Arena do Grêmio

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Arena do Grêmio
Arena do Grêmio Logo.png
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Location Porto Alegre, Brazil
Coordinates 29°58′24.40″S 51°11′39.85″W / 29.9734444°S 51.1944028°W / -29.9734444; -51.1944028Coordinates: 29°58′24.40″S 51°11′39.85″W / 29.9734444°S 51.1944028°W / -29.9734444; -51.1944028
Built 2012
Opened December 8, 2012
Owner Grêmio
Architect António Monteiro, Pedro Santos (plarq - multidisciplinary architecture studio)[1]
General contractor OAS
Capacity 60,540
Executive suites 135
Field dimensions 105 x 68 m
Tenants
Grêmio

Arena do Grêmio is a multi-use stadium in Porto Alegre, Brazil. It was inaugurated on December 8, 2012.

It is used mostly for football matches and as the home stadium of Grêmio, replacing the Estádio Olímpico Monumental. With 60,540 capacity, the stadium is one of the most modern venues in South America.

Concept[edit]

A mile from the international airport of Porto Alegre and alongside the road way, the stadium site appeared perfect to create a multifunctional urban center. Plans include a Conference and Congress Center, hotels, a mall, housing, condominiums and parking. The arena itself intends to be functional year round.

A concept that starts from green field to the milestone of creating economical revenue to the club, the stadium development and building costs are paid through this concept goals plus future real estate business. The architectural firm PLARQ is responsible for the stadium projects design and concept and OAS is the general contractor.

History[edit]

In the mid-2000s, an idea came within the Grêmio, to build a new stadium to host matches of the Tricolor. The idea was carried out in 2006 with the beginning of the work viability studies. The objective was to make a self-sustaining stadium, unlike the Estádio Olímpico Monumental, that was already falling apart. In May 2006, the Grêmio's master patrimonial plan was formulated, which, precisely, headed the project. From there began a discussion about the construction place, in the current location of Olímpico or in a new place. In November 2006, aiming to dispel this doubt, was made a pre-feasibility study for the construction of a new stadium, with the Dutch company Amsterdam Advisory Arena. The conclusion was that the Estádio Olímpico would not meet the expectations of the club, due to high maintenance cost, age of construction, low standard of comfort, security and services, insufficient parking and location in very populated region. This combination of factors led the club to opt for building an Arena, with the financial assistance of partners, with the standard required by FIFA.

Beginning of Construction[edit]

In October 2009, fences were installed to surround the region.[2] On May 13, 2010, a flagpole with the Grêmio's flag was inaugurated on the ground.

The official launch of the works took place on September 20, 2010, after a motorcade output from the Estádio Olímpico. On the same day, at the ceremony of start of construction, Hugo de León planted a patch of grass of Olímpico on the Arena ground after landing in a helicopter. Later, the former footballer represented symbolically the works to push the button on a machine and turn it on.

In late February 2011, about three hundred workers stopped their activities, protesting for better wages, working conditions and housing, days off to visit their families - as many workers were from the northeast of Brazil - and a longer rest.[3] Requests were met quickly, and all worked back to full steam.

Important Matches[edit]

Inauguration[edit]

Friendly

December 8, 2012
22:00 UTC−2
Grêmio Brazil 2–1 Germany Hamburg
André Lima Goal 9'
Marcelo Moreno Goal 87'
Report Westermann Goal 71'
Arena do Grêmio, Porto Alegre
Attendance: 60,540 [citation needed]
Referee: Carlos Amarilla (Paraguay)

The curiosity of this friendly match is that Grêmio faced Hamburg in the Intercontinental Cup title in 1983. There were also musical performances of Renato Borghetti and Blue Man Group.

2012 Match Against Poverty[edit]

December 19, 2012
21:00 UTC−2
Ronaldo's XI 3–2 Zidane's XI
Bebeto Goal 36'
Cacá Ferrari Goal 79'
Leandro Damião Goal 87'
Falcão Goal 60'
Zidane Goal 65'
Arena do Grêmio, Porto Alegre
Attendance: 60,540 [citation needed]
Referee: Pierluigi Collina (Italy)

First official match[edit]

2013 Copa Libertadores First Stage

First International Friendly[edit]

June 9, 2013
16:00 UTC−3
Brazil Brazil 3–0 France France
Oscar Goal 53'
Hernanes Goal 84'
Lucas Goal 90+2' (pen.)
Report
Arena do Grêmio, Porto Alegre
Attendance: 51,643 [4]
Referee: Víctor Hugo Carrillo (Peru)

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