Itaipava Arena Pernambuco is located in the city of Recife, the capital of Pernambuco, a north-eastern state in Brasil. The stadium is co-owned by the state of Pernambuco and a private consortium. Its name stems from the sale of naming rights to beer company Itaipava.
The city of Recife is the home of three historic Brazilian teams in the shape of Nautico, Santa Cruz and Sport. The big stadium of Itaipava Arena Pernambuco is however, the home of six-time state champions Clube Nautico Capibaribe, also known as Náutico. Náutico, as of 2013, is competing in the Serie A, Campeonato Brasileiro Série A.
History of Itaipava Arena Pernambuco in Recife
Built with the express purpose to serve as a venue for the FIFA 2014 World Cup, construction on the stadium began in October 2010. Odebrecht Infraestrutura was the company tasked with construction of the stadium. Taking 3 years to build and coming at a cost of US$ 227 million, the Itaipava Arena Pernambuco was completed in May 2013. The stadium boasts a capacity of 42 583 people and includes 102 corporate boxes, 71 toilets and 42 bars.
Located in a metropolitan zone just 19km from Guararapes International Airport the stadium is set to serve as a major economic catalyst for the economically deprived area. When fully furnished the area encompassing Arena Pernambuco will include a university campus, hotel, convention centre, as well as commercial and residential units.
FIFA Word Cup 2014 – Games at Arena Pernambuco in Recife
A friendly match on the 22nd of May 2013 between Náutico and Sporting CP of Portugal marked its official opening. Having been a host venue for the 2013 Confederations Cup the Itaipava Arena Pernambuco will host four group matches and one round of 16 match. The following games are scheduled for the venue:
- June 14 – Cote D’Ivoire vs. Japan
- June 20 – Italy vs. Costa Rica
- June 23 – Croatia vs. Mexico
- June 26 – USA vs. Germany
- June 29 – Winner Group D vs. Runner-up Group C.