Capacity: 44,000 attendants.
Manaus has no tradition at all in football; the local teams can’t attract more than a few thousand attendants per match; the stadium is certain to be under used after the World Cup is finished.
Official name: Estádio Vivaldo Lima.
Origins of name: Vivaldo Palva Lima was a doctor and politician (Senator).
Unlike several Brazilian stadiums which were named after the Governor who built them (like Castelao, Mineirao, Machadao, Verdao and others), the Vivaldao was named after a policitian who was already dead when the stadium was inaugurated.
Vivaldo Lima had relevant participation in the social, cultural, philanthropic and sports scene of Manaus; to mention only his sports merits, he was President of two important clubs in Manaus, Nacional and Fast.
During the World Cup, Brazil will try to push the name Arena Amazonia; the Amazon is the largest rain forest in the World, with potential to attract tourists from all over the World.
The main reason to choose Manaus as a host city was to give it an opportunity to gain world exposure during the World Cup.
Estimated cost: R$ 533 million.
Map of Arena Amazonas:
More photos and images:
Above: project of the new Arena Amazonia, with the city of Manaus and the river Amazonas in the background.
Photo above: photo of the old Vivaldao, from aproximately the same point of view as the previous image.
Above: August 2010, the demolition of Vivaldao was nearly finished.
Above: Arena Amazonia, January 2012.
Above: October 2012 (source).
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