Capacity: 67,037 attendants.
Official name: Estadio Governador Plácido Castelo.
Origin of name: Placido Aderaldo Castelo was Governor of the State of Ceara from 1966 to 1971; the stadium was built during his term in office.
Notice that the name Castelao means also “big castle” in Portuguese; actually, most Brazilians associate the name of the stadium to a castle, rather than the Governor.
Design: Vigliecca & Associados.
Estimated cost: R$ 520 million.
Matches and teams: Fortaleza will host six matches of the World Cup and three matches of the Confederations Cup.
The Brazil team will certainly play one match in Castelao, with good chances to play twice (there are two ways of Brazil playing the second match in Fortaleza: either if the team finishes second placed in the first stage, or if it finishes leader of first stage and wins the following match).
A growing number of Portuguese, Spanish and Italian citizens have a second residence in Fortaleza; these countries could benefit from playing here.
Below, dates of matches:
June 14th 2014 (Saturday):
June 17th (Tuesday): Brazil x
June 21st (Saturday):
June 24th (Tuesday): Round of 16
June 29th (Sunday): Quarter Final
July 4th (Friday):
(Update, November 2012): Fortaleza is confirmed as one of the hosts cities of the Confederations Cup, in 2013. Schedule of matches:
June 19th 2013 (Wednesday): Brazil x Mexico
June 23rd (Sunday): Spain x
June 27th (Thursday): Semifinal
FIFA is happy with the fast pace of works in Fortaleza, and the city is a strong candidate to host the final draw of the World Cup 2014.
Map of the Castelao Stadium, in Fortaleza:
More images and photos of the Castelao stadium:
Photo above: June 12nd 2011, when sectors of the Castelao stadium were imploded.
Photo above: February 2012, when workers stopped working for two days, claiming better salaries.
Photo above: October 2012; more than 90% of the works were done.
Two photos above (source): December 16th 2012, Castelão is officially the first stadium of the World Cup Brazil to be ready for the event; President Dilma Rousseff had the honour of the first kick off, and didn’t miss the opportunity to deliver a highly overoptmistic speech about the chances of Brazil “to win the World Cup not only inside the stadiums, but also outside”.
There was no official match; the first matches will be January 27th 2013.