The government of the state of Rio Grande do Norte (Brazil’s northeast region) has announced the delivery date and time of the Dunas Arena in Natal, stadium that will be the stage of four 2014 World Cup matches. The official ceremony for the delivery of the ground will be held on 22 January at 04:00pm, with the probable attendance of President Dilma Rousseff.
On 23 January at 07:00pm, a party will be held for the workers who built the stadium and their families. In addition, a plaque with the name of all workers will be unveiled. On 26 January, the pitch at the Dunas Arena will finally see some action, with a double round: América-RN will face Confiança-SE in a Northeast Cup match, and ABC plays Alecrim in Rio Grande do Norte State Championship.
Applications for press accreditation to take part in the official opening ceremony at the Dunas Arena may be made directly with the Communication Secretariat of the Presidency of the Republic, on 20 January. Accreditation badges will be given out on the morning of the 22nd.
For the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the stadium's seating capacity will be of 42 thousand people, being reduced to 32 thousand after the tournament. The multi-purpose arena has been designed to host conventions, exhibitions, as well as national and international concerts. In addition, there will be 2,500 parking spaces. The stadium will have two big screens, PA system, 39 boxes with exclusive toilets, restaurant areas, 25 food kiosks, gym and shops. The total anticipated investment is of R$ 400 million, R$ 396.5 million of which from federal financing.