Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova
|2,100 (VIP seats)|
|City||Salvador da Bahia|
|Opening game||07.04.2013 (EC Bahia - Vitória, 1-5)|
|Construction||09.2010 - 04.2013|
|Cost||R$ 592 million|
|Design||SCHULITZ Architekten / Tetra Arquitetos|
Description: Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova
In September 2010, in the place of former Estádio Fonte Nova (meaning ‘new source’ and associating the stadium with nearby lagoon) construction of a completely new stadium began. Just like its predecessor, the new stadium received stands opened to the south, allowing fans to enjoy the beautiful lagoon view. Stands are blue as well, this time thanks to colour of 55,000 seats rather than paintwork on the concrete, though.
Along the concept of German Schulitz Architektur and its Brazilian partners, the stadium received light roof covered with membrane, stands divided into three tiers and the open end was thought to be a good location for concert stage on non-sporting occasions.
The stadium project was launched thanks to Brazil winning the 2014 World Cup host selection and this is the very first new stadium opened ahead of the event (third, if we include existing stadia that went through an overhaul). Complete cost of the project stood at R$ 592 million (some €227 million / $294 million).
The ceremonial opening of the stadium took place on April 5 with president Dilma Rousseff kicking the ball with her bare foot. However, first large event was held on April 7, with the famous ‘Ba-Vi’ derby of Salvador.
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