Estádio Governador Plácido Aderaldo Castelo (Castelão, Gigante da Boa Vista)
|Clubs||Fortaleza EC, Ceará SC, Ferroviário AC|
|Inauguration||11.11.1973 (Ceará - Fortaleza, 0-0)|
|Record attendance||118,496 (Brazil - Uruguay, 27.08.1980)|
|Design||Vigliecca Arquitectos (2011-2013)|
|Contractor||Galvão, Andrade Mendonça (2011-2013)|
Description: Estádio Castelão
Estádio Governador Plácido Castelo was built in 1973. It was the largest arena of the north-east of Brazil, 4th largest nationwide. It saw some of the greatest events, both domestic and international, including concerts or papal visit of John Paul II.
Of course main use was still provided by football clubs of the region, primarily Ceará, Ferroviário and Fortaleza EC. Record crowds were in excess of 100,000 at peak.
In 2002 the venue was reopened after complex reconstruction, with double-tiered stands holding some 60,000 people from then on.
With Brazil being announced host of the 2014 World Cup, yet another major overhaul came as soon as in 2011. This time the upper tier was retained, while lower stands were built anew, closer to the pitch and with more seats. Only the main stand was built completely from scratch, to provide facilities for office and hospitality use. The works led to capacity increase, also providing cover for all spectators first time in the stadium’s history.
Brazil: Only 16 stadiums ranked above average
Brazilian sports ministry ranked 155 football stadia across the country, giving them notes of 1-5 stars. Just 16 venues were given 4-5 stars, while 88 were ranked 1-2.
Brazil: Record World Cup attendance (theoretically)
The World Cup was seen live from the stands by almost 3,43 million people. Or so says FIFA, who haven’t disclosed actual number of viewers, sharing only number of distributed tickets.
Report: How much did Brazil spend on World Cup stadiums?
Cost overruns and ‘white elephant’ fears are a frequent title lately. But reality isn’t black and white – Brazilian stadiums are hardly the most expensive ever and some seem to be a really good deal for the taxpayers.
World Cup: Brazil’s games quite exclusive
Starting value of average matchday ticket is half of what many Brazilians earn. No surprise that 90% of locals attending World Cup matches are from two richest social groups and are almost never black.
World Cup: Your matchday photos matter!
As with every mega event covered at StadiumDB.com, we reach out to our Users present on location. If you were lucky enough to get a ticket, have photos of local stadiums and would like to share any – this message is for you.
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?
Stadium of the Year 2013: Last 24 hours to vote
It’s been exactly 30 days since we started the Stadium of the Year competition. Now we enter the final 24 hours of the vote. If you haven’t selected your favourites, now is the time!
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...
Stadium of the Year 2013: Let the vote begin!
It's time to start the selection process. For the next month you can thoroughly review all candidates and make your move, selecting 2013's Stadium of the Year. The world's largest open competition of this kind begins now!
Stadium of the Year 2013: Time to nominate!
Just like every year, we invite you to propose nominees before the Stadium of the Year vote begins. We created an initial list of eligible stadiums, but count on you to suggest more, if you think we missed any worthy building.
Brazil: Dream final, but disastrous tournament
When global media were impatiently counting days for delayed stadium deliveries, few could expect that preparation fears will instantly be replaced with millions taking into the streets. As Brazilian team prepares to win over Spain, polls show that protesters enjoy 80% support from the population, while the president went under 30% within days.
Brazil: Check out the Confederations Cup stadia
The opening game is under way, so it’s about time to check the host venues of 2013 Confederations Cup. Three of them are brand new, three largely revamped from how they used to look. Brazilians did well to build them. Wait, did they?
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.