction. Building works started in 1959, but due to a lack of finances Internacional heavily relied on fans contributing the bricks, cement, and iron works. As a result, works progressed very slowly and it took a decade for construction to complete.

Arena Pernambuco, Recife

Club: Clube Nautico Capibaribe Opened: 2013 Capacity: 46,000


Group C: Ivory Coast v Japan – 15 June Group D: Italy v Costa Rica – 20 June Group A: Croatia v Mexico – 23 June Group G: USA v Germany – 26 June Second-round: Winner Group D v Runner-up Group C – 29 June

The Arena Pernambuco officially opened in May last year with a friendly between Nautico and Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon. Itaipava Arena Pernambuco is scheduled to host five matches at the 2014 World Cup, including one of the round of 16 matches.

Arena da Amazonia, Manaus

Club: None Opened: 2014 Capacity: 44,000


Group D: England v Italy – 14 June Group A: Cameroon v Croatia – 18 June Group G: USA v Portugal – 22 June Group E: Honduras v Switzerland – 25 June

The shape of the stadium is meant to resemble a traditional Brazilian basket and takes into account the area’s challenging climatic conditions. The roof’s steel structure is designed to serve as a large gutter that drains the tropical rain water, the roof’s coating reflects heat and there are areas of shade where spectators can shelter from the sun.

Arena Pantanal, Cuiaba

Club: Mixto EC and Cuiaba EC Opened: 2014 Capacity: 28,000 (World Cup: 43,000)


Group B: Chile v Australia – 13 June Group H: Russia v Korea Republic – 17 June Group F: Nigeria v Bosnia-Herzegovina – 21 June Group C: Japan v Colombia – 24 June

The Arena Pantanal will have a capacity of 43,000 seats for the World Cup, but about 15,000 seats will be removed after the tournament. This will be achieved by dismantling the upper parts of both ends.

Arena das Dunas, Natal

Club: America Futebol Clube Opened: 2014 Capacity: 33,000 (World Cup: 43,000)


Group A: Mexico v Cameroon – 13 June Group G: Ghana v USA – 16 June Group C: Japan v Greece – 19 June Group D: Italy v Uruguay – 24 June

The design of the stadium by architecture firm Populous is inspired by Natal’s famous sand dunes. Its most characteristic features are the upper tier and roof in the shape of petals. The space between the petals allows the on-shore sea breezes to flow into the stadium while the roof shields the spectators from the often intense sunlight.

Arena da Baixada, Curitiba

Club: Clube Atletico Paranaense

Opened: 1999 Capacity: 41,456


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