World Cup Venues

World Cup Venues

Brazil have not hosted the football World Cup since 1950, but the South American country will be pulling out all the stops for the 2014 World Cup as they build a plethora of state-of-the-art stadia to welcome the footballing world.

To go alongside some of the legendary venues already built in the country there will be some brand new venues to provide spectators and players alike the amphitheatre they deserve for the magnificent footballing extravaganza.

Belo Horizonte - Estadio Mineirao

One of the largest stadia in Brazil the Estadio Mineirao has a capacity of around 70,000 and is being newly-renovated for the 2014 World Cup.  Home to Atletico Mineiro and Cruzeiro it has also been selected as a venue for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Brasilia - Estadio Nacional

Built in 1974, the Estadio Nacional is another venue that is been developed for the World Cup as its capacity will rise from around 42,000 to 71,500.  Home to Brasilia Futebol Clube the Estadio Nacional had originally be named after Brazilian football legend Garrincha, but was changed to its current name in 2010.

Cuiaba - Arena Pantanal

The Arena Pantanal will be one of Brazil's new venues for the World Cup and will replace the current Verdao Stadium.  A multi-use stadium the Arena Pantanal will have a capacity of around 42,500 come the World Cup and is due to be finished in December 2012.

Curitiba - Arena Da Baixada

One of Brazil's older venues the Arena Da Baixada was opened in 1914 and will be one of the smaller venues at the 2014 football World Cup.  Home to Atletico Paranaense it will have a capacity of 41,375 following renovation work.

Fortaleza - Estadio Castelao

Originally opened in 1973 the Estadio Castelao underwent renovation in 2002 to enhance capacity and it will gain yet more redevelopments to make it into one of Brazil's top World Cup venues.  Following the new enhancements it will become an all-seater stadium with a capacity off 66,700.

Manaus - Arena Amazonia

The Arena Amazonia will be built on the site of the Vivaldo Stadium and will be yet another new stadium built specially for the 2014 World Cup.  Follwing the ground's completion it will be an all-seater stadium with a capacity of 42,618 that will be used for both the World Cup in 2014 and the 2013 Confederations Cup.

Natal - Estadio Das Dunas

Another new addition to the Brazilian stadia network for the 2014 World Cup, the Estadio Das Dunas will be built on the previous Machadao site and will have a capacity of 45,000 and will have an artificial lake round the outskirts of the arena.

Porto Alegre - Estadio Beira-Rio

Built in 1959 the Estadio Beira-Rio sits beside the Guaiba River and is home to Sports Club International.  One of the bigger World Cup venues it will have a capacity of 62,000 following renovations and redevelopments that will take place prior to the 2014 World Cup getting under way.

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Recife - Arena Pernambuco

A new bespoke stadium for the 2014 World Cup, the Arena Pernambuco is situated in Northern Brazil and once the development has finished the arena will have a capacity of 46,100.

Rio De Janeiro - Estadio Do Maracana

The most famous stadium in Brazil the Estadio Do Maracana hosted the 1950 World Cup Final between Brazil and Uruguay and yet again it will hold the 2014 World Cup Final.  The biggest stadium in the whole of South America, the Maracana is an open-air stadium which will be developed and renovated into a 90,000 capacity.

Salvador - Arena Fonte Nova

The Arena Fonte Nova will be yet another new stadium Brazil will have to offer for the 2014 World Cup built in place of the older Estadio Fonte Nova.  Being used solely for football it will have a capacity of 55,000 and will also be a venue for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Sao Paulo - Arena De Sao Paulo (Morumbi Stadium)

The Arena De Sao Paulo or Morumbi is one of the older venues at the 2014 World Cup, but will be one of the largest on show with a capacity of 65,000 following new redevelopments at the ground.