Estádio Beira-Rio

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Estádio José Pinheiro Borda
Beira-Rio, Gigante da Beira-Rio
Portoalegre aerea arenabeirario.jpg
View outside of the stadium
Full name Estádio José Pinheiro Borda
Location Av. Padre Cacique, 621-1571, Praia de Belas, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Coordinates 30°3′56.21″S 51°14′9.91″W / 30.0656139°S 51.2360861°W / -30.0656139; -51.2360861Coordinates: 30°3′56.21″S 51°14′9.91″W / 30.0656139°S 51.2360861°W / -30.0656139; -51.2360861
Broke ground September 12, 1956
Opened April 6, 1969
Renovated Autumn 2013
Owner Sport Club Internacional
Operator SPE Holding Beira-Rio S/A
Surface TifGrand
Architect Hype Studio
Capacity 51,300
Field size 105 x 68 m
Tenants
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, replaced their previous stadium, the Estádio dos Eucaliptos. 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 was one of the 12 venues used for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, hosting five of the matches in the tournament.

General information[edit]

  • Grass: TifGrand™.
  • Box offices: 4, with 68 booths.
  • Toilets: 81.
  • Capacity 51,300 (5,000 VIP seats).
  • Executive suites 125 (70 suites + 55 skyboxes).
  • Video screens 2 (100m² each).
  • Parking 5,500.
  • Record Attendance 106,554 (Rio Grande do Sul All-Stars team 3-3 Brazil's national team, on June 17, 1972).

History[edit]

Embankment on the Rio Guaíba

In 1956, councilman Ephraim Pinheiro Cabral presented a document to the government that included a donation of part of the Guaíba, to be reclaimed for Sport Club Internacional.

Estádio Beira-Rio was constructed with the help of the club's enthusiasts and supporters. They contributed bringing bricks, concrete and iron.

First years of construction

During the 1960s, Estádio Beira-Rio was ironically called "Bóia Cativa", since it seemed that it would never be completed, especially since those were difficult times for Internacional on the field.

The stadium's debut was played on April 6, 1969, when Internacional beat Portugal's Benfica 2–1. The first goal ever scored in the stadium was done by Internacional's Claudiomiro.

Current situation[edit]

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.[1] The Beira-Rio complex also houses a chapel, an events center, bars, stores and 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[edit]

Rendering of stadium after current 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.

Estadio Beira-Rio in 2009

Parking[edit]

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.

Additional pitches[edit]

The additional pitches, used for training of the senior and youth teams now has a new arrangement. New pitches and courts have been constructed.

Lower tier[edit]

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[edit]

Date Time (UTC-03) Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Attendance
June 15, 2014 16:00  France 3–0  Honduras Group E 43,012
June 18, 2014 13:00  Australia 2–3  Netherlands Group B 42,877
June 22, 2014 16:00  South Korea 2–4  Algeria Group H 42,732
June 25, 2014 13:00  Nigeria 2–3  Argentina Group F 43,285
June 30, 2014 17:00  Germany 2–1 (a.e.t.)  Algeria Round of 16 43,063

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Events and tenants
Preceded by
Estadio Defensores del Chaco (Asunción)
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Estadio Alberto J. Armando (Buenos Aires)
Copa Libertadores
Final Venues

1980
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Estadio Centenario (Montevideo)
Succeeded by
Estádio do Maracanã (Rio de Janeiro)
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Estadio Nacional (Santiago)
Preceded by
Estadio Alberto J. Armando (Buenos Aires)
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Estadio Palogrande (Manizales)
Copa Libertadores
Final Venues

2005
*
Estádio do Morumbi (São Paulo)
Succeeded by
Beira Rio (Porto Alegre)
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Estádio do Morumbi (São Paulo)
Preceded by
Estádio Beira-Rio (Porto Alegre)
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Estádio do Morumbi (São Paulo)
Copa Libertadores
Final Venues

2006
*
Estádio do Morumbi (São Paulo)
Succeeded by
Estadio Alberto J. Armando (Buenos Aires)
—————————————————————
Estádio Olímpico Monumental (Porto Alegre)
Preceded by
Estadio Alberto J. Armando (Buenos Aires)
—————————————————————
Estádio do Morumbi (São Paulo)
Recopa Sudamericana
Final Venues

2007
*
Estadio Hidalgo (Pachuca)
Succeeded by
Estadio Juan D. Perón (Avellaneda)
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Estadio Alberto J. Armando (Buenos Aires)
Preceded by
Estadio Azteca (Mexico City)
—————————————————————
Estadio Juan D. Perón (Avellaneda)
Copa Sudamericana
Final Venues

2008
*
Estadio Ciudad de La Plata (La Plata)
Succeeded by
Estadio Casa Blanca (Quito)
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Estádio do Maracanã (Rio de Janeiro)
Preceded by
Estadio Juan D. Perón (Avellaneda)
—————————————————————
Estadio Alberto J. Armando (Buenos Aires)
Recopa Sudamericana
Final Venues

2009
*
Estadio Casa Blanca (Quito)
Succeeded by
Estadio Casa Blanca (Quito)
—————————————————————
Estadio José Luis Meiszner (Quilmes)
Preceded by
Estadio Ciudad de La Plata (La Plata)
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Mineirão (Belo Horizonte)
Copa Libertadores
Final Venues

2010
*
Estadio Omnilife (Zapopan)
Succeeded by
La Bombonera (Buenos Aires)
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Estádio do Pacaembu (São Paulo)