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
Owner Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense
Operator Arena Porto-Alegrense
Executive suites 135
Capacity 55,662
Field size 105 x 68 m
Surface Lolium perenne
Desso GrassMaster
Construction
Broke ground September 20, 2010
Opened December 8, 2012
Construction cost € 205 million
Architect PLARQ Arquitetura[1]
General contractor OAS
Tenants
Grêmio F.B.P.A.
Brazil national team (selected matches)
Website
Official website

Arena do Grêmio is a multi-use stadium in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, 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 55,662 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. The complex include a Conference and Congress Center, hotel, 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]

2012 Match Against Poverty[edit]

First official match[edit]

International Friendly[edit]

Concerts[edit]

With the multi-use stadium concept, the Arena do Grêmio easily adapts to receive more different genres of shows and events. The first was to be held in April 2013, receiving a concert celebrating the 72 years old of singer Roberto Carlos, with a sold-out audience of 50,000. In June 2014, the Arena hosted the first show of the 2014 Green Valley World Tour, which was attended by the residents of the largest electronic music festival in the world and known as the "Maestros of Tomorrowland": Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, to an audience of over 14,000 fans.

Events at Arena do Grêmio
Date Event Artist(s) Attendance
20 April 2013 2013 Roberto Carlos Tour Roberto Carlos 50,000
25 May 2014 1º Costelaço Promothers Marcos & Belutti, Bruninho & Davi, Lucas & Felipe, Téo & Edu 2,000
18 June 2014 2014 Green Valley World Tour Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, WolfPack, Thomaz Krause, Marcelo CIC, Rapha Costa 14,000

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