Arena Fonte Nova
|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 + Partner Architekten|
Arena Fonte Nova – tournament stadium description
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.
World Cup games:
|Phase||Game||Attendance||Date (local time)|
|Group B||Spain 1–5 Netherlands||48,173||13/06/2014 16:00|
|Group G||Germany 4–0 Portugal||51,081||16/06/2014 13:00|
|Group E||Switzerland 1–2 France||51,003||20/06/2014 16:00|
|Group F||Bosnia and Herzegovina 3–1 Iran||48,011||25/06/2014 13:00|
|Round of 16||Belgium 2–1 USA||51,227||01/07/2014 17:00|
|Quarterfinal||Netherlands 0–0 (4-3p) Costa Rica||51,179||05/07/2014 17:00|
|24 goals / Avg: 4||Total: 300,674 / Avg: 50,112|
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: World Cup stadium in Salvador abandoned by key tenant?
After two years of tenancy EC Bahia announced relocation from Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova. The club argue no offer of the operator actually valued the anchor tenants.
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.
Interview: Keeping Brazilian stadium tradition alive
Arena Fonte Nova ends its World Cup hosting tonight, but its lifespan has only just begun. Here’s our interview with Claas Schulitz, the man behind a legend reborn in Salvador.
Brazil: Noble prank by Italian performer
Yesterday’s Belgium – USA game was stopped for a moment by Mario Ferri, Italian pitch invader who didn’t mind his stadium ban until 2018. But aside of his moment of fame, he also spent the time to spread awareness.
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?
Nomination: Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova
Glorious history behind, bright future ahead – this can be said about the new Fonte Nova. Of course there are murky episodes too, but no fascinating story would be full without those.
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: Human error responsible for Fonte Nova accident
Stadium managing group released a statement in which they blame erroneous installation of the roof membrane for the Monday accident. Repairs are already ongoing and Arena Fonte Nova is to be safe for 2013 Confederations Cup.
Brazil: Rain ripped Fonte Nova's roof
One of the membrane sheets spanning over the stands in Salvador gave way under the weight of water gathering on it. Similar accident was prevented from happening at another segment of the roof, BBC reports.
Opinion: Ban caxirolas now, save the World Cup
Tomorrow's Copa Bahia final will see caxirolas (official 'instrument' of 2014 World Cup) banned more than a year before the tournament starts. Brazilian sports minister says it's bad news, but we beg to differ!
Brazil: Sports minister afraid fans will be priced out after 2014 World Cup
New stadia brought new ticket prices and a new problem for Brazilian fans. Cheapest tickets for some games already cost more than in most European leagues and situation may get worse. The government is concerned about gentrification threat, Reuters reports.
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.
New presentations: Fonte Nova from 1951 to 2013!
The old stadium had seen some great games of 100,000+ spectators, but it was also the place of a tragic accident in 2007. Closed right afterwards it is now completely rebuilt and again able to hold beautiful football. First game tomorrow!