Located in the East Zone of São Paulo, Arena de São Paulo is the new home of Brazilian giants Sport Club Corinthians Paulista and the venue of six mouth-watering football clashes at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The arena is also known as the Arena Corinthians and Arena de Itaquera.
The city of São Paulo has a strong and fierce passion for the beautiful game. For a very long time Sport Club Corinthians Paulista was the only club in the city that did not own a stadium that matched its size and had the necessary infrastructure. With the announcement of this year’s World Cup, Corinthians fortunes changed as the erection of Arena de São Paulo became a necessity for the host city.
History of Arena de Sao Paulo / Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo
Building works started in May 2011 and were scheduled to be completed in December 2013. However, a series of tragic accidents and incidents have resulted in major delays. The first test event was conducted at the stadium as late as 18 May 2014. The first test event was to asses 1 operational areas including safety, security and spectator services, to mention a few. To date the stadium is still in a race against time to complete all aspects of the stadium and its services that will be in use. On Sunday the 8th of June a junior game was held at the 65 000-seater stadium as a test event but 20 000 temporary seats that are to be installed for the World Cup could not be used. The local fire department refused to grant approval of the use of these seats.
FIFA World Cup 2014 – Games of Arena de Sao Paulo
Coming at a cost of US$ 370 million Arena de São Paulo served as an economic catalyst for the poverty stricken Eastern Zone of the city. Provision of approximately 6000 jobs during construction and granting workers a chance to complete professional qualifications is one of the methods used to obtain economic growth. Over 10 000 VIP seats, 89 luxury boxes, a football museum and one of the largest video screens in the world (170m by 20m), are all part of the Arena de São Paulo’s arsenal.
Arena Sao Paulo has been chosen to host the opening match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The stadium will also host five other matches, including one semi-final.
- June 12 – Brazil vs. Croatia
- June 19 – Uruguay vs. England
- June 23 – Netherlands vs. Chile
- June 26 – Korea Republic vs. Belgium
- July 1 – Winner Group F vs. Runner-up Group E
- July 9 – Second Semi-final