Estádio Luso Brasileiro
|Estádio da Ilha do Governador|
|Full name||Estádio Luso-Brasileiro|
|Former names||Arena Petrobras (2005)
Arena Botafogo (2016)
|Location||Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil|
|Operator||Portuguesa-RJ and Flamengo|
|Field size||105 by 68 metres (114.8 yd × 74.4 yd)|
|Opened||2 October 1965|
|Renovated||2005, 2016, 2017|
The Estádio Luso-Brasileiro, formerly known as Arena Petrobras, Arena Botafogo and Estádio da Ilha do Governador, is a football stadium inaugurated on 2 October 1965 in Ilha do Governador neighborhood, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro state. The maximum capacity of the stadium is of 4,697 spectators, expanded to 17,250 due to renovations made by Botafogo so it can use it as its home ground for the 2016 Brazilian Série A and once again expanded to 20,500 made by Flamengo in 2017. The stadium is owned by Portuguesa. The stadium was also the home ground of Flamengo and Botafogo during the 2005 Brazilian Série A.
The stadium was built in 1965. It was inaugurated on October 1, 1965. The stadium originally had a maximum capacity of only 5,000 people.
In 2005, while Maracanã was being reformed, Luso-Brasileiro stadium was also reformed, with the help of Flamengo, Botafogo, Petrobras, and the state of Rio de Janeiro government. This expanded the stadium maximum capacity from 5,000 to 30,000, and the stadium was adopted as the home ground of Flamengo and Botafogo during the 2005 Campeonato Brasileiro. The Luso Brasileiro was reformed to allow Flamengo and Botafogo to play their home matches closer to their supporters.
Botafogo showed interest in using the stadium again during the 2016 Campeonato Brasileiro for their home matches, as Engenhão was being prepared to host the Summer Olympics and therefore unable to receive league matches. Botafogo renovated the stadium and expanded the capacity to around 18,000.
On November 2016 Flamengo came to terms with Portuguesa-RJ and signed a three-year contract to use the stadium starting in 2017. Flamengo planned to use the stadium as cover solution due to the complicated situation between the club, the Rio de Janeiro state government and Complexo Maracanã Entretenimento S.A. (composed of Odebrecht, IMX, AEG), the operator of Estádio do Maracanã. Flamengo intend to expand the capacity up to 20,500 being able to host most of the matches in the upcoming years. The club also expect to inject around R$12m with sponsor partnerships, including the naming rights. The first part in the stadium renovation was in January 2017 with the relaying of the ground.
- "Arena Botafogo" (in Portuguese). June 30, 2016. Retrieved June 30, 2016.
- Pereira, Mauro Cezar. "Flamengo anuncia que Estádio Luso-Brasileiro será sua casa em 2017". ESPN Brasil. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
- "Espaço atrás dos gols será quase todo sem assentos. Distância para o gramado encurta metade em relação ao que o Botafogo usava na Ilha. Clube procura parceiros". globoesporte.com. 3 January 2017. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
- Enciclopédia do Futebol Brasileiro, Volume 2 - Lance, Rio de Janeiro: Aretê Editorial S/A, 2001.
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