World Cup 2014

Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte

Capacity: 62,547

Opened: 1965 (Reconstruction finished in 2012).

Cost: 666 million reals ($287 million) spent on reconstruction

History: FIFA calls the stadium one of the most historic venues in Brazilian football, which is the home of clubs Atletico Mineiro and Cruzeiro. The stadium underwent a complete overhaul prior to the World Cup.

One of the signature aspects of the overhaul was improved sustainability marked by solar energy technology and the ability to capture and store up to 6.2 million liters of rainwater, which can then be reused. The stadium’s biggest crowd was 132,834 people in 1997, for a match between Cruzeiro and Villa Nova.

Fixtures:

  • Colombia vs. Greece, June 14 (Group C)
  • Belgium vs. Algeria, June 17 (Group H)
  • Argentina vs. Iran, June 21 (Group F)
  • Costa Rica vs. England, June 24 (Group D)
  • Round of 16, June 28
  • Semifinal, July 8

Surrounding area: Located in the Pampulha neighborhood of Belo Horizonte, the stadium boasts an enthusiastic and vibrant atmosphere on match days. The city of Belo Horizonte is the capitol and largest city in the state of Minas Gerais. The surrounding areas make it the third largest metropolitan area in Brazil, which is located in the hills of the surrounding Esphinhaco Mountains.

US sister city: Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Of note: The stadium has hosted a number of notable concerts, including Kiss in 1983, Elton John in March, Paul McCartney in May and Beyonce in September.