|Clubs||Fortaleza EC, Ceará, Ferroviário|
|Tournament||World Cup 2014|
|Cost||518,6 mln R$|
|Construction||2011 - 2013|
Description: Novo Castelão
As part of preparations for the 2014 World Cup, the ground built in 1973 is to be completely rebuilt with only some 70% of the upper tier left untouched. New lower tier will bring supporters closer to the action while new main stand’s upper tier is to provide skyboxes and other corporate facilities.
Also, old roof was removed with a new one to cover all spectators instead of just some. Additionally, thanks to the slender pylons supporting it, the venue is to change its image completely.
Surrounding the stadium is a complex of both parking (4,200 bays) and further commercial and recreational facilities.
World Cup: All stadiums tested, no serious incidents
Some may argue that safety infractions happened, that stadiums aren’t ready. But in all fairness Brazil is proving to be a great host for tourists. And if Japanese fans cleaning litter make headlines, nothing serious is going wrong, eh?
Known for the thundering support of local fans, the grand stadium in Fortaleza went through almost entire reconstruction over the past three years. Now it's world class in many aspects, but seems to have lost some of its electric atmosphere...
Brazil: Fight against time ahead of Confederations Cup
As it turns out, no more than three arenas will be ready, while three others are well behind. Behind the initial, updated and final deadlines. Largest venues seem to be in worst position, but FIFA assures the tournament will be held as planned.
Brazil: New Castelão reopening far from perfect
Two games in one day marked the occasion of first football matchday at the redeveloped World Cup stadium in Fortaleza. But even summarized, both fixtures’ crowds wouldn’t fill the stadium.
Brazil: Very festive, but was this an opening?
Some 40,000 people came to opening ceremony of Brazil's first World Cup venue yesterday. And it was great – this is the message that went global. But it wasn't all that fun for locals, who were pushed out of the stadium by police forces.
Brazil: FIFA confirmed Confederation Cup venues
All six stadiums submitted by Brazil were accepted by FIFA, even though two met with severe criticism a few months back for construction delays. Now we present current status (and photos) of all the chosen venues.
Brazil: Will FIFA avoid ‘ghost viewers’?
It seems impossible to get rid of, but FIFA attempts to minimize it. And by ‘it’ we mean ghost viewers – with tickets sold, but left unused. Number of such spots may reach several thousand per game.
Brazil 2014: Record sales of hospitality packages
Though it’s only 7 months since premium seats at Brazilian stadiums went on sale for the 2014 World Cup, targeted income already exceeds expectations and is higher than total hospitality revenue from South Africa’s 2010 World Cup.