Estadio Nacional de Brasilia

Capacity69 349
CountryBrazil
CityBrasilia
ClubsBrasília FC
Inauguratiion 18.05.2013 (Brasiliense - Brasília 3-0)
Construction 05.05.2010 - 06.2013
Cost R$ 1.4 billion
Design Castro Mello Architects
Contractor Andrade Gutierrez

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Description: Estádio Nacional

Completely new national stadium was planned at the heart of Brasilia, replacing the dated Mane Garrincha Stadium. Initial plans saw the old stadium’s main grandstand reused in the new seating bowl, but eventually nothing was left of the predecessor.

Interestingly, authors of the design include son and grandson of the previous stadium’s creator, making this place ‘run in the family’ of Castro Mello architects.

The design sees a raw stadium without much decoration, simple and monumental like Brasilia itself. Though football-specific and rectangular inside, its outer form is circular without any cladding, but a forest of slender roof supports creating an open-air feeling.

Construction was launched in May 2010 and ended with a slight delay in mid-2013. Though delivered well before the 2014 World Cup, the stadium was feared not to be ready in time for the Confederations Cup in 2013. In the end it hosted the tournament without major problems, however large protests were seen around the stadium as it was the most expensive project for the FIFA tournament.

With its special role to Brazil, the stadium was selected to hold seven games, including quarterfinal and the third place game.

Controversy surrounded FIFA’s decision to cut the ‘Mane Garrincha’ tribute out of the stadium’s name. The football body claimed it was naming rights-alike.

World Cup games:

PhaseGameAttendanceDate (local time)
 Group E   Switzerland 2–1 Ecuador   68,351 15/06/2014 18:00 
 Group C   Colombia 2–1 Ivory Coast 
68,748  19/06/2014 18:00 
 Group A   Cameroon 1–4 Brazil 
69,112 23/06/2014 22:00
 Group G   Portugal 2–1 Ghana   67,540 26/06/2014 18:00
 Round of 16   France 2–0 Nigeria   67,882  30/06/2014 18:00 
 Quarterfinal   Argentina 1–0 Belgium   68,551  05/07/2014 18:00 
 3rd Place   Brazil 0-3 Netherlands   68,034 12/07/2014 22:00
   Brazuca 20 goals / Avg: 2.85 per game Total: 478,218 / Avg: 68,317

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