Arena Pantanal, Cuiaba
Opened: Scheduled to be completed in 2014
Cost: 520 million reals ($240 million).
History: The stadium replaced the old Estádio José Fragelli (Verdão), which used to be the principal football stadium of the city and was demolished in 2010. Construction delays have pushed back the expected completion date from late 2013 to January 2014. After the World Cup, the stadium will be host to the city’s two primary soccer clubs, Mixto EC and Cuiabá EC.
- Chile vs. Australia, June 13 (Group B)
- Russia vs. South Korea, June 17 (Group H)
- Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Nigeria, June 21 (Group F)
- Japan vs. Colombia, June 24 (Group C)
Surrounding area: One of the most remote host outposts, the city of nearly 1 million people sits in a transition zone among three of the most characteristic Brazilian ecosystems, Amazonia, Cerrado and Pantanal and close to the Chapada dos Guimaraes mountain range, which blocks polar masses and causes the region’s extremely hot weather (average highs of 90 degrees year-round). It’s also known as the southern gate to the Amazon and the Pantanal wetlands is one of South America’s best spots to see its incredible flora and fauna.
Of note: The stadium embraces the area’s incredible vegetation and boasts plants and trees in the four corners of the stadium.