The Castelão will be the first stadium to be delivered for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. The delivery ceremony will be this Sunday (16.12), in Fortaleza (capital of the state of Ceará in Brazil’s northeast region), at 18.00 (local time, 19.00 in Brasília). The event will be attended by Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff, the Minister of Sport Aldo Rebelo and the Ceará State Governor Cid Gomes. The delegation shall visit the internal area of the arena and then, will go to the stage located in the Castelão’s external area, for the ground’s delivery ceremony.
After the ceremony, there will be a concert by Raimundo Fagner, singer from the state of Ceará. The state government expects approximately 20 thousand people at the event. The stadium’s promenade has a 55 thousand metre square area.
The Castelão will be open to public visitation an hour before the ceremony is scheduled to start. Fans will be able to see and take pictures of the stadium, which will be the stage of three Confederations Cup 2013 matches and another six World Cup games. The arena will have capacity for 67 thousand people and investments in the order of R$ 518.6 million, R$ 351.5 million of which from federal financing.
The ground's pitch has already been outlined and the goal posts assembled. The pitch is 105m in length by 68 metres in width and 10m away from the stands. The World Cup Secretary of the State of Ceará Ferrucio Feitosa has confirmed that the first matches at the ground will be a double round of the 2013 Northeast Cup, with the city’s two main teams. On 27 January at 17.00, Ceará faces Bahia. Then, at 19.30, the match will be between Fortaleza and Sport.
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
» Accessibility: 2,4% of Castelão capacity will be reserved for wheel chair users, people with reduced mobility and obese people
» 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