|Estádio José Pinheiro Borda|
|Beira-Rio, Gigante da Beira-Rio|
|Full name||Estádio José Pinheiro Borda|
|Location||Av. Padre Cacique, 621-1571, Praia de Belas, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil|
|Broke ground||September 12, 1956|
|Opened||April 6, 1969|
|Owner||Sport Club Internacional|
|Operator||SPE Holding Beira-Rio S/A|
|Surface||TifGrand™ (2013-present) Bermuda Green (1980-2013)|
|Field dimensions||105 x 68 m|
|Sport Club Internacional|
Estádio José Pinheiro Borda, better known as Estádio Beira-Rio (Portuguese pronunciation: [esˈtadʒiu ˈbejɾɐ ˈʁiu], Riverside Stadium) due to its location beside the Guaíba River, is a football stadium in Porto Alegre, Brazil. It serves as the home stadium for Sport Club Internacional. It is named after José Pinheiro Borda, an elderly Portuguese engineer who supervised the building of the stadium but died before seeing its completion.
Estádio Beira-Rio replaced Internacional's previous stadium, the Estádio dos Eucaliptos.
- Grass: Bermuda Green (imported from the USA). After renovation: TifGrand™ .
- Box offices: 4, with 68 booths.
- Toilets: 39. After renovation: 81.
- Capacity 56,000. After renovation: 51.300 (5,000 VIP seats).
- Executive suites 33. After renovation: 125 (70 suites + 55 skyboxes).
- Video screens 1 (42m²). After renovation 2 (100m² each).
- Parking 2,000. After renovation: 5,500.
- Record Attendance 106,554 (Rio Grande do Sul All-Stars team 3-3 Brazil's national team, on June 17, 1972).
Estádio Beira-Rio was constructed with the help of the club's enthusiasts and supporters. They contributed bringing bricks, concrete and iron.
During the 1960s, Estádio Beira-Rio was ironically called "Bóia Cativa", since it seemed that never it would be concluded, especially since those were difficult times for Internacional on the field.
Beira-Rio is the second biggest stadium in the Rio Grande do Sul state and also South Brazil. The stadium has recently been renovated to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The Beira-Rio complex also houses a chapel, an events center, bars, stores and a a parking building for 3,000 cars. Parque Gigante, featuring pools, gyms, football fields, and tennis courts, is located next to it. The first test event after the stadium's renovation was hosted on February 15, 2014 in a match between Internacional and Caxias, a local club.
Improvement and restoration
The stadium has gone through restoration and developments that makes it fit to host matches during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Internacional has a project of restoration and improvement of Beira-Rio complex named 'Gigante Para Sempre' (Giant Forever). The stadium has been adapted to an international standard, ready to host any national or international game. Beira-Rio is one of the only 2014 FIFA World Cup stadiums to be privately owned.
For the convenience of the public who frequent games, concerts, stores, and restaurants at the complex, a parking building was constructed with a lower height than the trees. This has reduced the impact on the garden landscape. On the other side of the complex there is another parking lot beneath the promenade.
The additional pitches, used for training of the senior and youth teams now has a new arrangement. New pitches and courts have been constructed.
The Lower Tier
Seats in the lower tier of the stadium were modified, the current seats were demolished and new seats were put in closer to the pitch. Construction is complete.
2014 FIFA World Cup
|Date||Time (UTC-03)||Team #1||Res.||Team #2||Round||Attendance|
|June 15, 2014||16:00||France||Match 10||Honduras||Group E|
|June 18, 2014||13:00||Australia||Match 20||Netherlands||Group B|
|June 22, 2014||16:00||South Korea||Match 32||Algeria||Group H|
|June 25, 2014||13:00||Nigeria||Match 43||Argentina||Group F|
|June 30, 2014||17:00||Winner Group G||Match 54||Runner-up Group H||Round of 16|
- Enciclopédia do Futebol Brasileiro, Volume 2 - Lance, Rio de Janeiro: Aretê Editorial S/A, 2001.
- Sport Club Internacional Official web site