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Arena Amazonia

Deep in the Amazon rainforest...

Manaus, though not a traditional football stronghold, is sure to be proved to be a popular destination for the millions that will enjoy World Cup 2014. It's picturesque location will be one of the main reasons to attract spectators from all around the globe. Manaus is situated right at the heart of the largest tropical rainforest in the world, the Amazon. It is situated at the unique confluence of the Negro and Solimões rivers. The confluence itself is a world famous tourist attraction with both river waters running side by side for 6 kilometres. They are visually distinguishable due to their different colours. Negro river has dark water and the Solimões water is of muddy brown colour.

Inspiration

The Arena de Amazonia is currently under construction and will replace the old Vivaldão stadium which used to be the main stadium of the city. The old stadium was demolished in 2010 and works for the new stadium started in early 2011. The Amazon rainforest is the inspiration behind the stadium and it will be enclosed by a metal structure, closely resembling a straw basket, for which the region is famous. The arena is set to be completed by April 2013, which is slightly later than what was expected initially. However, it is certain to be completed much earlier than the start of World Cup 2014. Apart from hosting the World Cup matches, upon completion, the stadium will also play host to the various teams that play in the city of Manaus.

Sustainable project

The project is designed to be a sustainable one, keeping in mind the protection of the biodiversity of the area. Rainwater harvesting will be widely adopted and the rainwater collected will be used in toilets or to water the pitch. The region is blessed with sunshine throughout the year and this will be utilized to provide natural lighting wherever possible, thus bringing down the electricity and power consumption. Also, solar power generators will be used to generate clean and renewable energy. Plant screens will also be created to keep down the energy costs and to maintain temperature control. The roof’s steel structure is designed to serve as a large gutter that drains the tropical rain water, the roof’s coating reflects heat radiation and thus has a cooling effect, openings in the roof and facade stimulate ventilation.

Once completed, the Arena de Amazonia will have a seating capacity of around 44000. The estimated cost of the project is R$532 million, which is 75% financed by the federal government and the rest by the state government. The stadium is designed by the architecture firm gmp Architekten, who are responsible for the stadiums of Eintracht Frankfurt and Warsaw national stadium. During the World Cup 2014, it will host four group stage matches. The stadium complex will also include restaurants, underground parking and will also have dedicated monorail services. The stadium is expected to serve as a boost to economy of the region even after the World Cup since it will continue to host football matches as well as concerts and cultural events.

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