World Cup 2014

Arena da Baixada, Curitiba

Capacity: 41,456

Opened: 1914

Cost: 220 million reals ($95 million).

History: Considered the country’s finest stadium after a state-of-the-art renovation in 1999, Arena da Baixada is currently undergoing even more overhauls funded by the club Atletico Paranaense that are expected to be completed early in 2014. Work on a retractable roof was suspended to ensure completion in time for FIFA-imposed deadlines.

Originally built in 1914, it will be the oldest stadium to host tournament fixtures. It was built on the site of a Brazilian Army powder depot. The inaugural match of the old stadium was played on Sept. 6, 1914, when Flamengo beat Internacional 7–1.

Fixtures:

  • Iran vs. Nigeria, June 16 (Group F)
  • Ecuador vs. Honduras, June 20 (Group E)
  • Australia vs. Spain, June 23 (Group B)
  • Algeria vs. Russia, June 26 (Group H)

Surrounding area: Curitiba, the capitol of Brazilian state of Paraná and home to nearly 1.8 million people, sports one of Brazil's highest Human Development Index readings and in 2010 was awarded the Global Sustainable City Award, given to cities and municipalities that excel in sustainable urban development thanks to its organized development, parks and ample green spaces. The Batel and Agua Verde neighborhoods are close to the stadium and offer a wide range of hotels and restaurants.

US soccer city: Orlando, FL

Of note: The stadium was formerly called Kyocera Arena, after the Japanese company that owned its naming rights from 2005-08.