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Stadiums of the Confederation Cup 2013

June 12, 2012

FIFA announced the stadiums of Confederations Cup 2013, which should be a reherseal for the FIFA World Cup.

Update, November 2012: see the schedule of the Confederations Cup.

The Confederations Cup takes place one year before the Cup, and is disputed by eight countries: the host country,  the champion of the previous World Cup (Spain), and each of the winner of the six Continental Cups.

Ideally, all the twelve stadia should be ready for the Confederations Cup; by staging an actual match, the stadium would be tested as to its infrastructure (pitch, seats, illumination) and its functionality (ways of access, tickets control, parking area, etc).

However, six of the twelve stadiums are already excluded from the Confederations Cup.

Four stadiums are confirmed: the National Stadium, in Brasilia (will host the opening match, and only that one); Maracana, in Rio de Janeiro (will host the final match); Mineirao, in Belo Horizonte; and Castelao, in Fortaleza.

FIFA will visit two other stadiums before the end of this year to confirm whether or not they will be ready for the Confederations: Arena Pernambuco, in Recife, and Fonte Nova, in Salvador.

Recife and Salvador are running to get their stadiums ready; the Confederations Cup will see some great matches (maybe Brazil x Spain or Brazil x England – or whichever other country wins the Eurocup), and will draw the attention of the World.

Hosting the Confederations Cup will bring exposure, free marketing and a lot of business for the host cities.

Stadiums of World Cup Brazil 2014

March 4, 2012

The posts below bring information about each of the twelve stadiums which will stage matches of the World Cup Brazil 2014.

Last updated: December 2012.

Each post brings or will bring:
– Name, capacity and location of the stadium
– Official name, and origins of name
– the designer and the constructor of the stadium
– photos and images of the stadium, including: artistic images of the project, photos of the old stadium, photos of the new stadium being built
– when available, photos of the stadiums during the Cup, as well as the teams which will be performing there.

The Stadiums and respective locations are:

Use the comments below to send comments and suggestions.

Mineirao, Belo Horizonte

February 28, 2012

City: Belo Horizonte, capital city of the State of Minas Gerais.

Capacity: 67,000 attendants.
According to wikipedia, Mineirao is today the second largest stadium in Brazil (the largest one being Maracana). Morumbi used to be the undisputed second biggest, but after successive renovations (which increase comfort and reduce seat space), the number will fall under the current 68,000 (anyway, Morumbi will not host the Cup).
However, after the Cup, Castelao Stadium, in the northeastern city of Fortaleza, can become the second largest stadium in Brazil; official informed capacity was 67,037, but the figures (neither Mineirao’s nor Castelao’s) don’t make a clear distinction between actual attendance seatings, media seatings, VIP seatings, etc.

Official name: Estádio Governador Magalhaes Pinto.
Origin of name: Jose de Magalhaes Pinto was Governor of the State of Minas Gerais between 1961 and 1966; the stadium was built during his term in office.
The stadium is much more commonly referred to as Mineirao, which means “the big Mineiro” (Mineiro is someone who’s born in the State of Minas Gerais).

Design: Gustavo Penna e Associados and GMP.

Constructors: Construcap, Egesa and Hap.

Estimated cost: R$ 667 million.

Matches and teams: Belo Horizonte will host six matches of the World Cup, including one of the semi-finals.
In the likely event of the Brazilian team finishing first placed in the groups stage, then it will play a match in Belo Horizonte.
Dates of matches:
June 14th (Saturday):
June 17th (Tuesday):
June 21st (Saturday):
June 24th (Tuesday):
June 28th (Saturday): Round of 16
July 8th (Tuesday): semi-final
Belo Horizonte is confirmed as one of the host cities of the Confederations Cup, in 2013.
It is worth noticing that Minas Gerais was a host of the World Cup 1950, but matches were in the Estadio Independencia, and not in Mineirao (which didn’t exist).

Map of Mineirao stadium, Belo Horizonte:

More images and photos of Mineirao:

Above: artistic image of the complex Mineirao (football arena) and Mineirinho (indoor sports arena).


Photo above: October 2011.


Above: February 2012.

More information:
» World Cup Belo Horizonte (see also information in Portuguese).
» Brazil 2014