FIFA World Cup 2014 – Overview of 12 Host Stadiums

Fifa World Cup 2014

Being stated as the unchallenged host for the FIFA Tournament in 2007, Brazil has once again been selected to be the venue for the FIFA World Cup 2014! The matches of FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil will be played among 12 prominent stadiums across the country. Brazil is all set to host the excitement and madness of FIFA 2014. Let us take a view of 12 Stadiums that are included in this List of Stadiums for the 2014 World Cup.

1. Arena De Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo

The opening match of FIFA 2014, Brazil will be held in this brand new stadium. Long back in 1978, the Corinthians were granted permission to build a stadium for themselves. The construction of this enormous stadium that has the capacity of 65,807 seats (including 20,000 seats) was begun in 2010. This Stadium is situated on a plateau at the southeast, close to the Atlantic Coast and is just about 269 miles from Rio.
The matches that will be hosted here on the respective dates are as follows:
12 June: Brazil vs Croatia, 21:00
19 June: Uruguay vs England, 20:00
23 June: Netherlands vs Chile, 17:00
26 June: South Korea vs Belgium, 21:00
1 July: Second Round, Winner Group F vs Runner Up Group E, 17:00
9 July: Semi Final, Winner Quarter Final 3 vs Winner Quarter Final 4, 21:00

2. Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte

This, historic stadium in Belo Horizonte is listed among the national monuments in Brazil was first opened in 1965 and renovated and reopened in 2013. A huge amount of time and money, i.e. about 3 years and about 695 million Brazilian reais were spent during the entire renovation process of this stadium. The pitch was lowered by 3.4m by removing the running track and a new set of seats were added in this area, making the total seating capacity to be 62,547. Surround by a mountainous region and inland from Rio and Sao Paulo, Estadio Mineirao is just 278 miles away from Rio.
The schedule of the matches that would be held in this stadium is as follows:
14 June: Columbia vs Greece, 17:00
17 June: Belgium vs Algeria, 17:00
21 June: Argentina vs Iran, 17:00
24 June: Costa Rica vs England, 17:00
28 June: Second Round, Winner Group A vs Runner up Group B, 17:00
8 July: Semi Final, Winner Quarter Final 1 vs Quarter Final 2, 21:00

3. Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza

Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza was recently renovated and was declared to be the first venue to be ready for FIFA World Cup 2014. Located in the city of beaches on the north east coast of Brazil, this stadium has the capacity of around 64,846 seats. This Stadium is about 1,617 miles away from Rio.
The schedule of the matches that would be held in this stadium is as follows:
14 June: Uruguay vs Costa Rica, 20:00
17 June: Brazil vs Mexico, 20:00
21 June: Germany vs Ghana, 20:00
24 June: Greece vs Ivory Coast, 21:00
29 June: Second Round, Winner Group B vs Runner up Group A, 17:00
4 July: Quarter Final, Winner Second Round 1 vs Winner Second Round 2, 21:00

4. Estadio Do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro

This iconic stadium, that first came into being in 1950, was renovated and completed right in time for the Confederations Cup in June 2013. Like the Arena De Sao Paulo, this too is situated on the Atlantic Coast and is closer to the Tropic of Capricorn. The Estadio Do Maracana has a seating capacity of 76,804. This is the highest that we have seen until now.
The schedule of the matches that would be held in this stadium is as follows:
15 June: Argentina vs Bosnia-Hercegovina, 23:00
18 June: Spain vs Chille, 20:00
22 June: Belgium vs Russia, 17:00
25 June: Equador vs France, 21:00
28 June: Second Group, Winner Group C vs Runner up Group D, 21:00
4 July: Quarter Final, Winner Second Round 5 vs Winner Second Round 6, 17:00
13 July: World Cup Final, 20:00

5. Estadio Nacional, Brasilia

This stadium at Brasilia, was Opened in the year 1974, after which it was renovated and reopened in May 2013. This stadium is located in the capital of Brazil in the central highlands. Built with the capacity of 68,009 seats, it is approximately 724 miles away from Rio.
The schedule of the matches that would be held in this stadium is as follows:
15 June: Switzerland vs Equador, 17:00
19 June: Colombia vs Ivory Coast, 17:00
23 June: Cameroon vs Brazil, 21:00
26 June: Portugal vs Ghana, 17:00
30 June: Second Round, Winner Group E vs Runner up Group F, 17:00
5 July: Quarter Final, Winner Second Round 7 vs Winner Second Round 8, 17:00
12 July: Third Place Match, 21:00

