|Clubs||Mixto EC, Cuiabá EC|
|Inauguration||02/04/2014 (Mixto - Santos, 0-0)|
|Renovations||26/05/2010 - 2014|
|Contractor||Santa Barbara / Mendes Júnior|
|Address||Avenida Agrícola Paes de Barros - Verdão, Cuiabá - MT, 78030-210, Brasil|
Description: Arena Pantanal
The project in western Cuiaba was launched in the spring of 2010, when demolition of the outdated Verdão began. Early groundbreaking was expected to result with delivery already in 2012, long before the 2014 World Cup, for which the stadium was commissioned. However, late shipments, accidents and payment deadlocks led to immense delays. In fact, the stadium wasn’t completely finished in time for the 2014 FIFA event, despite efforts by 1,800 workers on site.
First games, treated as test-events ahead of the summer tournament, showed one more issue: lack of demand for such a big stadium. This problem was raised and addressed before works even began and GCP Arquitetos created demountable upper stands on both ends. Legacy use may therefore include dismantling some sections and reducing size by up to 18,000 seats.
The design also includes local weather conditions, assuring increased natural ventilation through open corners and openwork external wrap. Initial plan allowed to even place gardens inside the stadium, but that idea didn’t come to fruition.
Along with growing delays, the project’s budget also grew a lot. While early estimates gave the cost at R$342 million, the final budget went up to R$646 million, of which roughly 60% were provided by federal government and the remainder covered by the city.
Early declarations depicted the stadium as future home for numerous clubs, but upon opening only two were considered tenants for Arena Pantanal: Mixto and Cuiaba EC. Although the lack of strong anchor tenant was controversial, the stadium was built to host diverse events and already when opened allowed Cuiaba to be part of both the World Cup and 2016 Olympics.
World Cup games:
|Phase||Game||Attendance||Date (local time)|
|Group B||Chile 3–1 Australia||40,275||13/06/2014 18:00|
|Group H||Russia 1–1 South Korea||37,603||17/06/2014 18:00|
|Group F||Nigeria 1–0 Bosnia and Herzegovina||40,499||21/06/2014 18:00|
|Group C||Japan 1–4 Colombia||40,340||24/06/2014 16:00|
|12 goals / Avg: 3||Total: 158,717 / Avg: 39,679|
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 closed for urgent repairs
The list of problems at Arena Pantanal is so long that the stadium had to be urgently closed for repair works. Water pouring through ceilings, systems not working properly and significant damages require attention from the general contractor.
Brazil: White elephant? Quite the opposite!
Both domestically and internationally this stadium was sentenced to a life of empty stands and mediocre event calendar. That’s not the case as Arena Pantanal hosts more than one game a week.
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?
New stadium: Arena Pantanal
This is the very last new stadium we’re adding ahead of the World Cup. Why so late? Well, it’s late itself and there’s been little quality material since FIFA took over at the site.