Arena Pantanal

Built for the Copa

Arena Pantanal is a brand new stadium built exclusively for the purpose of hosting the World Cup. It will replace the Estádio Governador José Fragelli, usually known as Verdão. The Verdão was demolished in 2010 to make way for the new stadium. It is located at the exact centre of South America, in the city of Cuiabá. Cuiabá is the capital of the Brazilian state Mato Grosso. It is the largest centre of tourism and business in Mato Grosso.

The arena is expected to have a capacity of 43,000 seats for the World Cup to conform to FIFA rules. However, after the World Cup, around 15,000 of them will be removed to reset the maximum number of spectators it can accommodate to 28,000. This will be achieved by dismantling the upper parts of the bleachers of north and south stands. To ensure that the ecological diversity of the region is maintained, an emphasis was provided to making the project sustainable from the start. The wood used in the construction comes from certified sources and the waste and rubbish is recycled and reused in other areas of the project. The site’s air and soil quality is also constantly monitored to ensure that the project is green in every sense of the word.

The present and the future

The other noticeable feature of the stadium are the plants and trees which will fill the four corners. The stadium complex will contain a park, a small lake, restaurants, playgrounds and other entertainment facilities. The architecture of the stadium is handled by the firm GCP Arquitetos and the total cost is estimated around R$519 million. Half of it is financed by the federal government. The target completion date is later 2012/early 2013.

The stadium is being built with multi-use kept in mind and will host various events after the World Cup. During the World Cup, it will be host to four group stage matches. It is expected that the local clubs Mixto and Operario will bid to use the stadium for their matches in the future.

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