2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: What are the host venues?
From the Amazon all the way to the Guaiba River further south, 12 stadiums throughout Brazil will host matches at next summer’s World Cup.
1. Arena De Sao Paulo, located in the heart of Sao Paulo
Total Capacity of the stadium is 68, 807 and is about 269 miles away from Rio.
This stadium will officially represent Sao Paulo city during the World Cup, and will play home to Sao Paulo FC. There are some 20000 seats which are temporary, and these will be removed after the tournament.
2. Estadio Mineirao, located in Belo Horizonte
Total Capacity of the stadium is 62, 547 and is located at 278 miles from Rio.
Located between the Sao Paulo Mountains and Rio, this stadium will play host to the following fixtures: Colombia versus Greece; Argentina versus Iran; Costa Rica versus England; Belgium versus Algeria; Group A Winner versus Group B Runner up; First Quarter Final Winner versus Second Quarter final Winner.
The stadium took 3 years to construct and cost (£220m) to give it a new look. The stadium is a monument of national level, so the roof and facade will be preserved.
3. Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza
Will have capacity of 64, 846
About 1,617 miles from Rio
This stadium will play host to the following fixtures: Uruguay versus Costa Rica; Brazil versus Mexico; Germany versus Ghana; Greece versus Ivory Coast; Group B Winner versus Group A Runner up; Quarter Final Second Round – 1 Winner versus Winner Second round- 2.
Estadio Castelao was renovated and completed well on time in-line with the set budget making it the first World Cup stadium to be declared ready. It cost £ 167m to construct.
4. Estadio Do Maracana, located in Rio de Janeiro
Has a capacity of 76,804
This stadium will play host to the following fixtures: Argentina versus Bosnia & Herzegovina; Spain versus Chile; Belgium versus Russia; Ecuador versus France; Group C Winners versus Group D Runners up; Quarter Final, Second round -5 Winner versus Second round- 6 Winner.
Renovations on this iconic stadium were completed just before the 2013 Confederations Cup held last summer. Due to strikes, the stadium was a bit later, but later completed hastily. The test event was a match pitting ‘friends of Ronaldo’ versus ‘friends of Bebeto’.
5. Estadio Nacional, located Brasilia
Has a capacity of 68,009
This stadium will play host to the following fixtures: Colombia versus Ivory Coast; Cameroon versus Brazil; Portugal versus Ghana; Group E Winner versus Group F Runner up; Second round -7 Winner versus Second round -8 Winner; Third place play-off.
About 724 miles from Rio
Construction of this stadium underwent several financial issues, and the cost surpassed its allocated budget. The final cost was £385m placing it as the highest fetching venue.
6. Arena Pernambuco, located in Recife
Has a capacity of 44,248
This stadium will play host to the following fixtures: Ivory Coast versus Japan; Italy versus Costa Rica; Croatia versus Mexico; United States versus Germany; Group D Winner versus Group C Runner up.
About 1426 miles from Rio
This is one of the World Cup’s brand new venues. Built in the economically starved area of Recife, it will form a residential development and leisure complex set to play a pivotal role in the regeneration of the local economy.
7. Arena Fonte Nova, located in Salvado
Has a capacity of 48,747
About 1008 miles from Rio
This stadium will play host to the following fixtures: Spain versus Holland; Germany versus Portugal; Switzerland versus France; Bosnia & Herzegovina versus Iran; Group H Winner versus Group G Runner up; Second round -3 Winner versus Second round- 4 Winner .
Arena Fonte was created using 92% rubble from the demolition from its predecessor to bring up a new venue. This stadium was the third World Cup venue to be completed, taking 32 months to construct. Construction cost £200m
8. Estadio Pantanal, located in Cuiaba
Has a capacity of 42,968
About 1201 miles from Rio
This stadium will play host to the following fixtures: Chile versus Australia; Russia versus South Korea; Nigeria versus Bosnia & Herzegovina; Japan versus Colombia.
Once the World Cup is over, the stadium will be reduced in size and will be used for an array of activities. It will be used to host business conventions, local events, clubs and football tenants.
9. Estadio Da Baixada, in Curitiba
Capacity of 41,456
About 523 miles from Rio
This stadium will play host to the following fixtures: France versus Nigeria; Honduras versus Ecuador; Australia versus Spain; Algeria versus Russia.
Home ground to Atletico Paranaense, the stadium was initially built in 1914, and will have extra seats added on both sides to increase the capacity to 40,000 for the spectacle.
10. Estadio Amazonia, located in Manaus
Has a capacity of 42,374
About 2659 miles from Rio
This stadium will play host to the following fixtures: England versus Italy; Cameroon versus Croatia; United States versus Portugal; Honduras versus Switzerland.
The stadium was built using an intricate steel structure that encompasses the entire pitch like a woven basket. 95% of the old demolished material from the previous stadium will be recycled.
11. Estadio Das Dunas, located in Natal
Capacity of 42,086
About 1612 miles from Rio
This stadium will play host to the following fixtures: Mexico versus Cameroon; Ghana versus United States; Japan versus Greece; Italy versus Uruguay.
The original stadium, Machadao was demolished back in 2011 in order to pave way for the construction of the new Estadio Dunas. Construction work began in 2012, and the structure was designed in imitation of sand dunes. Construction was carried out by teams that worked day and night, and it made it in time for the December deadline set by FIFA.
12. Estadio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre
Has a capacity of 48,849
About 982 miles from Rio
This stadium will play host to the following fixtures: France versus Honduras; Australia versus Holland; South Korea versus Algeria; Nigeria versus Argentina; Group G Winner versus Group H Runner up.
This stands as the largest stadium located in southern Brazil. It was initially built in the year 1969, and acts as Internacional’s home venue. It under-went extensive renovations, with a roof being added, more parking lots, and the bottom tier seating placed nearer to the playing pitch. This was done to create more room for additional seats, and to increase their capacity to beyond 48,000.