The twelve 2014 World Cup Arenas are designed to offer the highest comfort and convenience to supporters. Accessibility is an important item for inclusion, also a requirement by the Brazilian government and FIFA. The Castelão in Fortaleza is an example of how football may bring about this type of legacy in the country. From the total of 63,903 seats, 1,675 are reserved for obese people, or people with disabilities.
This number corresponds to 2.4% of the stadium's capacity, which is more than the minimum requirement of 1% anticipated by the World Cup General Bill and administrative rule No 205 of the Ministry of Sport, that regulates the issue. At the Castelão, 335 seats are reserved for wheel chair users, 1,220 for people with reduced mobility and 120 for obese people. The seats are spread throughout the lower ring and cater for views from all angles of the pitch.
The places are well placed in relation to the speakers and there are adequate signposts. In addition, from the 1,900 parking spaces, 100 are reserved for people with disabilities. Other plus points for these fans are the lifts. In the access way and in the arena, there is a directional tactile floor and warning sounds for the visually impaired, in addition to 18 access ramps to the stands.
See the full coverage of the Castelão's delivery ceremony:
» Castelão is the first 2014 World Cup Stadium to be delivered
» See details of Castelão's architecture project
» Sustainability, one of the traits of the project of the stadium in Fortaleza
» Modern, retract and resistant seats
» The pitch at the Castelão will be closer; the ground will also have big screens and changing rooms for up to four teams
» Security system at the Castelão has 240 cameras
» Shops and restaurants at the Castelão will open even when there are no matches