To get you in the mood for the next stage of the world cup, some of our experts, that worked on them, have provided us with some rather spectacular pictures of the stadiums. All across Brazil these marvels of architecture stand proud in sea of die-hard football fans, from all around the world, and political controversy. None the less, we can't help but admire the astounding work that have gone into these stadiums and that these stadiums were completed on time, despite hearsay, in order to host the worlds largest sporting event.
The Arena Das Dunas in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, which hosted four group stage matches during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, has been inaugurated by President Dilma Rousseff herself.
The world’s leading sports architecture practice, Populous, designed arena Das Dunas including the landscape and master plan of the surrounding areas. The venue, which was inspired by the coastal city of Natal’s sand dune landscape, has a capacity of 42,000 with 10,600 removable seats.
Built by German architects, the arena was finished this year, after the controversial collapse of part of its roof, under heavy rain, but originally completed in 2013. That didn't stop them from completing a quite frankly amazing piece of architectural work. Able to seat 55,000 and sat on the waters edge at Salvador, Bahia, this stadium will be a footballing spectacle for years to come.
Beira-Rio stadium has been home for Sport Club Internacional since 1969. Construction began in 1961, reclaiming land on Lake Guaiba to create the site where the stadium would be built. The renovation project started in November of 2006. Beira-Rio stadium opened again in April 6th 2014, exactly 45 years after its original opening -and doesn't it look amazing.
The Estádio Plácido Aderaldo Castelo, also known as 'Castelão', was inaugurated on November 1973 in Ceará, Brazil. The stadium can support a maximum capacity of 67,037 people and it still looks the part, even to this day.
After winning the 1950 FIFA hosting rights for the world cup, the Brazilian government built this stadium for the competition. Since then the stadium has been in constant use. For the world cup, a major reconstruction project set into action. Largely, the seating situation was entirely renewed and reworked exterior projects have made the stadium what it is today.
Situated in the capital, this architectural masterpiece, in Brasilia, can hold around 70,000 people. Construction work started in 1974, making the stadium an impressive 40 years old. In 2010 the stadium underwent major reconstruction work in order to host the world cup games -in fact the structure was largely demolished- and came to completion this year. The stadium is named after Brazilian football legend Mané Garrincha, who was a member of the winning 1958 and 1962 national teams.
The stadium was built as a completely new one to host the world cup. Located in São Lourenço da Mata, the stadium can seat 46,000 people. One unique element of the stadium in its self sufficiency: the solar plant within the area generates 1MW of power -enough to support 6,000 people! Wow.
Situated in Manaus, this stadium has been built on the former ground of the Vivaldão stadium and can seat 41,000 fans! An impressive fact about this stadium (other than how it looks, of course) is that it used 95% of the stadiums construction materials were recycled from the old one it was built on top of! Many have made complaints as to the extreme heat of the area and to its suitability to support football on an international stage, however after all four matches that were played in it, for the world cup, nothing notable (concerning this issue) occurred.
Home club of Brazilian side Atlético Paranaense, this stadium's history is long and slightly confused. Originally constructed in 1934, the stadium operated without major issue until 1970, when it was closed. Following this a 14 year gap bridged its closed status until 1984, when it became operational again until 1997, when it was demolished. After the stadiums re-construction was commissioned in 1999, the stadium you see above was completed in 2005 and can now sit 40,000 die hard fans.
This is the new multi-purpose stadium, in Cuiabá, that was completed just in April of this year. The stadium seats more than than 41,000 people and really looks the part. What a fantastic and singular looking piece of architectural work it is too, despite critics claiming it would not be ready to host its four world cup matches.
Inaugurated in 1965, and designed by Eduardo Mendes Guimarães Júnior and Gaspar Garreto, the Mineirãro was the second largest stadium in the world. It’s located near to the Pampulha Lagoon, close to Oscar Niemeyer’s and Burle Marx's seminal work, and is part of Belo Horizonte’s main postcard scene.
When Brazil won the World Cup hosting rights, the stadium was cleared to undergo large redevelopment. Refurbished were the bottom tier and an extension to the roof. The restoration took 3 years and was finally completed in 2012. The first match to be played at the New Mineirão was in 2013 and was between Atlético and Cruzeiro.
For some more amazing architectural projects, take a look at the work of Jürgen Mayer H.