Five hundred days away from the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Brazil is able to boast that two of the stadiums are ready: the Mineirão in Belo Horizonte and the Castelão in Fortaleza. The stadiums in the other four Confederations Cup – to be held in June - host cities are scheduled to be delivered by April. According to the construction timetable, the other six World Cup grounds will be finished by December. Read an article by the World Cup Portal to see the details related to the progress of each ground's construction works.
Belo Horizonte – Mineirão
The refurbished Mineirão was officially delivered on 21 December 2012. The first match to be held at the new Mineirão will be the opening match of the Minas Gerais State Championship, featuring a local derby between Cruzeiro and Atlético on 3 February 2013. With capacity for 62,160 people, the ground shall be the stage of six World Cup matches, including a semi-final and a game in the first round of the knock-out stage. In the Confederations Cup, the city shall play host to three matches, including a semi-final, which could see Brazil taking to the pitch. Investments in the order of R$ 695 million were made, R$ 400 million of which from federal financing. The refurbishment project generated three thousand jobs when construction works were at their peak.
Brasília – Brasilia National Mané Garrincha Stadium
The Brasilia National Mané Garrincha Stadium will cater for 70 thousand people and investments in the order of R$ 1.015 billion were made. Eighty-seven per cent of the construction works had been finished by December 2012, according to data published by the local government. In January 2013, a new stage in the assembly of the rooftop cover started, the trusses began being put up. In all, 48 structures will be connected to the support cables that were lifted in December. Four thousand builders are at work, working around three shifts. The ground’s delivery date has been set for April 2013. The National Stadium will be the stage of seven World Cup matches, including one of Brazil’s group stage games. The ground will be the stage of the opening match of the Confederations Cup, on 15 June, between Brazil and Japan.
Cuiabá – Pantanal Arena
At the end of December, 55% of the construction works of the Pantanal Arena had been finished, according to an update provided by the local government. In January 2013, the assembly of the north, west and east stands was concluded. The south sector should be finished by February. The porticos that will support the rooftop cover have started being put in. Furthermore, the boxes, VIP areas, restaurants and snack bars have started being built and the hydraulics put in. Currently, 700 people are working around two shifts at the building site. The stadium will be the stage of four 2014 World Cup matches, with investments in the order of R$ 519.9 million made, R$ 285 million of which from federal financing. The delivery date has been set for October 2013. Able to cater for 43 thousand fans during the World Cup, the project has removable stands for 17 thousand people.
Curitiba – Baixada Arena
The Baixada Arena in Curitiba will be the stage of four 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil matches. According to data published by the developer in charge, 55.82% of the refurbishment works had been finished in December 2012. Interventions are being done simultaneously in several sectors, such as demolition and earthworks, as well as the building of beams, blocks and slabs. Six towers will be demolished to eliminate blind spots in the stadium and indeed, three of them have been taken down already. In addition to renovation works being done on already existing structures, the new Brasíliio Itiberê sector is being built. The venue will have capacity for 41 thousand people, with investments in the order of R$ 234 million, R$ 131 million of which from federal financing. The stadium's delivery date has been set for June 2013.
Fortaleza – Castelão
The renovated Castelão Arena was officially delivered on 16 December 2012. The inaugural match took place this Sunday (27.01). The venue has 63,903 seats and had investments in the order of R$ 623 million, R$ 400 million of which from federal financing. The city is in Brazil’s itinerary in the 2014 World Cup. The second match in Group A will be played at the Castelão during the tournament’s group stage. If Brazil qualifies second in their group, their first match in the knock-out stage will be in Fortaleza. In addition, the ground in the state of Ceará will also be the stage of three group stage matches and one of the quarter-finals. The Castelão will be the stage of three Confederations Cup matches.
Manaus – Amazonia Arena
The Amazonia Arena in Manaus will cater for 44 thousand fans. With delivery date set for December 2013, the project has been budgeted in R$ 515 million, R$ 375 million of which from federal financing. In January 2013, 52% of the construction works had been finished. The project is advancing well and the upper stand has started to be assembled, which should be finished by April. Some of the toilets are having the finishing work done. In May, the rooftop cover and the façade start being assembled. The Amazonia Arena shall be the stage of four 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil matches, all in the tournament’s group stage.
