Natal: Arena das Dunas set alight for the first time

source:; author: michał

Natal: Arena das Dunas set alight for the first time 2013 ended in an unexpected way for many citizens of Brazilian Natal. 2 hours before midnight on New Year’s Eve all lights at Arena das Dunas were lit in the very first test ahead of upcoming opening.


At 10pm on Tuesday all 306 lamps were lit at Arena das Dunas, marking the very first test of the HD/3D-compatible floodlighting system. Each of the lamps located around the inner edge of the roof provides 800kW of energy and together make up for the required 2,000 lux lighting.

The stadium is equipped with four power generators to provide continuous service throughout any night-time event. Back-up system assures that light will stay on even in case of power shortage.

Arena das DunasPhoto: Caninde Soares

Upcoming weeks will see the very last touches at the stadium (mostly furnishings and installation works) along with a major clean-up operation after construction works. On Jan 20 president Dilma Rousseff will visit the stadium. Three days later a plaque with names of all workers will be revealed, while the workers themselves will have a party at the stadium.

Finally, on January 26 the stadium will open for everyone with two inauguration games. First one will be played in the Brazilian cup (América - Confiança-SE), while the second is a regional Campeonato Potiguar fixture between ABC and Alecrim.