Arena Pantanal, Cuiaba

City: Cuiaba, capital of the State of Mato Grosso.

Capacity: 43,600 attendants.

Official name: Estádio José Fragelli.
Origin of name: Jose Fragelli was Governor of Mato Grosso from 1970 to 1974; the stadium started building during his term in office.
The stadium is more commonly referred to as Verdao (the Big Green), due to the fact that both inside and outside of the stadium, the predominant color is green (see photo further below).
The Government of Mato Grosso will use the World Cup try to push the new name, Arena Pantanal. Pantanal is one of the largest and richest biomes in Brazil (it beats the Amazon in variety of fauna), with potentials to attract eco-tourists from all over the World; actually, the main reason to elect Cuiaba as a host city was to bring marketing exposure to the Pantanal.

Design: GCP.

Constructors: Mendes Junior and Santa Barbara.

Estimated cost: R$ 600 million.

Teams and matches: Cuiaba will be one of the four host cities which will host only four matches of the World Cup 2014 (the other ones are Manaus, Curitiba and Natal); these are considered the least relevant host cities.
Cuiaba is, along with Manaus, the most isolated of the World Cup cities, and one of the smallest in size; even though Cuiaba should become a success with eco-tourists, it is unlikely that the National Teams would prefer to have the city as a base.
Dates of matches:
June 13th (Friday):
June 17th (Tuesday):
June 21st (Saturday):
June 24th (Tuesday):

Map of the Arena Pantanal Stadium:

More images and photos of Arena Pantanal:

Photo above: the old Verdao (the Big Green); notice the predominance of Green all around the stadium.

Above: in May 2010, with the implosion of the second tower, the entire stadium is already down.

The new Pantanal aims to be the most eco-friendly stadium in Brazil; the project shows a preoccupation with an optimum use of space.

Above: December 2011.

More information:
» World Cup in Cuiaba (see also information in Portuguese).


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