|First game||09/03/2013 (Nacional - Remo, 2-2)|
|Construction||12/07/2010 - 02/2014|
|Cost||R$ 669.5 million|
|Address||Av. Constantino Nery, 4611-5201, Flores, Manaus, AM, Brazil|
Description: Arena da Amazonia
Decision to build a new stadium in Amazon metropolis of Manaus was made in 2009, as the city was shortlisted to host the 2014 World Cup. It was the only city so deep Inland to be selected, raising controversy.
The stadium is located in the place of Estádio Vivaldo Lima (commonly named Vivaldao), the previously largest ground in Manaus. Though its official capacity upon closing was 31,000, record attendance stood at almost 60,000 people.
The new stadium was called Arena da Amazonia to create direct reference to the stadium’s location and identity. Along the concept by GMP Architekten the stadium’s outer shell was designed to resemble a typical Amazonian basket, which often have diagonal patterns. The stadium’s seating creates a yellow-orange mosaic to resemble fruits carried in the basket.
Though much simplified, the symbolism was implemented. Diagonal pattern is created by the steel roof trusses, which – apart from structural and aesthetic roles – also provide gutters to collect the daily rainfall. Between the steel frame 252 fiberglass sheets were mounted, forming larger diamond-shaped near the basis and smaller on the roof.
Inside there’s room for 45,500 seats, although the capacity has initially been reduced in order to run the 2014 World Cup.
The ground’s delivery caused some concerns as the initial deadline of July 2013 was missed by over half a year. Even on opening day in mid-February 2014 the arena was 3% from finish. Projected budget of R$ 499 million was also missed significantly as the project topped at R$ 669.5 million.
World Cup games:
|Phase||Game||Attendance||Date (local time)|
|Group D||England 1–2 Italy||39,800||14/06/2014 19:00|
|Group A||Cameroon 0–4 Croatia||39,982||18/06/2014 19:00|
|Group G||USA 2–2 Portugal||40,123||22/06/2014 19:00|
|Group E||Honduras 0–3 Switzerland||40,322||25/06/2014 17:00|
|14 goals / Avg: 3.5||Total: 160,227 / Avg: 40,057|
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: Arena da Amazonia operator displeased with FIFA
The list of damages is already over 100 pages long FIFA is responsible for them. Instead of handing over Arena da Amazonia in a fair state, the organisers returned it devastated.
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.
Brazil: Their World Cup is over, what now?
Contrary to many media outlets, we don’t find these Brazilian stadiums a result of vanity, even if the risk of becoming white elephants is real in all but one case. As group phase ends, four stadium bid farewell to the World Cup and have to move on. To what?
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?
Brazil: Manaus opened once more, once more not finished
Yesterday saw the first game at Arena da Amazonia, the stadium initially opened by president Dilma Rousseff in mid-February. Both occasions have one thing in common: works still haven’t finished.
New stadium: Arena da Amazonia
It was supposed to resemble a traditional fruit basket of the Amazon. Citizens were expected to verify this symbolism today, but opening plans had to be changed.