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Arena Pernambuco

Arena Pernambuco

As the largest urban metropolitan area of north east and the fifth largest overall in the country, Recife is known for its passion for football. Indeed, it is the home of some of Brazil’s historic clubs like Sport, Nautico and Santacruz. The area has already seen the World Cup come home once, with the Ilha de Retiro stadium hosting one of the World Cup matches in 1950 Brazil World Cup. However, a new chapter is set to be written in its history with the launch of Arena Pernambuco. The new stadium will be a playing venue for the 2014 World Cup. It will be hosting five World Cup matches in 2014 including four group matches and one round of 16 clash. With a planned capacity of around 46,000, the stadium will be home to Clube Náutico Capibaribe and is expected to start hosting its matches in 2013.

Public-Private Partnership

The stadium is being constructed as a private-public partnership and is expected to cost R$500 million. The partnership will comprise of the government of the state of Pernambuco and a consortium led by the construction firm Odebrecht and including event management firm AEG. AEG hopes to use the arena for multifunctional purposes. The structure of the stadium will be adapted to host various events like concerts, conventions and other sports competitions. The site will have 4700 parking spaces with 4500 for cars and 200 for buses. The project attempts to preserve 600 thousand square metres of native atlantic forest in the region. It has also adopted the required technologies to ensure the rational use of natural resources such as rainwater harvesting, water reuse, solar heating and lighting solutions as well as natural ventilation for light.

Cidade de Copa

The location of the stadium will be in a suburb of Recife, São Lourenço da Mata, located around 18 km west of downtown Recife. It will be the centre of a new planned urban area, named Cidade da Copa (City of the Cup) which will include new residential areas, education and entertainment premises and several offices. The whole project is expected to be the catalyst for the continuing expansion of the economically deprived Grande Recife area. Stadium construction started in October 2010 and the completion date was expected to be April 2013. Like the other stadiums for Brazil 2014 World Cup, it has also faced construction issues and the new expected date of completion is July 2013.

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