Arena das Dunas

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Arena das Dunas
Arena das Dunas Logo.png
Natal, Brazil - Arena das Dunas.jpg
Full name Arena das Dunas
Location Centro Administrativo Rio Grande do Norte, Lagoa Nova, Natal, Brazil
Owner Public-private partnership
Capacity 31,375
Field size 105 x 68 m
Built 2011 - 2014
Opened 26 January 2014
Construction cost R$ 400 million
Architect Populous[1]
América de Natal
2014 FIFA World Cup

The Arena das Dunas ("Dunes Arena") is a football stadium in Natal, Brazil. It was designed by sports architect Christopher Lee of Populous.[2][3][4] The stadium hosted football matches for the 2014 FIFA World Cup held in Brazil. It was built in place of the Machadão stadium the Machadinho gym, whose buildings were demolished in 2011.[5]

This project replaces the old project called "Estádio Estrela dos Reis Magos" that would be located in the neighboring municipality of Parnamirim.[6] In the new project, the stadium will have capacity of 45,000 people. A shopping center and commercial buildings, hotels of international standard and an artificial lake around the stadium will be built.[7]

The stadium is located by the Senador Salgado Filho Avenue (BR-101 highway), a multi-lane road already served by the Complexo Viário do Quarto Centenário (Fourth Centennial Complex road or Complexo Viário Senador Carlos Alberto de Sousa). The project was one of the most praised by inspectors from FIFA.[8]

Arena das Dunas, Natal, Brazil

2014 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Date Time (UTC-03) Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Attendance
June 13, 2014 13:00  Mexico 1–0  Cameroon Group A 39,216[9]
June 16, 2014 19:00  Ghana 1–2  United States Group G 39,760
June 19, 2014 19:00  Japan 0–0  Greece Group C 39,485
June 24, 2014 13:00  Italy 0–1  Uruguay Group D 39,706


  1. ^ [1] architect: Populous
  2. ^ "Christopher Lee, architect of Dunas Stadium and London 2012". Retrieved 2010-09-13. 
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  9. ^ "Match report – Mexico–Cameroon" (PDF). (Fédération Internationale de Football Association). 13 June 2014. Retrieved 13 June 2014. 

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Coordinates: 5°49′44″S 35°12′50″W / 5.828938°S 35.213864°W / -5.828938; -35.213864