Estádio Octávio Mangabeira (Estádio Fonte Nova) – until 2007

Capacity60 044
Country Brazil
CitySalvador da Bahia
ClubsEC Bahia, EC Vitória
Build year1951
Last renovation year1971
Retire year2007
Inauguration 28.01.1951 (Botafogo de Salvador - AD Guarany, 1-1)
Renovations 1971
Record attendance 110 438 (EC Bahia - Fluminense, 2-1, 1988)

Description: Estádio Fonte Nova

When built in 1951, it was the largest stadium of the entire Bahia state. Like most venues built at that time in Brazil, it had elliptical stands. Initially only the lower section of stands was done.

One thing that made it distinctive was the open space giving fans a magnificent view on the Salvador lagoon Dique do Tororó, part of the country’s natural heritage.

Being the largest around, the stadium played host to numerous great games. Most of them were those by EC Bahia and Vitória, two local powerhouses with large fanbases. The “Ba-Vi” derby between them was held here over 300 times (!), getting crowds of nearly 100,000 on occasions.

Official record belongs to a game of Bahia and Fluminense in 1988, watched by 110,438 people. Unofficially, however, some name a different game from 1971 as the biggest. As the stadium was reopened after expansion works (new upper tier), up to 120,000 may have been here. Official paid attendance from that game stands at 94,972, though, not confirming the theories. Of course overcrowding was not uncommon back then…

The stadium was also the site of a tragedy in 2007. On November 25 the stands were packed to capacity as the hosts celebrated promotion and one step of the stands didn’t withstand the weight of supporters. Unfortunately, as it was almost on top of the terraces, 7 people fell down onto the sidewalk around the stadium, dying instantly.

After that incident the stadium was closed definitely and already the next day decision was made to demolish it. However, works only began in 2010 with lower stands being taken down with machinery, while the remainder with explosives.

Pictures

2010

2007

  • Estádio Fonte Nova
    29.11.2007 © Roosevelt Pinheiro, Agência Brasil
  • Estádio Fonte Nova
    29.11.2007 © Roosevelt Pinheiro, Agência Brasil

1951

  • Estádio Fonte Nova
    1951 ©

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