World Cup 2014: Stadium Guide

Its getting closer! Today I have a quick guide of the stadiums that will be hosting the games in 2 weeks time.

World Cup Brazil 2014

Here are the 12 stadiums and host cities:

  1. Maracanã – Rio de Janeiro
  2. Mineirão – Belo Horizonte
  3. Arena Castelão – Fortaleza
  4. Arena da Amazônia – Manaus
  5. Arena da Baixada – Curitiba
  6. Estádio Nacional – Brasilia
  7. Jose Pinheiro Borda – Porto Alegre
  8. Pernambuco – Recife
  9. Fonte Nova – Salvador
  10. Arena de Itaquera – Sao Paulo
  11. Arena Pantanal – Cuiabá
  12. Arena das Dunas – Natal

Maracanã  – Rio de Janeiro

Maracanã - This Stadium will host the final

Maracanã – This Stadium will host the final

Capacity: 78 838

Club: CR Flamengo and Fluminense FC

Matches: 7 (4 group matches, 1 round of 16, 1 quarter final and the final)

The Maracana was build for the 1950 World Cup. Officially its called “Estádio Mário Filho” but is known to all football fans around the world as “The Maracana.” The World Cup final was played here in 1950 with a reported crowd of 200 000!

Mineirão  – Belo Horizonte

Mineirao

Mineirao

Capacity: 64 000

Club: Atletico Mineiro and Cruzeiro.

Matches: 6 (4 group matches, 1 round of 16, 1 semi final)

Arena Castelão – Fortaleza

Arena Castelão - Fortaleza

Arena Castelão – Fortaleza

 

Capacity: 63 903

Club: Ceara Sporting and Fortaleza Esporte

Matches: 6 (4 group matches, one round of 16, one quarter final)

Arena da Amazônia – Manaus

Arena da Amazônia - Manaus

Arena da Amazônia – Manaus

Capacity: 42 374

Matches: 4 group matches

This stadium will host two mouth watering clashes: England vs Italy and USA vs Portugal! Since the area of Manaus is not so big on football, it has been rumoured that this stadium will be converted to a prison after the tournament!

Arena da Baixada – Curitiba

Arena da Baixada - Curitiba

Arena da Baixada – Curitiba

Capacity: 41 000

Club:  Atletico Paranaense

Matches: 4 group matches

Estádio Nacional – Brasilia

Estádio Nacional - Brasilia

Estádio Nacional – Brasilia

Capacity: 72 000

Club: no club had yet committed to making this stadium its home

Matches: 7 (4 group matches, 1 round of 16, 1 quarter final, 3rd place playoff)

Its full name is Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, named after Brazilian footballer Garrincha. The total cost of the stadium is $900 million USD, the second most expensive stadium in the world after Wembly!

Jose Pinheiro Borda – Porto Alegre

Estádio José Pinheiro Borda

Estádio José Pinheiro Borda

 

Capacity: 51 300

Club: Sport Club Internacional

Matches: 5 (4 group matches and 1 round of 16)

Arena Pernambuco – Recife

Arena Pernambuco - Recife

Arena Pernambuco – Recife

Capacity: 46 000

Club: Clube Náutico Capibaribe

Matches: 5 (4 group matches, 1 round of 16)

This stadium was built specifically for the World Cup 2014 at a cost of USD$500 million. It is rumoured to also host a university campus.

Fonte Nova – Salvador

Arena Fonte Nova

Arena Fonte Nova

Capacity: 50 000

Club:  EC Bahia

Matches: 6 (4 group matches, 1 round of 16, 1 quarter final)

This stadium will host Spain vs Netherland and Portugal vs Germany!

Arena de Itaquera (Arena Corinthians) – Sao Paulo

Arena de Corinthians

Arena de Corinthians

Capacity: 65 000

Club: SC Corinthians

Matches: 6 (4 group matches, 1 round of 16, 1 semi final)

Arena Pantanal – Cuiabá

Arena Pantanal - Cuiabá

Arena Pantanal – Cuiabá

Capacity: 43 000

Club: Mixto EC and Cuiabá EC

Matches: 4 group matches

This stadium cost USD$210 million but there is not a single club in the state that plays top division Brazilian football, this caused much controversy in Brazil.

Arena das Dunas – Natal

Arena das Dunas - Natal. The "Petal" stadium

Arena das Dunas – Natal. The “Petal” stadium

Capacity: 43 000

Club:  América Futebol Clube

Matches: 4 group matches

(All images courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

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