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08 / 19 / 2013

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Brazil 2014 World Cup Stadiums

Much has been made of the World Cup stadiums being used to host the 2014 tournament. With many of the stadiums experiencing delays in completion, as well as poor safety levels involved in the construction resulting in deaths of workers, the stadiums for the Brazilian World Cup have been shrouded in controversy.  In total there will be 12 stadiums used during the World Cup, and you can find out more about each one below:

Maracana stadium – Rio De Janeiro

The most famous stadium being used during the World Cup is the Maracana in Rio De Janeiro. The 71,000 all-seater stadium is the biggest in Brazil, and will host the final, as well as a variety of group matches. The stadium was built in 1950 to host the first Brazilian World Cup, but has been renovated and modernised on numerous occasions since.

Arena de Sao Paulo – Sao Paulo

Arena de Sao Paulo is the second largest stadium being used for the World Cup, and is located in Brazil’s second largest city, Sao Paulo. This stadium will host the opening games of the tournament, Brazil vs Croatia. The stadium will also host England vs Uruguay, as well as fixtures from group B and H, as well as one of the semi-finals.

Estádio Nacional de Brasilia – Brasilla

The third largest host stadium at the 2014 World Cup with a capacity of almost 66,000, this is the flagship stadium of Brazil’s capital city, Brasila. The stadium is located at high altitude, with Brasila lying in the Brazilian highlands at an elevation of over 1100m. This could be an important factor for teams playing games at the Estádio Nacional de Brasilia.

Mineirao – Belo Horizonte

The city of Belo Horizonte is located in the South Eastern part of Brazil, and is another area of high altitude, with an elevation of 850m. The stadium has a capacity of just over 62,000, and was renovated in 2012 ahead of the Confederations Cup and World Cup. This stadium will host the fixture between England and Costa Rica, as well as the 2nd semi-final.

Arena Castelão – Fortaleza

Fortaleza is a city located in the North Eastern area of Brazil, and Arena Castelão has a capacity of almost 58,000. This stadium will host one of Brazil’s group matches, as well as games from groups C, D and G.

Estadio Fonte Nova – Salvador

Salvador is the largest city in North Eastern Brazil, and the Estadio Fonte Nova has a capacity of 49,280. This stadium will host one of the quarter finals, as well as one of the most moth-watering group matches – Spain vs Holland.

Estádio Beira-Rio – Porto Alegre

The Estádio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre is located in the South of the country, and is one of the smallest stadiums with a capacity of just over 42,000.

Arena Pernambuco – Recife

The Arena Pernambuco is a 40,000 capacity stadium located in the coastal city of Recife in North Eastern Brazil.

Arena da Amazonia – Manaus

As the name suggests, the Arena da Amazonia is located in the Amazon rainforest in the North Eastern area of Brazil. The important factor for teams playing at this 40,000 capacity stadium is the humidity of the rainforest, and average June temperatures of 31 degrees. The stadium will host the England vs Italy fixture in group D. Make sure you take advantage of our World Cup free bets from the best online betting sites, before getting the best odds on the World Cup.