Arena da Baixada

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Not to be confused with Estádio da Baixada (Ibirama).
Arena da Baixada
Arena CAP
Arenadabaixada2.jpg
The new Arena da Baixada, built for the 2014 World Cup
Full name Estádio Joaquim Américo Guimarães
Former names Kyocera Arena
Location Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil
Coordinates 25°26′54″S 49°16′37″W / 25.44833°S 49.27694°W / -25.44833; -49.27694Coordinates: 25°26′54″S 49°16′37″W / 25.44833°S 49.27694°W / -25.44833; -49.27694
Owner Clube Atlético Paranaense
Operator CAP S/A
Capacity 43,000[1]
Record attendance 39,375 (Australia vs Spain, June 23, 2014)
Field size 105 x 68 m (344 x 223 ft)
Surface Bermuda Tifway 419
Construction
Broke ground December 1, 1997
Opened June 24, 1999
Renovated 2009, 2012–2014
Tenants
Atlético Paranaense
2014 FIFA World Cup
Website
www.arenacap.com.br

Estádio Joaquim Américo Guimarães, commonly referred to as Arena da Baixada (Portuguese pronunciation: [aˈɾẽnɐ dɐ bajˈʃadɐ]), is a football stadium in the Água Verde neighborhood of Curitiba, Paraná. Opened in 1999, it is the home stadium of Atlético Paranaense, who also own and operate it. The stadium will be one of the host venues for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

History[edit]

The stadium was built at the previous location of a Brazilian Army powder depot. In 1934, the stadium was renamed Estádio Joaquim Américo Guimarães. In the 1970s, the original stadium was closed down. After being reopened in 1984 and operating for some years, the old stadium building was demolished on March 26, 1997, right after a construction project of a new arena was announced. In June 1999, the new stadium was built. In 2005, the stadium was renamed Kyocera Arena, after the Japanese company Kyocera purchased the naming rights.

The inaugural match of the old stadium was played on September 6, 1914, when Flamengo beat Internacional 7–1. The first goal of the stadium was scored by Flamengo's Arnaldo.

The inaugural match of the new building was played on June 24, 1999, when Atlético Paranaense beat Cerro Porteño of Paraguay 2–1. The first goal of the stadium after its reinauguration was scored by Atlético's Lucas.

The stadium's attendance record currently stands at 31,740,[2] set on December 16, 2001 when Atlético Paranaense beat São Caetano 4–2, on the first game of that year's Brazilian Championship finals. Although the stadium was not the venue of the 1950 FIFA World Cup, the Estádio Vila Capanema was the venue for Curitiba as a host city of the event.

The contract with Kyocera that gave the company naming rights expired in early 2008. It was not renewed, and no new partnership was announced. The stadium went back to its old name, Arena da Baixada.[3]

2014 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Main article: 2014 FIFA World Cup
Arena de Baixada in match between Iran and Nigeria, 16 June 2014, FIFA World Cup

Ever since renovation works were completed in June 1999, the historic Estádio Joaquim Américo has been considered[by whom?] one of Brazil’s most modern and best-appointed stadiums.

It came as no surprise, therefore, that the home ground of Atlético Paranaense, which was originally constructed back in 1914, was among those venues chosen to host games at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Prior to welcoming the global showpiece, however, the stadium underwent another set of renovation works completed in 2014. Among other development are a series of improvements in facilities and the addition of rows of extra seats parallel to the pitch. This resulted in an increased capacity of 40,000, which made it possible for the stadium to welcome four World Cup matches.[4]

Construction of the stadium was not without its share of difficulties. Building work at the stadium was suspended in October 2013 on the orders of a Brazilian labor tribunal due to numerous and serious safety breaches. “Countless infractions have been committed, in various stages of the building project,” wrote the judge Lorena Colnago in her decision, the Paraná Regional Labor Tribunal said in a statement.[5] Subsequently, the planned retractable roof for the stadium was canceled.[6]

The first match to be held during the world cup was played between Iran and Nigeria, on June 16, ending with no goals.

Date Time (UTC-03) Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Attendance
June 16, 2014 16:00  Iran 0–0  Nigeria Group F 39,081
June 20, 2014 19:00  Honduras 1–2  Ecuador Group E 39,224
June 23, 2014 13:00  Australia 0–3  Spain Group B 39,375
June 26, 2014 17:00  Algeria 1–1  Russia Group H 39,311

References[edit]

Books[edit]

  • Enciclopédia do Futebol Brasileiro, Volume 2 - Lance, Rio de Janeiro: Aretê Editorial S/A, 2001.

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