This Monday (20.05), when the final whistle of the friendly at the Pernambuco Arena is blown, the six stages of the Confederations Cup will have had their pitches and structures tested. The other stadiums have seen action before, the Castelão in Fortaleza, the Mineirão in Belo Horizonte, the Fonte Nova in Salvador, the Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro and the National Mané Garrincha Stadium in Brasilia.
Kick-off is scheduled for 03:00pm, for the friendly which will pitch two teams made up of workers from the building site against each other. The crowd will be restricted to 15 thousand people. Brazil President Dilma Rousseff and the Minister of Aldo Rebelo shall attend the event, in addition to authorities from the Pernambuco State Government and Recife City Hall. On Wednesday (22.05), it is time for the first professional match, with local team Náutico facing Sporting from Portugal.
Built with resources from a public private partnership between the state government and the Pernambuco Arena Group, the stadium is a 46 thousand seater and has had investments in the order of R$ 532 million, R$ 400 million of which as a loan from the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES).
With a built-up area of 128 thousand square metres, the stadium has six storeys. In order to have access to the 20 thousand square metres of the stands, fitted with retractable seats and the 102 boxes, there are eight lifts, 13 escalators and eight ramps. All seats in the stadium are red, in homage to the state’s three main football clubs: Sport, Náutico and Santa Cruz, which all have red as part of their colours.
The common areas bring together 42 food kiosks and two restaurants. There are 84 toilets, in addition to 32 booths for people with special needs. There are 4,700 parking spaces, but the mobility plan anticipates the building of a metro station approximately two kilometres away from the stadium, encouraging the use of public transport.
Pitch and changing rooms
There are four changing rooms available for players and technical staff. The rooms are around 200 square metres each and equipped with toilets, showers, warm-up area, room for the manager, massage room, two bathtubs and lockers. The pitch chosen is the Tifway 419 Bermuda grass, which is suitable for and resistant to tropical climates.
Safety/security and health
In relation to security, the venue is equipped with 271 cameras, 34 of which of the high definition type. The arena may be evacuated in up to eight minutes. If needed, there are nine first aid areas, a medical clinic and five ambulances.
In addition, there will be stewards in all sectors, who will ensure that punters are able to find their numbered seats. During matches and events, two LED high resolution 77 square metre screens, will be used to pass on audiovisual information to the public.
One of the requirements made by the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) before a loan could be approved, was for construction projects to adopt sustainability criteria. The project of the Pernambuco Arena has provided for solar power and rainwater to be captured, as well as the use of natural ventilation and the management of solid waste. During its development, the project employed measures for selective rubbish collection, prevention against smoking and water was reused to wash the wheels of lorries.
Designed based on a multi-purpose concept, every year, the venue shall set aside 70 dates for football. The other dates will be set aside for other sporting events, concerts, trade shows and conventions. According to information provided by the state government, the Pernambuco Arena represents the beginning of a new urban centre. The stadium is the first venue to be built at the ‘World Cup City’ (Cidade da Copa), an area with 242 hectares that aims to being together housing, offices, educational institutions and leisure areas. The project is expected to be delivered in the next 15 years and 10 thousand direct jobs should be generated as a result until 2024.
The multi-purpose arena will be the stage of three matches of the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013: Spain and Uruguay (16 June), Italy and Japan (19 June), and Uruguay and Tahiti (23 June). In the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the venue will be the stage of 5 matches.