What are the biggest stadiums in Brazil?
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10. Albertão – Capacity: 44,200 Location: Teresina, Piauí, Brazil
It was built in 1973, and inaugurated on August 26 of that year. Eight people died during mass panic when the stadium’s inauguration, which broke out when a spectator shouted that the stadium was collapsing. In reality the vibrations felt were reportedly caused by a low-flying aircraft. Although the death toll in different official reports varies, it is generally accepted that this remains the worst disaster in the history of Brazilian football.
09. Estádio Olímpico do Pará – Capacity: 53,635 Location: Belém, Pará, Brazil.
On 23 February 2021, a general renovation and expansion of the stadium was announced by the state government. Some FIFA standard modifications would be implemented, besides the addition of a control center for the Video assistant referee.
08. Arena do Grêmio – Capacity: 55,225 Location: Porto Alegre, Brazil.
A mile from the international airport of Porto Alegre and alongside the road way, the stadium site appeared perfect to create a multifunctional urban center. The complex includes a Conference and Congress Center, hotel, a mall, housing, condominiums and parking. The arena itself intends to be functional year round.
The architectural firm PLARQ is responsible for the stadium projects design and concept and OAS is the general contractor.
07. Estádio Parque do Sabiá – Capacity: 53,350 Location: Uberlândia, Brazil
The stadium was inaugurated on May 27, 1982, as Parque do Sabiá (meaning Thrush’s Park).
In 1995, the stadium was renamed to Estádio Municipal João Havelange (João Havelange Municipal Stadium), after a suggestion of the city councilor Leonídio Bouças. However, the name change was not very popular among the city’s football fans, and the stadium is still commonly called the Parque do Sabiá.
06. Mundão do Arruda – Capacity: 60,044 Location: Recife, Brazil
The stadium was built in 1972 and is able to hold 60,044 spectators. Estádio do Arruda is owned by Santa Cruz Futebol Clube. The stadium is named after José do Rego Maciel, who was Recife’s mayor between 1952 and 1955.
05. Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto – Capacity: 62,160 Location: Belo Horizonte, Brazil
The record attendance of the stadium was 132,834 people in 1997 in Campeonato Mineiro final match between Cruzeiro and Villa Nova. The paying attendance was 74,857, and there were 56,618 women and children who entered for free. For safety reasons, the capacity of Mineirão has been reduced for the majority of its 40-year history. In 2004, by imposition of FIFA, the capacity of the stadium was reduced to 72,000 people.
04. Arena Castelão – Capacity: 63,903 Location: Fortaleza, Brazil
Castelão was one of the venues of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which took place in Brazil. The stadium was redeveloped for the tournament; the reconstruction project, led by Uruguayan architect Héctor Vigliecca, involved the addition of a larger roof, the construction of an underground car park with 4,200 spaces, and a new lower tier. After the redevelopment, the stadium now has an all-seater capacity of 63,903. The stadium closed on March 31, 2011 for the reconstruction project, which was officially completed in December 2012. Castelão was the first of 12 stadiums being built or redeveloped for the 2014 World Cup to be completed.
03. Estádio do Morumbi – Capacity: 72,039 Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil
The Morumbi was considered for the opening match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. However, on 14 June 2010 the stadium was excluded from hosting games in the tournament due to a failure to provide financial guarantees for the improvements needed to have it as an eligible venue. In the end of August 2010, the CBF announced that the new Corinthians stadium will host the matches in São Paulo. The stadium was modernized in order to be ready before the end of 2014.
Morumbi hosted the opening match of the 2019 Copa America.
02. Arena BRB Mané Garrincha – Capacity: 72,788 Location: Brasilia, Brazil
It was re-inaugurated on 18 May 2013, following renovations completed in preparation for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2014 FIFA World Cup. The original architect was Ícaro de Castro Mello. The project was completed at a cost of US$900 million, against an original budget of US$300 million, making the stadium the third-most expensive football stadium in the world after England’s Wembley Stadium and Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
01. Maracanã Stadium – Capacity: 78,838 Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The stadium was opened in 1950 to host the FIFA World Cup, in which Brazil was beaten 2–1 by Uruguay in the deciding game, in front of a still standing record attendance of 173,850 spectators, on 16 July 1950. The venue has seen attendances of 150,000 or more at 26 occasions and has seen crowds of more than 100,000 284 times. But as terraced sections have been replaced with seats over time, and after the renovation for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, its original capacity has been reduced to the current 78,838, but it remains the largest stadium in Brazil and the third largest in South America after Estadio Monumental in Peru. Fluminense and Flamengo still own the all-time club record attendence, with 194.603 spectators supporting its clubs in the world famous Fla–Flu derby.
The stadium is mainly used for football matches between the major football clubs in Rio de Janeiro, including Fluminense, Flamengo, Botafogo, and Vasco da Gama. It has also hosted a number of concerts and other sporting events. It was the main venue of the 2007 Pan American Games, hosting the football tournament and the opening and closing ceremonies. The Maracanã was partially rebuilt in preparation for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, and the 2014 World Cup, for which it hosted several matches, including the final. It also served as the venue for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics, with the main track and field events taking place at the Estádio Olímpico. The stadium was also chosen to host the 2020 and 2023 Copa Libertadores finals.