World Cup 2014

Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador

Capacity: 48,747

Opened: 2013

Cost: 590 million reals ($270m)

History: The newly constructed stadium was built at the site of Estadio Fonte Nova, which was closed in 2007 (following a collapse of part of the upper terraces that killed seven people) and demolished in 2010 after serving as the home ground for the clubs Bahia and Vitoria since 1951.

The new stadium was modeled after its predecessor and is covered by a lightweight, metal roof. The surrounding complex will house a panoramic restaurant, museum of football, car parks, shops, hotels and a concert hall.

Fixtures:

  • Spain vs. Netherlands, June 13 (Group B)
  • Germany vs. Portugal, June 16 (Group G)
  • Switzerland vs. France, June 20 (Group E)
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina, June 25 (Group F)
  • Round of 16, July 1
  • Quarterfinal, July 5

Surrounding area: The capital of Bahia and the third largest city in Brazil at 3.5 million people, Salvador is one of the country’s most culturally diverse cities, with its African influences making it the center of Afro-Brazilian culture. Salvador also hosts one of the country’s biggest Carnaval celebrations.

Geographically striking, the city center, where the stadium is centrally located, is situated on a triangular peninsula that separates the Todos os Santos Bay from the Atlantic Ocean.

Of note: The stadium will also be used for soccer competition in the 2016 Olympic Games.