Officially named Estádio Joaquim Américo Guimarães, commonly referred to as Arena da Baixada, is the home of Atlético Paranaense. The stadium is situated in the Água Verde neighborhood of Curitiba, Paraná.
The name stems from Joaquim Americo Guimaraes who was the founder of Internacional Football Club, which later would become today’s Clube Atletico Paranaense. Atletico Paranaense own and carry out all operations at the stadium.
History of Arena da Baixada in Curitiba
Arena da Baixada is located on the previous location of a Brazilian Army powder depot. Originally constructed and opened in 1914, an old Estádio Joaquim Américo Guimarães was replaced by the new and modern arena. The original stadium was closed down in the 1970’s. It was later re-opened in the 1984 but was subsequently demolished on March 26, 1997. It was not long before a new construction project began on the same sight, with the new arena being opened in June of 1999.
The inaugural match of the new venue was played on June 24, 1999, when Atlético Paranaense beat Cerro Porteño of Paraguay 2–1. The current Arena da Baixada was renamed the Kyocera Arena in 2005 when the electronics multinational corporation bought the naming rights. The deal for the naming rights lasted three years, of which at the end, the contract was not renewed giving re-birth to its current name.
Having not featured at the 1950FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the Arena da Baixada had to go through further renovations in order to host this year’s tournament. Completion of the face-lift was set for completion in December 2012. This mark was missed substantially and FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke on a visit to the venue earlier this year, stated that Curitiba could scrapped as a host city. Thank fully the stadium was completed in May of this year. Arena da Baixada despite having a capacity of 39 631, is regarded as one of the most modern and best-appointed stadiums in the nation. Coming at cost of approximately US$ 60 million this is the cheapest stadium to be used at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
FIFA World Cup 2014 – Games at Arena da Baixada in Curitiba
The stadium has already featured the first goalless draw of the tournament, in a clash between Nigeria and Iran on June 16, 2014. Three more games are to be played at this venue:
- June 20 – Honduras vs. Ecuador,
- June 23 – Australia vs. Spain,
- June 26 – Algeria vs. Russia.