Curitiba and the Baixada Arena will host four group stage matches in the FIFA 2014 World Cup. The announcement was made by FIFA in Zurich, Switzerland on 20 October. The third match played in the capital of the state of Paraná will include the top seeded team in Group B, on the 23rd of June.
The first match to be played in Paraná will be on the 16th of June, four days after the beginning of the World Cup. The second match will take place on the 20th of June and the last on the 26th of June. Curitiba has not been confirmed as a host city for the Confederations Cup.
Even before Brazil was chosen to host the 2014 World Cup, Atlético Paranaense’s stadium was considered one of the best football arenas in the world. In line with Curitiba’s progressive spirit, the Baixada Arena is one of the only three private stadiums to host World Cup matches. With investments in the order of 220 million reais (approximately US$ 126,7 million), the club will adapt the venue to FIFA requirements, which includes the conclusion of the stands at the side of the pitch, the remodelling of the cover and the increase in capacity to 42,000 people. The sport complex, designed to be used for multiple events, will have a business centre, wireless internet connection, food court, commercial centre and parking space for 1,900 vehicles.
The capital of the state of Paraná has 1.8 million inhabitants and an enviable Human Development Index (HDI) of 0.856, ranked third among capital cities in Brazil. Curitiba has become a benchmark in the areas of public transport, tourism and urban ecology.
A diversified industrial hub places the city as Brazil’s fifth largest economy. In addition, it is one of the five best places to invest in Latin America. Gastronomy is diversified and it offers over 5,000 restaurants.
The city also offers tourists good quality museums, beautiful parks, such as the Barigui Park and Botanical Gardens, above average infrastructure and a hotel sector with over 20 thousand beds.
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