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Arena Fonte Nova

“City of the Holy Saviour of the Bay of all Saints”

Located in the Salvador, the capital city of the north eastern Brazilian state of Bahia, Arena Fonte Nova is one of the swashbuckling new stadiums being constructed in anticipation of the 2014 World Cup. The estimated cost of construction is approximately US$294.3 million and once completed, the new World Cup stadium will have a maximum seating capacity of 56,000. The new Arena is expected to host six games of the tournament. Salvador was the first capital city in Brazil’s history. Esporte Clube Bahia and Esporte Clube Vitória are Salvador's main football teams. Bahia has won 2 national titles, Brazil Trophy in 1959 and the Brazilian League in 1988, while Vitória was a runner up in the Brazilian league in 1993 and Brazil Cup in 2010.

From old to new

The new World Cup stadium is being built in the place of Estadio Fonte Nova that used be among Brazil’s top venues. The older stadium was demolished after part of the upper terraces collapsed in 2007. The new stadium is modeled on its predecessor. The oval shape has been retained and one end of the stadium will be open, allowing a view of the pond nearby. ‘Fonte’ means ‘source’ and the open end allows view of a source of water. The open end also provides natural ventilation and facilitates access for assembly and disassembly of large stages. The two tier stands will now feature three tiers and specific steps are being undertaken to ensure spectator safety. The stadium will also be covered by a light weight metal roof. The stadium complex will also feature a restaurant, football museum, car parks, hotel and a concert hall. Arena Fonte Nova is all set to host four World Cup group matches, three of them featuring the top seeded teams as well as a World Cup round of 16 match and a World Cup quarter final.

Eco-friendly

After the World Cup, the stadium will be open for the local Bahian teams. A MoU has been signed with Esporte Club Bahia so that the club can have its official games conducted in the new arena. The project meets the FIFA green goal program and places special emphasis on being environment friendly. It has set up  rainwater harvesting from the roof, uses solar energy for heating, reuses materials obtained after the demolition of the old stadium and has selective garbage collection. In addition, the structure used for the cover reduces steel consumption by 40 to 50%.

Arena Fonte Nova will be the first multipurpose arena in Bahia and is expected to contribute greatly to the success of 2013 Confederations Cup and the 2014 FIFA World Cup. It is also expected to revitalize the economy of the area.

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