Castelão (Ceará)

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"Gigante da Boa Vista"
Arena Castelão in 2013
Full name Estádio Governador Plácido Castelo
Location Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil
Coordinates 3°48′26″S 38°31′21″W / 3.80722°S 38.52250°W / -3.80722; -38.52250Coordinates: 3°48′26″S 38°31′21″W / 3.80722°S 38.52250°W / -3.80722; -38.52250
Owner State of Ceará
Operator State of Ceará
Capacity 63,903[1]
Record attendance 118,496
Field size 105 x 68 m
Surface Grass
Broke ground 1969
Built 1969–1973
Opened November 11, 1973
Renovated 2002 and 2012
Expanded 1980
Architect José Liberal de Castro
Gehard Ernst Borman
Reginaldo Mendes Rangel
Marcílio Dias de Luna
Ivan da Silva Britto
Structural engineer Hugo Alcântara Mota

The Estádio Governador Plácido Castelo, also known as the Castelão (Portuguese pronunciation: [kasteˈlɐ̃w], Portuguese for "Big Castle") or Gigante da Boa Vista, is a soccer stadium that was inaugurated on November 11, 1973 in Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil, with a maximum capacity of 63,903 spectators. The stadium is owned by the Ceará state Government, and is the home ground of Ceará Sporting Club and Fortaleza Esporte Clube. Its formal name honors Plácido Aderaldo Castelo, who served as the Governor of Ceará from September 12, 1966 to March 15, 1971, and was a leader in getting the stadium built.[2]


Castelão was constructed from 1969 to 1973 and was inaugurated on November 11 of that year.

In May 2000, the Ceará state government started to reform the stadium. The reformations were divided in three stages, and started on May 16, 2001. The first stage consisted in the recovery of the ditches, and of the bleachers junctions, as well as the recovery of the low walls. The second stage of the reformation started on July 20, 2001, and consisted in the recovery and strengthening of the stadium's physical structure. The third stage consisted in the recovery of the electrical, hydraulic, sanitary, and electronic installations.[2]

The inaugural match was played on November 11, 1973, when Ceará and Fortaleza drew 0-0. The stadium's first goal was scored on November 18, 1973 by Ceará's Erandy, when Ceará beat Vitória 1-0.[3]

The re-inaugural match was played on March 23, 2002, when the Brazil national team beat the Yugoslavia national team 1-0.[2] The stadium's first goal after the re-inauguration was scored by Brazil's Luizão.[2] The stadium's attendance record currently stands at 118,496, set on August 27. 1980, when the Brazil national team beat the Uruguay national team 1-0.[3]

2013 FIFA Confederations Cup[edit]

Date Time (UTC-03) Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Attendance
June 19, 2013 16:00  Brazil 2–0  Mexico Group A 57,804
June 23, 2013 16:00  Nigeria 0–3  Spain Group B 51,263
June 27, 2013 16:00  Spain 0–0 a.e.t.(Penalties: 7–6)  Italy Semi-Final 56,083

2014 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Castelão was one of the venues of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which took place in Brazil. The stadium was redeveloped for the tournament; the reconstruction project, by Uruguayan architect Héctor Vigliecca, involved the addition of a larger roof, the construction of an underground car park with 4,200 spaces, and a new lower tier. After the redevelopment, the stadium now has an all-seater capacity of 60,342.[citation needed] The stadium closed on March 31, 2011 for the reconstruction project, which was officially completed in December 2012.[4] Castelão was the first of 12 stadiums being built or redeveloped for the 2014 World Cup to be completed.[4]

Date Time (UTC-03) Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Attendance
June 14, 2014 16:00  Uruguay 1–3  Costa Rica Group D 58,679
June 17, 2014 16:00  Brazil 0–0  Mexico Group A 60,342
June 21, 2014 16:00  Germany 2–2  Ghana Group G 59,621
June 24, 2014 17:00  Greece 2–1  Ivory Coast Group C 59,095
June 29, 2014 13:00  Netherlands 2–1  Mexico Round of 16 58,817
July 4, 2014 17:00  Brazil 2–1  Colombia Quarter-finals 60,342

Other events[edit]

On July 9, 1980, it was opened in Fortaleza the 10th National Eucharistic Congress. Pope John Paul II participated in the celebrations of the Congress and the Estádio Castelão received the largest public of its history: 120,000 followers. On this occasion, during Virgílio Távora's government, the stadium was reformed, and the bleachers of the inferior section were concluded.

Another religious celebration happened on August 13, 1995. On this occasion the archbishop of Fortaleza Dom Aloísio Lorscheider farewell gathered 50 thousand followers.

Several artistic shows were made at the stadium. One of the most outstanding happened on December 10, 1996 when Xuxa commanded the animation to thousands of children.


Castelão in 2009
Band/artist Tour Attendance Year Date
Iron Maiden The Book of Souls World Tour 36,000 2016 March 24
Franklin Graham Festival Of Hope BGEA 50,000 2015 October 24
Franklin Graham Festival Of Hope BGEA 45,000 2015 October 23
Franklin Graham Festival Of Hope BGEA 38,000 2015 October 22
Elton John The Diving Board Tour 18,979 2014 February 23
Beyoncé The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour 27,847 2013 September 8
Paul McCartney Out There! Tour 48,668 2013 May 9
Xuxa Sexto Sentido: O Xou 45,000 1996 December 10
Mamonas Assassinas Mamonas Assassinas Tour 37,000 1995 December 22
Menudos Menudos Live 1985 Tour 70,000 1985



  1. ^ "CNEF - Cadastro Nacional de Estádios de Futebol" (PDF) (in Portuguese). January 18, 2016. Retrieved June 6, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d Enciclopédia do Futebol Brasileiro Lance Volume 2. Rio de Janeiro: Aretê Editorial S/A. 2001. pp. 457&ndash, 458. ISBN 85-88651-01-7.
  3. ^ a b "Castelão" (in Portuguese). Templos do Futebol. Archived from the original on June 23, 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-13.
  4. ^ a b "Brazil opens first World Cup 2014 stadium". BBC News. BBC. December 17, 2012. Retrieved December 31, 2012.

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