Arena Pantanal is a multi-purpose stadium that was built to serve as one the venues for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. It replaced the old Estádio José Fragelli (Verdão), which served as the main football stadium for the city of Cuiabá.
History of Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba
Estádio José Fragelli was demolished in 2010, with work on the new stadium commencing later that year. Due to its Location adjacent to the region of Pantanal, which is known for its rich fauna and flora, sustainability heavily influenced all aspects of the stadium. This attempt to preserve the surrounding environment as best as possible, created some challenges for organisers and added to delays in stadium construction.
Attention to sustainability was impeccable with the wood used in construction coming solely from certified providers. Waste generated from the wood was recycled and used within the building structure and its access points. The stadium’s soil and air quality is constantly monitored too. All the sustainability efforts put into the stadium gave birth to its nickname O Verdão which means ‘The Big Green.’
FIFA World Cup 2014 – Games at Arena Pantanal
Arena Pantanal has a capacity of about 40 000 people, this however, will be diminished after the conclusion of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. After the tournament the stadium will be used to host a range of events from exhibitions to trade fairs. The stadium also serves as a positive economic generator for the local businesses located in its vicinity. Arena Pantanal is set to become the home ground of local sides Mixto EC and Cuiabá EC after the World Cup.
The following four group matches will be played at the Arena Pantanal during this year’s World Cup:
- June 13 – Chile vs. Australia
- June 17 – Russia vs. Korea Republic
- June 21 – Nigeria vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina
- June 24 – Japan vs. Columbia