World Cup 2014

Arena Pernambuco, Recife

Capacity: 44,248

Opened: 2013

Cost: Approximately 500 million reals ($230m) 

History: A newly constructed stadium that will be home to the club Náutico after the World Cup, it is expected to add to the city’s already passionate fan base that also supports two other clubs, Santa Cruz and Sport. Solar panels will not only help power the stadium but also supply the surrounding areas when the venue is not in use. The complex also includes restaurants, shopping centers and cinemas and is expected to provide a boost to the economically depressed area of Sao Lourenco da Mata. 

Fixtures:

  • Cote d'Ivoire vs. Japan, June 14 (Group C)
  • Italy vs. Costa Rica, June 20 (Group D)
  • Croatia vs. Mexico, June 26 (Group A)
  • US vs. Germany, June 26 (Group G)
  • Round of 16, June 29

The city and surrounding area: Recife is all about passion, whether it’s for the city’s three soccer clubs or its famous carnival, which features the world’s largest parade, Galo da Madrugada. The city, the capitol of Pernambucco state and home to more than 3.7 million people in the 17-municipalities that make up its metro area, is home to some of the world’s finest hotels and beaches.

US sister city: Dallas, TX

Of note: Recife hosted a World Cup match in 1950, with Chile beating the US 5-2 at Estadio Ilha do Retiro.