City: Porto Alegre, capital of the State of Rio Grande do Sul.
Capacity: 56,000 attendants.
Official name: Estádio José Pinheiro Borda.
Origin of the name: Jose Pinheiro Borda was a fan of Internacional SC who worked diligently to build the stadium; very few people call the stadium by this name, though.
The stadium is known all across Brazil as the Beira Rio, which means “by the river”. The stadium was located by the river Guaiba (actually, a lagoon – see image above), which washes Porto Alegre.
Owner of stadium: Internacional FC.
This is one of the two private stadiums of the World Cup 2014 (the other one is Arena da Baixada, in Curitiba).
In Porto Alegre, there was a discussion which didn’t happen anywhere else in Brazil: which stadium should host the matches of the Cup.
The other important club in Porto Alegre is Gremio FBPA (Porto Alegre is the only city in the World with two World Champions teams), and the rivalry between Inter and Gremio is unparalleled, even in Brazil.
Gremio is building a new arena, the Arena Gremio, which many say would fit best to the World Cup, and is in a more advanced stage of construction (Inter is struggling with banks to get funds to invest in Beira Rio).
Gremio bidded to be the host, but the reasons why Inter was chosen were not revealed; given the delays in the Beira-Rio, Gremio lobbied to host matches in Arena Gremio; if not the World Cup, at least the matches of the Confederations Cup, in 2013.
Design, architecture and engineering: Hype Studio; Santini e Rocha Arquitetos; Simom Engenharia.
Total area: 305.470 m²
Constructed area: 171.082 m²
Estimated cost: R$ 290 million; because the stadium is privately owned, costs tend to be lower, but fewer details about the contracts will be disclosed.
Matches and Teams: Porto Alegre will stage five matches.
Nine teams will play in Porto Alegre (one team will certainly play twice). Teams are not known yet, but it is certain that the Brazilian team will not play in Porto Alegre.
Below, the dates of the matches; teams will be published as soon as they become known.
June 15th 2014 (Sunday):
June 18th 2014 (Wednesday):
June 22nd 2014 (Sunday):
June 25th (Wednesday):
June 30th (Monday):
Map of Beira-Rio Stadium
More photos of Beira-Rio stadium:
Photo above: January 2012. Very little had been done.
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