The Estadio Arena das Dunas, literally “Dunes Arena,” is the culmination of a 3-year project in the city of Natal, to serve as one of the playing venues for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The stadium was designed by renowned sports architect Christopher Lee, who says that this is one of his finest pieces of work.
History of Arena das Dunas in Natal
This visual spectacle of a stadium is built on the same ground that the Estadio Joao Claudio de Vasconcelos Machado once stood. Better known as the Machadão, the previous stadium hosted titanic clashes for the major teams in Natal and its sounding areas. ABC, Alecrim and America all enjoyed this venue in their more successful days in the Brazilian top flight. However, in order for Natal to become one of the host cities for 2014 FIFA World Cup, a grander and more modern venue was required. (more…)