6. Arena Pernambuca, Recife

This brand new stadium was recently built and opened in May 2013 in the outskirts of Recife. The enormous structure that has the capacity of 44, 248 seats is constructed in an economically deprived area and said to be a catalyst for local regeneration. The Arena Pernambuca is situated on the Atlantic Coast on the east of Brazil and is close to the equator and is among the tropical forests.
The schedule of the matches that would be held in this stadium is as follows:
15 June: Ivory Coast vs Japan, 02:00
20 June: Italy vs Costa Rica, 17:00
23 June: Croatia vs Mexico, 21:00
26 June: United States vs Germany, 17:00
29 June: Second Round, Winner Group D vs Runner up Group C, 21:00

7. Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador

This Stadium is a reconstruction of a demolished stadium that was first opened in 1951. 92% of the debris of the old structure were reused in constructing the brand new stadium that reopened in April 2013. Designed with an architecture that boosts air circulation, this stadium has a seating capacity of 48,747. It is built in the largest city on the north east coast of Brazil and is about 1,008 miles away from Rio.
The schedule of the matches that would be held in this stadium is as follows:
13 June: Spain vs Netherlands, 20:00
16 June: Germany vs Portugal, 17:00
20 June: Switzerland vs France, 20:00
25 June: Bosnia-Hercegovina vs Iran, 17:00
1 July: Second-round, Winner Group H vs Runner-up Group G, 21:00
5 July: Quarter-final, Winner Second-round 3 vs Winner Second-round 4, 21:00

8. Estadio Pantanal, Cuiaba

This stadium was constructed to complement the biodiversity of Patanal. It was constructed using certified wood and recycled construction material. It is built up with the capacity of 42,968 seats and is situated right in the center of South America and very close to the Bolivian Border. The distance between Rio and this Stadium is 1,201 miles.
The schedule of the matches that would be held in this stadium is as follows:
13 June: Chile vs Australia, 23:00
17 June: Russia vs South Korea, 23:00
21 June: Nigeria vs Bosnia-Hercegovina, 23:00
24 June: Japan vs Colombia, 21:00

9. Estadio Da Baixada, Curitiba

Originally constructed in 1914 can be said to be the oldest stadiums among the venues selected this year. It is now reconstructed with extra rows of seats added on two sides. This has made the stadium’s total seating capacity to be 41, 456. It is about 523 miles from Rico situated in the South of Sao Paulo.
The schedule of the matches that would be held in this stadium is as follows:
16 June: Iran vs Nigeria, 20:00
20 June: Honduras v Ecuador, 23:00
23 June: Australia v Spain, 17:00
26 June: Algeria v Russia, 21:00

10. Estadio Amazonia, Manaus

The Estadio Das Dunas is a new stadium that has been constructed in a place where the Machadao Stadium once existed and was later demolished in 2011. Natal being the state capital nearest to Africa and Europe is situated between Fortaleza and Recife on the north east coastline. It is about 1,612 miles away from Rio.
The schedule of the matches that would be held in this stadium is as follows:
13 June: Mexico vs Cameroon, 17:00
16 June: Ghana vs United States, 23:00
19 June: Japan vs Greece, 23:00
24 June: Italy vs Uruguay, 17:00

12. Estadio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre

This is the largest stadium situated in the south of Brazil and was first constructed in the year 1969. It has now been renovated by adding a roof to it. It is situated in the farthest south among all the host cities of FIFA World Cup 2014. It is about 982 miles away from Rio.

The schedule of the matches that would be held in this stadium is as follows:
15 June: France vs Honduras, 20:00
18 June: Australia vs Netherlands, 17:00
22 June: South Korea vs Algeria, 20:00
25 June: Nigeria vs Argentina, 17:00
30 June: Second-round, Winner Group G vs Runner-up Group H, 21:00.

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