Few Brazilian cities can match the capital Brasilia when it comes to architecture, and the imposing Estadio Nacional is a reflection of that, an arena with seating for 70,042 spectators, making it the second largest of the stadiums hosting matches at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™.
The city’s Estadio Mane Garrincha has been all but demolished to make way for the stadium, which will boast a new facade, metal roof and stands, as well as a lowered pitch enabling unobstructed views from every seat.
Founded on carbon neutrality, recycling and complete access via public transport, this environmentally friendly construction project will consolidate Brasilia’s status as a world leader in sustainable urban planning, creating a valuable legacy for other sectors of the local economy. Due for completion towards the end of 2012, the Estadio Nacional will host the Opening Match at the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 and seven games at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, one of them a quarter-final tie. The stadium will be Brasilia’s third, along with the Serejao, the home of Brasiliense, and the Bezerrao, which was recently refurbished and reopened in 2008. Following the world finals the arena will be used to host concerts and major cultural events.