The announcement of the 2013 Confederations Cup and the 2014 FIFA World Cup match schedule has awarded four games for the only host city in the country’s Northern region. The Amazônia Arena in Manaus will be the venue for four group stage matches of Groups A, D, E and G. The first match will be the third played in the tournament on Saturday the 14th of June and will bring together two national sides from Group D. The other matches will take place on the 18th, 22nd and 25th of June. The last match will involve the top seeded national team in Group E, usually one of the top teams of the tournament.
Between the international airport and Manaus’ historical centre, the stadium will have cover for the stands, restaurant, underground car park, access to people with special needs and systems for reusing rain water, as well as natural ventilation to reduce energy consumption. After the World Cup, the complex shall be used by the private sector as a multi-use arena.
The Vivaldão was inaugurated in April 1970 with a match between the Brazilian national team and the Amazonas state team. The stadium’s capacity then was of 43,000 people and later, it became part of a multi-sport complex, with an Olympic village and sports gymnasium. Throughout the years, until 1995, several improvements were made to it, such as an electronic board, lighting and renovations to the pitch.
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