Arena Pernambuco

Capacity42 610
CitySão Lourenço da Mata
ClubsClube Náutico Capibaribe
Inauguration 20.05.2013
First game 22.05.2013 (Clube Náutico Capibaribe - Sporting Clube de Portugal)
Construction 08.2010 - 06.2013
Cost R$ 650 million
Design Fernandes Arquitetos Associados
Contractor Odebrecht


Arena Pernambuco – tournament stadium description

Works in western outskirts of Recife began in August 2010 and the new stadium delivered very late (not even two weeks ahead of the 2013 Confederations Cup) isn't the only outcome of the project.

Quite the opposite – football is just the beginning as this place is expected to be transformed into a prosperous district called 'Cidade da Copa' (Cup City). However, the R$ 532 million (€203m / $261m) football venue is the first phase, while other will follow until 2024, covering a massive 240 hectares. The 2-tiered stands are very compact and steep, allowing for rather modest roof to still cover most viewers from the elements.

The visual side was carried out by Daniel Fernandes's team, who decided to form an interesting contrast of soft and light EFTE panels on the facades and heavy and sharp concrete ramps in the corners of the venue. As for the inside, red seating is said to be homage to the entire state's largest teams, Nautico, Sport and Santa Cruz, all of which have red in their coat of arms.

Under the cladding and seats are 6 floors of space that may be used for a variety of purposes, with 800 covered parking spots covering some of the area. Outside there are also over 4,700 uncovered parking spaces nearby. The stadium is equipped with systems of effective waste management, rain water collecting and solar power utilisation. All these features are to provide a sustainable legacy.

World Cup games:

PhaseGameAttendanceDate (local time)
 Group C   Ivory Coast 2–0 Japan   40,267  14/06/2014 22:00 
 Group D   Italy 0–1 Costa Rica   40,285  20/06/2014 13:00 
 Group A   Croatia 1–3 Mexico   41,212 23/06/2014 17:00
 Group G   USA 0–1 Germany   41,876 26/06/2014 13:00
 Round of 16   Costa Rica 1–1 (5-3p) Greece   41,242  29/06/2014 17:00 
   Brazuca 10 goals / Avg: 2 Total: 204,882 / Avg: 40,976


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