In keeping with the spirit of the 2014 Fifa World Cup Brazil, here’s a look at the 12 stadiums that were built and/or remodeled for the most watched sporting event in the world. The architecture of some of these buildings is amazing! Arena Corinthians and Arena Amazonia are breathtaking! Also, with the first weekend of matches in the books, see the updated scores for the upsets and victories that occurred in just the first four days of the tournament.
CITY: Rio de Janeiro
STADIUM: Maracana (capacity 73,531)
HOME TO: Fluminense FC and CR Flamengo
People living outside of Brazil know Rio de Janeiro for its amazing beaches, Sugar Loaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer statue. However, those who know football know that the newly rebuilt Maracana stadium is the historic site where Uruguay beat Brazil, on their home field, in the 1930 World Cup final.
June 15, 2014 23:00 Argentina 2 v Bosnia-Herzegovina 1 – Group F
June 18, 2014 23:00 Spain 0 v Chile 2 – Group B
June 22, 2014 23:00 Belgium 1 v Russia 0 – Group H
June 25, 2014 21:00 Ecuador 0 v France 0 – Group E
June 28, 2014 21:00 Winner Group C v Runner-up Group D
July 4, 2014 21:00 Quarter-finals
July 13, 2014 20:00 Final
CITY: Sao Paulo
STADIUM: Arena Corinthians (capacity 65,000)
HOME TO: Corinthians
The birthplace of football (Sao Paulo) was given the honor of hosting the first match of the 2014 World Cup that featured host Brazil v. Croatia. The match was a great opener to start of what has been a brilliant tournament thus far. Though many say the win was a controversial one for the Brazilians, you cannot fault the ref, he made the right call. The angle in which he was when Naymar Jr. was slightly pulled down to the ref clearly looked like a foul and he was deserving of the penalty kick.
June 12, 2014 21:00 Brazil 3 v Croatia 1 – Group A
June 19, 2014 20:00 Uruguay 2 v England 1 – Group D
June 23, 2014 17:00 Netherlands 2 v Chile 0 – Group B
June 26, 2014 21:00 Korea Republic 0 v Belgium 1 – Group H
July 1, 2014 17:00 Winner Group F v Runner-up Group E
July 9, 2014 21:00 Semi-Final
STADIUM: Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha (capacity: 68,009)
HOME TO: Brasília Futebol Clube
This stadium takes its name from Brazilian football icon Garrincha. The country’s capitol city is Brasilia, and this newly built stadium is home to the Brasília Futebol Clube.
une 15, 2014 17:00 Switzerland 2 v Ecuador 1 – Group E
June 19, 2014 17:00 Colombia 2 v Ivory Coast 1 – Group C
June 23, 2014 21:00 Cameroon 1 v Brazil 4 – Group A
June 26, 2014 17:00 Portugal 2 v Ghana 1 – Group G
June 30, 2014 17:00 Winner Group E v Runner-up Group F
July 5, 2014 17:00 Quarter-finals
July 12, 2014 21:00 Third place match
STADIUM: Estadio Castelao (capacity: 58,704)
HOME TO: Ceara SC and Ferroviario AC
The Fortaleza stadium has been given a face-lift for the World Cup. Brazil with take on Mexico in their second group game. Being a coastal city you can find some of the best seafood in Fortaleza.
June 14, 2014 20:00 Uruguay 1 v Costa Rica 3 – Group D
June 17, 2014 20:00 Brazil 0 v Mexico 0 – Group A
June 23, 2014 20:00 Germany 2 v Ghana 2 – Group G
June 24, 2014 21:00 Greece 2 v Ivory Coast 1 – Group C
June 29, 2014 17:00 Winner Group B v Runner-up Group A
July 4, 2014 21:00 Quarter-final
CITY: Belo Horizonte
STADIUM: Estadio Mineirao (capacity: 57,483)
HOME TO: Cruzeiro Esporte Clube
Since winning the hosting duties of the world’s biggest sporting event, Brazil has given some of its current stadiums a makeover. The Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte was one of those stadiums chosen to get an upgrade. Expect to be wowed as you enter this awesome structure. From a fan’s perspective Belo Horizonte is more affordable than Rio but it is about an hour flight from city to city. Travelers, make sure you have a plan, winging it is not advised.
June 14, 2014 17:00 Colombia 3 v Greece 0 – Group C
June 17, 2014 17:00 Belgium 2 v Algeria 1 – Group H
June 21, 2014 17:00 Argentina 1 v Iran 0 – Group F
June 24, 2014 17:00 Costa Rica 0 v England 0 – Group D
June 28, 2014 17:00 Winner Group A v Runner-up Group B
July 8, 2014 21:00 Semi-final
CITY: Porto Alegre
STADIUM: Estadio Beira-Rio (capacity: 48,849)
HOME TO: Sport Club Internacional
You want to talk about architecture, ok, let’s talk about the Estadio Beira-Rio. This stadium is so visually appealing, it’s incredible! The contrast of the green pitch and the white used on the structure is stunning. If you plan on watching the France v. Honduras game live (as its looks to be a good one) be sure to come armed with an umbrella. The subtropical climate of Porto Alegre has been know to bless the city with rain quite often.
