National Stadium Mane Garrincha – Brasilia

City: Brasilia.

Capacity: 71,400 attendants.

Official name: Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha (National Stadium Mane Garrincha).
Origin of name: Brasilia is the Federal Capital of Brazil, hence many official buildings are called National, such as the National Theatre Claudio Santoro, National Museum Honestino Guimaraes and National Library.
Mane Garrincha was a famous and popular Brazilian football player (he was a star in the World Cups of 1958 and 1962); he was nicknamed the Joy of the People, and many consider Garrincha better than Pele. Garrincha was not born and never lived in Brasilia.

Design: Castro Mello Arquitetos.
It’s worth notice that most of the National monuments in Brasilia were designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, the man who designed Brasilia. According to law, Niemeyer, who’s still alive, should be heard to give opinions on the design of the new stadium, if he so wanted, but he gave it up.

Constructors: Andrade Gutierrez (also working in the Arena Amazonia, in Manaus) and Via Engenharia.
Total area: 120.000 m²
Constructed area: 214.000 m²

Estimated cost: R$ 671 million.

Matches and Teams: Brasilia will host seven matches, including the match for third place. The only other stadium to host seven matches is Maracana, in Rio de Janeiro, which will stage also the final match of the World Cup; all other cities will host less than seven matches.
The teams are yet to be defined. It is already known, though, that the Brazilian team will play at least one match in Brasilia (a second match, only if playing for the third place).
Below, the dates of the matches; teams will be published as soon as they become known.
June 15th 2014 (Sunday):
June 19th 2014 (Thursday):
June 23rd 2014 (Monday): Brazil x
June 26th 2014 (Thursday):
June 30th 2014 (Monday): Round of 16
July 5th 2014 (Saturday): Quarter final
July 12th 2014 (Saturday): Match for third place

Map of Mane Garrincha stadium.

More Photos of Mane Garrincha National Stadium.

Above: in May 2011, the whole stadium was to be imploded, but, even after two attempts, part of the structure remained standing, and had to be demolished with tractors.

Above: November 2012. The photo shows how redish the Brasilia soil is. In the background, one can see the TV Tower (center of image) and the twin buildings of the Brazilian Congress.

Photo above: January 2012.

More information:
» World Cup in Brasilia (also in Portuguese).
» World Cup in Brazil.


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