Arena de Sao Paulo
|Clubs||SC Corinthians Paulista|
|Opening game||18/05/2014 (Corinthians - Figueirense, 0-1)|
|Construction||05/2011 - ?|
|Cost||BRL 920-950 million|
|Address||Av. Miguel Inácio Curi, 111, Vila Carmosina, 08295-005 São Paulo|
Description: Neo Química Arena
Corinthians had been attempting to build a new stadium since late twentieth century, but their four consecutive designs had to be were dropped without going forward. It wasn’t until Brazil was awarded the hosting of 2014 World Cup that the chance became real. Despite FIFA first agreeing on much larger but outdated Morumbi, it was later approved that a new stadium should be built. Shifting from the first one to a new Corinthians stadium was subject to controversy.
Preparatory works at the hills of Itaquera, eastern district with railway depots around, began in May 2011. Already then the stadium was considered at risk of missing delivery deadlines. Financial deadlock and two tragic accidents later on led to massive delays, in excess of 6 months. As a result, despite three test-events in May 2014, the stadium was left unfinished for the 2014 World Cup.
Designed by CDC Arquitetos, the stadium also presented arguable aesthetics and functionality of some features, causing debate before groundbreaking. The sharp, angular form was sometimes criticized, while the roof, hanging over 30 meters over both end stands, turned out ineffective in protecting some of the spectators from elements.
However, the original design made the stadium stand out among all others built for the tournament and in fact among stadiums built around the world. Measuring 267x228x43 meters, the stadium is covered in white cladding – in the west its nontransparent glass, in the east it’s a system of blinds with 3,100sqm LED screen integrated into it, while the remainder is covered with composites.
Both end stands were left with only one tier and the high roof left a lot of room for expansion. This was used for the World Cup, allowing to add over 20,000 temporary seats. At peak the stands have 9 floors that comprise 3 floors of underground parking, hospitality spaces for up to 10,000 people, club offices, convention centre and all the press infrastructure required. The west grandstand offers 4 large suites (81-84 people) and 85 smaller skyboxes (12-27 people).
The project is considered project, with the majority financed by Corinthians. However, serious allegations accompanied the preferential conditions of crediting by the public sector. Early estimates suggested it would consume roughly R$ 820 million, of which 400 million would be federal funding. Final cost isn’t known yet, but is considered to be nearing R$ 1 billion.
Apart from Corinthians games and the 2014 World Cup the stadium was also selected for football part of the 2016 Olympics, also being designed to hold other entertainment events.
World Cup games:
|Phase||Game||Attendance||Date (local time)|
|Group A||Brazil 3–1 Croatia||62,103||12/06/2014 16:00|
|Group D||Uruguay 2–1 England||62,575||19/06/2014 16:00|
|Group B||Netherlands 2–0 Chile||62,996||23/06/2014 13:00|
|Group G||South Korea 0–1 Belgium||61,397||26/06/2014 17:00|
|Round of 16|| Argentina 1–0 Switzerland
|Semifinal||Netherlands 0–0 (2-4p) Argentina||63,267||09/07/2014 17:00|
|11 goals / Avg. 1.83||Total: 375,594 Avg: 62,599|
Sao Paulo: Finally, Corinthians celebrate naming rights deal
It wasn't until 6 years after completion of the troubled Sao Paulo stadium that its name has been commercialised. Starting now Corinthians will play at Neo Química Arena for the next 20 years.
Sao Paulo: Lucky them for not hosting the World Cup
The prestige of FIFA World Cup led to many new stadiums in Brazil, which now hardly have a stable future. Corinthians are burried in debt after hosting the opening game. Meanwhile FC São Paulo can be relieved that their stadium was dropped from the list.
Sao Paulo: Arena Corinthians still not in best shape
Three years after the World Cup there are areas still not complete, while commercial spaces aren't leased yet. Few non-sporting events take place. The list of challenges ahead of Arena Corinthians is long.
Sao Paulo: Painful early years for Arena Corinthians
It’s been 2.5 years since the 2014 World Cup opening venue began its operation. And still it’s not finished, nor does it have a naming rights partner or manages to sell the business seats.
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: Corruption mars stadiums of 2014 World Cup
Shocking news came from Brazil, where newly-built stadiums might be part of a greater corruption scandal. Arena Corinthians already is and new information about its construction have surfaced.
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.
Sao Paulo: Temporary stands dismantling begins
For the opening game stadium the World Cup is over. Starting Thursday, capacity of the stadium will be down to 48,000, while dismantling of the temporary stands should last until November.
Report: How much did Brazil spend on World Cup stadiums?
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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?
Sao Paulo: Test passed, spectacular opening
Organisers gave a clear answer: even if at the last minute, they’re ready. Despite protests and overly-repressive reaction of security forces the evening will most likely be remembered for the 3:1 victory by most Brazilians.
Sao Paulo: Intense countdown to World Cup opening
Most desired scenario: everything goes well, the game is great and matchday experience for those inside at least enjoyable. But until today evening, work is still in full swing to get the stadium ready.
Sao Paulo: Another test below expectations
FIFA specifically ordered a further test game for Arena Corinthians to assure at least one game with all stands opened will be played. But once more only 40,000 people were allowed inside yesterday.
Sao Paulo: Bitter opening of Arena Corinthians
It’s not the first and surely not last stadium opened before works end. But this one is in the global spotlight as opening venue of the World Cup in 24 days. Yesterday it saw its last, 8th test event.