Salvador, Brazil’s first capital city will welcome the 2014 FIFA World Cup at the new purpose-built Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova. Also known as Complexo Esportivo Cultural Professor Octávio Mangabeira, it was built for the 2013 Confederations Cup and Subsequently this year’s World Cup.
History of Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador
In 2013, the brewery Itaipava from Grupo Petropolis, signed the naming rights of the new arena “Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova” under a sponsorship agreement until the year 2023, amounting to US$ 100 million. This was the first naming rights agreement signed to 2014 World Cup stadiums.
The new stadium replaced the old Fonte Nova. Officially known as the Estadio Octavio Mangabeira, the Fonte Nova was opened on 28 January 1951 and was the venue for many a derby between Salavador’s Esporte Clube Bahia and Esporte Clube Vitoria. The Fonte Nova was closed in November 2007 and was subsequently demolished in 2010.
Shortly after demolition, the building process began, with construction of the new stadium taking about two-and-a-half years. The architectural design was tasked to a group of German architects from Burnswick, who had also redesigned the old Hannover stadium for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. It was completed in early 2013 and officially opened on the 5th of April 2013. The first match, a friendly between local rivals Bahia and Vitória, was played two days later.
The stadium that has risen in its place, the Arena Fonte Nova, has been modelled on its predecessor and is covered by a lightweight, metal roof. Arena Fonte Nova holds a total of 2,100 premium seats and a further 1,200 seats in 70 VIP boxes. The entire stadium complex is diverse and houses a panoramic restaurant, a football museum, a concert hall, shops and hotels.
FIFA World Cup 2014 – Games at Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador
Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova will host four group matches as well as a Round-of-16 match and a quarter-final tie;
- June 13 – Spain ns. Netherlands
- June 16 – Germany vs. Portugal
- June 20 – Switzerland vs. France
- June 25 – Bosnia and Herzegovina vs. Iran
- July 01 – Winner Group H vs. Runner-up Group G
- July 05 – Winner Match 51 vs. Winner Match 52 (Quarter-final)