World Cup 2014

Arena de São Paulo, São Paolo

Capacity: 65,234 (17,000 of which is temporary seating for World Cup)

Cost: 820 million reals ($370 million)

History: Tragedy struck on Nov. 27 when part of the stadium collapsed during construction, killing two people and causing significant damage and possibly delaying construction past the FIFA-imposed December deadline for completion.

The stadium was initially expected to be completed in time to host Confederation Cup games over the summer, but delays scrapped those plans as a testing ground for the World Cup. The stadium will be used by the Brazilian club Corinthians and will have a permanent capacity of more than 45,000.

Surrounding area: São Paulo’s nearly 20 million people make it the world’s seventh largest city and largest in the southern hemisphere. A cultural, economic and political hub, it boasts the country’s finest museums, restaurants, a jungle of skyscrapers and, not to mention, bustling nightlife. One point of emphasis for soccer fans will undoubtedly be the Museum of Football, located in the base of the Pacaembu stadium, Corinthians' former home. It features collections of jerseys and interactive displays.

Fixtures:

  • Brazil vs. Croatia, June 12 (Group A)
  • Uruguay vs. England, June 19 (Group D)
  • Netherlands vs. Chile, June 23 (Group B)
  • South Korea vs. Belgium, June 26 (Group H)
  • Round of 16, July 1
  • Semifinal, July 9

US sister city: Chicago, IL; Miami, FL

Of note: The number 77 is considered lucky for Corinthians due to the year they won the Campeonato Paulista, 1977. And as explained by architecht Anibal Coutinho, the pitch sits at an elevation of 777 meters, to go along with the address of the club at 777 São Jorge St.