June 15, 2014 20:00 France 3 v Honduras 0 – Group E
June 18, 2014 17:00 Australia 2 v Netherlands 3 – Group B
June 22, 2014 17:00 Korea Republic 2 v Algeria 4 – Group H
June 25, 2014 17:00 Nigeria 2 v Argentina 3 – Group F
June 30, 2014 21:00 Winner Group G v Runner-up Group H
STADIUM: Arena Pernambuco (capacity: 44,248)
HOME TO: Nautico
If there was any community that has a love for its city, teams, and the sport of football, its Recife. The football fans of this town can rival sport loving cities like New England, London and Dallas. This is a new stadium built for the World Cup but will be home to three legendary Brazillian FCs, Santa Cruz, Nautico and Sport.
June 14, 2014 23:00 Côte D’Ivoire 2 v Japan 1 – Group C
June 20, 2014 17:00 Italy 0 v Costa Rica 1 – Group D
June 23, 2014 21:00 Croatia 1 v Mexico 3 – Group A
June 26, 2014 17:00 USA 0 v Germany 1 – Group G
June 29, 2014 21:00 Winner Group D v Runner-up Group C
STADIUM: Arena Fonte Nova (capacity: 52,048)
HOME TO: EC Bahia and EC Vitoria
The Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador is not just a stadium…it’s an entertainment complex. This stadium has a restaurant that boasts panoramic views, shops, hotels, a museum of football and a concert hall. It’s its own mini city. Incredible! This building will be lit up and buzzing long after the World Cup is over. Salvador is a northeastern city so it will be humid. For fans attending the games, be sure to keep hydrated.
June 13, 2014 21:00 Spain 1 v Netherlands 5 – Group B
June 16, 2014 18:00 Germany 4 v Portugal 0 – Group G
June 20, 2014 21:00 Switzerland 2 v France 5 – Group E
June 25, 2014 18:00 Bosnia-Herzegovina 3 v Iran 1 – Group F
July 1, 2014 18:00 Winner Group H v Runner-up Group G
July 5, 2014 22:00 Quarter-final
STADIUM: Arena Pantanal (capacity: 42,968)
HOME TO: Cuiaba EC and Mixto EC
Cuiaba, the “Green City,” which is surrounded by a national park, is located south of the Amazon but close enough that they share the same climate. So sitting (or probably standing and cheering) in the Arena Pantanal will be hot and humid. However, you’re not going to want to miss the Russia v. Korea or Japan v. Colombia games, those are sure to be great games.
June 13, 2014 23:00 Chile 3 v Australia 1 – Group B
June 17, 2014 23:00 Russia 1 v Korea Republic 1 – Group H
June 21, 2014 23:00 Nigeria 1 v Bosnia-Herzegovina 0 – Group F
June 24, 2014 21:00 Japan 1 v Colombia 4 – Group C
STADIUM: Arena Amazonia (capacity: 42,374)
HOME TO: Nacional FC, Fast Club and Rio Negro
Arena Amazonia, which is probably one of the most beautiful stadiums of the 12 that will host the World Cup, stands right in the middle of the Amazon rainforest. The city is no Recife when it comes to the love of the game, but World Cup Brazil organizers’ goal was to spread the games throughout the entire country. Some feel this stadium will be the white elephant of the event once this is over. However, this stadium being surrounded by the rainforest makes it unique, which may draw more use especially as a neutral site future matches.
June 14, 2014 02:00 England 1 v Italy 2 – Group D
June 18, 2014 20:00 Cameroon 0 v Croatia 4 – Group A
June 22, 2014 20:00 USA 2 v Portugal 2 – Group G
June 25, 2014 21:00 Honduras 0 v Switzerland 3 – Group E
STADIUM: Estadio das Dunas (capacity: 42,086)
HOME TO: America FC
The flower of the 12 stadiums, the Estadio das Dunas’s roof was designed to mimic petals of a flower. Amazing how design inspiration can come from anywhere. Natal, or Sun City as many call it, boast year round perfect 82ºF weather and arguably the country’s best beaches.
June 13, 2014 17:00 Mexico 1 v Cameroon 0 – Group A
June 16, 2014 23:00 Ghana 1 v USA 2 – Group G
June 19, 2014 23:00 Japan 0 v Greece 0 – Group C
June 24, 2014 17:00 Italy 0 v Uruguay 1 – Group D
STADIUM: Arena da Baixada (capacity: 41,456)
HOME TO: Atletico Paranaense
Built in 1914, Arena da Baixada might be the oldest stadium of the 12 chosen to host the World Cup, and has been given a face lift twice. Being refurbished instead of completely rebuilt tells you a little about the historic importance of the stadium and what it means to the southern Brazilian city. Due to its location, Arena da Baixada may boast the best climate conditions of the games with temperatures expected to stay around 77ºF with no humidity. Fans will undoubtedly be buzzing around Curitiba.
June 16, 2014 20:00 Iran 0 v Nigeria 0 – Group F
June 20, 2014 23:00 Honduras 1 v Ecuador 2 – Group E
June 23, 2014 17:00 Australia 0 v Spain 3 – Group B
June 26, 2014 21:00 Algeria 1 v Russia 1 – Group H
A few of these stadiums have quite a bit of glass incorporated into their structure. All could have benefited from using Huper Optik window film to keep the heat out. The Huper Select Drei’s incredibly high heat rejection would have been amazing and saved them money on their electricity.
Stadium statistics and images courtesy of dailymail.co.uk
Scores have been updated as of the end of the group stage of the World Cup.