Arena das Dunas

Capacity31 375
104 (Disabled seats)
Country Brazil
CityNatal
ClubsAmérica Futebol Clube, ABC Futebol Clube
Inauguration 26/01/2014 (América FC - AD Confiança, 2-0)
Construction 08/2011 - 01/2014
Cost R$ 423 million
Design Populous, Grupo Stadia, Diegues e Cordeiro Arquitetos
Contractor OAS

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Description: Arena das Dunas

First renderings of this stadium were presented back in 2010. Back then Populous architects were on the job, but detailed project was carried out by Brazilian teams. The stadium with light, furrowed outer shell has a distinctive feature with staircases being exposed rather than hidden beneath the stands.

The interior sees two tiers of seating along the pitch, divided by 40 skyboxes, and a single tier without roof on both ends. Interestingly, the ends have additional space for temporary expansion, one that gave the stadium some 10,000 additional seats for the 2014 World Cup. Under the stands a large event hall for up to 4,000 people is located.

Along with over 2,600 parking spaces the stadium cost regional authorities R$ 423 million (€130m / $176m) and was expected to be delivered by December 31, 2013. Eventually it saw a slight delay, but was operable and opened already in January 2014.

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