World Cup 2014

Estadio Nacional, Brasilia

Capacity: 68,009

Opened: 2012

Cost: Reportedly more than 980 million reals ($450m).

History: The newly-constructed stadium was built on the site of Mané Garrincha Stadium, which was demolished in 2010. The stadium hosted the opening game of the Confederations Cup tournament, a 3-0 Brazil victory over Japan on June 15. The original stadium opened in 1974 and was named after famed Brazilian player Garrincha, who won the 1958 and ’62 World Cup tournaments with Brazil.

Fixtures:

  • Switzerland vs. Ecuador, June 15 (Group E)
  • Colombia vs. Cote d'Ivoire, June 19 (Group C)
  • Cameroon vs. Brazil, June 23 (Group A)
  • Portugal vs. Ghana, June 26 (Group G)
  • Round of 16, June 30
  • Quarterfinal, July 5
  • Third-place match, July 12

Surrounding area: The country’s capitol, Brasilia was created virtually out of nothing. A planned city meant to move the capitol from Rio de Janeiro to a more central location and inaugurated in 1960, the city is divided into specific sectors for banking, entertainment, housing, embassies, etc., designed to look like a bird or airplane from the air. The city attracts architecture aficionados from around the world for its futuristic buildings, courtesy of the legendary Oscar Niemeyer, and is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

US sister city: Boston, MA; New York, NY; Washington, DC

Of note: FIFA boasts of the stadium’s carbon neutrality, which includes “valet” parking for 3,500 bikes.