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Estadio Castelao

A Fortress

The Estádio Plácido Aderaldo Castelo, also known as the Castelão will be a major venue for the 2014 World Cup. It will host a total of six matches including four group stage matches, a round of 16 match and a quarter final. Situated in Fortaleza, the capital of the north eastern Brazilian state of Ceará, the stadium was opened to public in November 1973. Fortaleza, the fifth largest city in Brazil is the home ground of the local clubs Ceará Sporting Club and Fortaleza Esporte Clube. Its formal name is bestowed in honour of a former governor of Ceará. It is guaranteed to host at least one match including the home team and the locals would be hoping that the city of Fortaleza, which means Fortress in Portuguese, will stand as a fortress for the Selecao.

Redevelopment

Also known as ‘Gigante de Boa Vista’, the stadium was originally built to accommodate a maximum of 58,400 spectators. After the city was awarded with the privilege to play host to some of the World Cup matches, it was decided that it will be refurbished and renovated to bring it up to speed to modern standards. The stadium reconstruction project involved the extension of the existing roof to ensure that it covered all the stands and the construction of an underground car park having 4200 slots. There was also added a new lower tier to the stadium. After redevelopment, the stadium now boasts a maximum all seated capacity of 66,700. The renovation work started in March 2011 when the stadium was closed to public. Work has now been completed and the stadium was declared open for the World Cup in December 2012. 

Spectator comfort and modern amenities

The revamped stadium has executive boxes, a VIP area, media centre, mixed zone and fully refurbished dressing rooms. The new roof covers all its tiers including the pitchside ring seating. Access to the stadium is also being upgraded with the creation of exclusive bus lanes,  a light rail vehicle system and two new metro stations, all of which will make the stadium easily accessible to the fans that will throng during the World Cup. The stadium complex will also house various restaurants, cinemas, hotel and an Olympic centre. The fans are sure to be entertained and enthralled by this sprawling stadium.

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