Estadio das Dunas

Need to go modern

The Estadio Joao Claudio de Vasconcelos Machado, better known as the Machadão was the biggest stadium in the Natal region. The leading teams of Natal, the capital of Rio Grande do Norte state, are ABC, Alecrim and America. No representative of Natal has made it to the Brazilian top league since America in 2007. So, when the opportunity to host World Cup 2014 matches was presented to the city, it was clear that a modern, bigger and grander arena was required to satiate the conditions that accompany an event of such global magnitude as the World Cup.

Vital Stats

The solution was to demolish both the Machadão and the neighbouring Humberto Nesi sports hall, known as the Machadinho, to make way for a new stadium complex, the Estadio das Dunas. Work on the new stadium was started in 2011. The arena is one of the World Cup stadiums that has progressed the slowest. By May 2012, under a quarter of the total work on the stadium was completed and it is expected to be ready only by December 2013, a mere six months before the World Cup. It is scheduled to host four group matches during the 2014 World Cup. The Arena das Dunas will have a seating capacity of 33,000 and another 10,000 seats will be added exclusively for the World Cup purpose. The design is by architecture firm Populous. The budget for the arena is around R$417 million which will almost be funded entirely by the federal government.

Arena of the dunes

The design of the stadium resembles closely to the most impressive natural attraction of the Natal region, the sand dunes. Its name also relates to the same dunes. The stadium will have an asymmetric shape which is inspired by the sand dunes. The similarity is acquired by designing the upper tier and roof in the shape of petals. The space between these petals allows the on-shore sea breezes to flow into the stadium, while the roof shades them from the sun. The petals are linked to each other by continuous concourse. It is expected to be one of the most impressive stadiums in the world when it's doors will be opened for World Cup 2014.

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