Natal – Dunas Arena
The stadium in the capital city of the state of Rio Grande do Norte will have capacity for 43 thousand people. Delivery date has been set for December 2013. Investments in the order of R$ 417 million will be made in the venue, R$ 396.5 million of which from federal financing. According to data published by the local government, in December 2012 50% of the construction works of the Dunas Arena had been finished. The stands of the upper ring have started being assembled, as well as the installation of the air conditioning system and the building of the toilets. There are 1,200 people working at the building site, which will be the stage of four 2014 World Cup matches, all in the tournament's group stage.
Porto Alegre – Beira-Rio
At the beginning of January 2013, 55% of modernisation works at the Beira-Rio Stadium had been finished. The metal pillars for the new rooftop cover have been put up, the pitch's vacuum drainage system has started being installed, the lighting towers have been removed and pre-molded units have been placed in one more quadrant. At the moment, workers are starting to set up the internal pillars of the new rooftop cover. The stadium should be delivered in December 2013. Investments in the order of R$ 330 million are being made in the Beira-Rio Stadium, R$ 235 million of which from federal financing. Porto Alegre shall be the stage of five 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil matches, four in the group stage and one in the knock-out stage.
Recife – Arena Pernambuco
The Pernambuco Arena shall be the stage of five 2014 FIFA World Cup matches and another three games in the group stage of the Confederations Cup. The stadium in São Lourenço da Mata, Recife metropolitan region, has been budgeted in R$ 529.5 million, R$ 397.1 million of which from federal financing. The venue will have capacity for 46 thousand people, with 4,700 parking spaces. The last estimate provided by the construction company in charge of the project said that 83.6% of the project had been finished at the beginning of January 2013. The rooftop cover of the Pernambuco Arena has started to be put up. Sixty-four per cent of architecture and finishing interventions have been finished. The inaugural match has been scheduled for 14 April 2013.
Rio de Janeiro – Maracanã
Stage of the final of the Confederations Cup and the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, the new Maracanã shall have the capacity for 78,639 fans. Seventy-nine per cent of the refurbishment works being done at the stadium had been finished by December 2012, according to data published by the local government. Currently, six thousand builders are at work at the ground. The concrete of the stands is being made waterproof and the steps where the seats will be placed on have started to be drilled in. There are other work fronts on the way, such as the preparation work for the rooftop cover, the implementation of the pitch's drainage system, renovation of the ramps, as well as the coating and finishing works being done to the toilets, bars, restaurants and boxes. In all, R$ 808.4 million will be invested in the stadium’s refurbishment works, R$ 400 million of which from federal financing. The ground’s delivery date has been set for April. After ready, the venue will be the stage of three Confederations Cup matches and seven World Cup games.
Salvador – Fonte Nova
The stadium, which will be the stage of three Confederations Cup matches and another six World Cup games is expected to be delivered on 28 February. The aim of the Government of the State of Bahia is to hold the inaugural match at the Fonte Nova Arena on 29 March, date when Salvador’s anniversary is celebrated. According to data published by the local government in January 2013, 91% of the venue’s construction works have been finished. The process for laying down the pitch was finished on 21 January. The grass species chosen is the Bermuda Celebration, more suitable for tropical climates and the same type used in the Castelão and Mineirão stadiums. After ready, Fonte Nova shall boast 55 thousand seats, 5 thousand of which will be removable. The total investment is of R$ 591.7 million, R$ 400 million of which from federal financing.
São Paulo – Corinthians Arena
Stage of the 2014 World Cup opening match and another five games in the tournament, in January 2013, 62% of the Corinthians Arena in São Paulo had been finished. After the ninth metal module of the rooftop cover structure in the east building had been put up, work in that sector came to an end and the crane used for lifting heavy parts, will start assembling the eleven modules of the west sector in February. The stadium’s capacity will be of 65 thousand people. There will be 48 thousand conventional seats and 17 thousand retractable seats, required by FIFA for the opening match and that will be removed after the tournament. The venue has been budgeted in R$ 820 million. From the total budget, R$ 400 million will come from federal financing. Delivery date has been set for December 2013.