Third stadium to be ready for the Confederations Cup, the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador will be officially delivered this Friday (05.04) at 10:00 am. Brazil President Dilma Rousseff will attend the ceremony, together with the Minister of Sport Aldo Rebelo, the Bahia State Governor Jacques Wagner, as well as Salvador's Mayor Antonio Carlos Magalhães Neto. The construction work itself was finished in February and March was used for making the final adjustments.
In order to celebrate the date, the World Cup Portal has prepared a series of articles, which bring together videos and an infographic about the stadium. The articles provide detailed information about the pitch, roof, accessibility, sustainability, safety/security, comfort for fans, changing rooms and lighting. The stadium’s capacity is of 50 thousand people. During the Confederations and World Cups, this number will be increased to 55 thousand. The five thousand removable seats are being assembled in the area referred to as "the horseshoe", in the ground's south sector.
The first match will take place this Sunday (07.04), when two of Salvador’s most traditional clubs face each other in the state championship: kick-off for the local derby between Bahia and Vitoria is at 04:00 pm. Before the match, fans will be able to watch performances by singers Ivete Sangalo, Vitoria fan and Claudia Leite, Bahia supporter. Moreover, singers Dan Miranda, Margareth Menezes, Marcia Short and Mariene de Castro will also take part. Minutes before the match, the Olodum percussion group will play the national anthem and the Bahia state anthem.
On 28 April, the second game of the state derby will serve as the official test event for the arena before the Confederations Cup. On the occasion, professionals from the Local Organising Committee (LOC) shall follow the operation closely.
The first Confederations Cup match to be played in Salvador will see Nigeria take on Uruguay on 20 June. On 22 June, the international derby between Brazil and Italy will see nine world titles taking to the pitch. The match will be the last round of the group stage. Salvador will also host the third place play-off, on the last day of the competition on 30 June.
In the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the venue will be the stage of six matches, four in the group stage, one in the round of 16 and a quarter-final.
The total investment was of R$ 591.7 million, R$ 323.6 million of which as federal financing from the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES), as well as R$ 268.1 million from state resources. The project was developed as a Public Private Partnership between the Bahia state government and construction companies OAS and Odebrecht. The venue will be managed by Fonte Nova Negócios e Participações, who have won the concession rights for 35 years and is made up by both construction companies.
Named after a former governor of the state of Bahia, Octavio Mangabeira, person behind the building of the stadium, the ground was inaugurated for the first time in 1951 and is more commonly known as Fonte Nova. After being imploded on 29 August 2010, the original project was kept, including the area referred to as “the horseshoe”. The Fonte Nova’s south sector is 42 metres high with an open area facing the Tororó Dyke, the city’s only natural spring, listed by the National Historic and Artistic Heritage Institute.
Over 10 thousand people were involved in several stages of the project, from the old ground's implosion, the building of the new venue to the current stage of getting everything ready for operation.
The project took over two and half years to be finished and at one point there were 4,500 workers at the building site. The Fonte Nova Arena is on a 116 thousand square metre plot of land and it has a built up area of 90 thousand square metres. The building has ten storeys and three rings for the stands (lower, middle and upper). Four storeys are used for the garage, one for the changing rooms, mixed zone and press conference rooms, one for the general flow of people, one for the premium lounge, one for the boxes, as well as a level for the press lounge and another for the TV booths.
The amount of concrete used in the project was of 45 thousand square metres and all of the old stadium's material was reused. The arena’s support structure weighs 5.2 tons and the metal structure 1.8 tons. Twelve thousand pre-molded parts were used, as well as 65 thousand metres of stakes. Out of all the material used, 70% was procured from suppliers from the state of Bahia.