Travelers in Brasília have a new stunning landmark in a horizon famous for architectural masterpieces designed by famous architect Oscar Niemeyer. Estádio Nacional de Brasília Mané Garrincha, in the city's central area, a host stadium in 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, became the country's second largest soccer and multi-purpose arena when it reopened in 2013. Only the Maracanã is larger.
Named after soccer star Manuel Francisco dos Santos, known as Mané Garrincha (1933-1983), the stadium with 72,788 covered seats in shades of red is part of the Ayrton Senna sports complex, which includes a racetrack. The arena will host seven games in the 2014 World Cup. It already hosted the opening match in FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013, on June 16, when Brasília received about 15,000 tourists and had a 95% hotel occupancy, according to Brazil's Ministry of Tourism.
The arena first opened in 1975 was torn down and rebuilt. All the demolition material was recycled, either for use in the construction of the new arena or by local recycling cooperatives.
Among the arena's features are 8,000 parking spaces, more than 2,800 press seats, over 70 suites, space for 56 eateries, a convention center and a cinema.
In the stadium's design, 288 columns stand at a height of 36 meters each. The state-of-the-art roof is covered by a self-cleaning membrane which is fire resistant and reflects UV rays. It allows for the collection of rainwater, which, filtered and treated, will be used in the stadium's toilets and in the watering of the Bermuda grass on the pitch.
Find out which games will be played at the Estádio Nacional during 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil in the event schedule (www.fifa.com/worldcup/matches/index.html).
2014 FIFA Fan Fest and World Cup:
Brasília's Fan Fest in 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil will take place at the Esplanade of Ministries, which thanks to its vastness is the stage for some of the most important and popular events in town.
The Federal District (Distrito Federal) has organized a website with all the information related to the event - available in Portuguese. Brasilia na Copa has been posting updates on the developments in urbanization leading up to the World Cup.
A major improvement is the expansion of the Juscelino Kubitschek International Airport. Until the World Cup, more than R$800 million will be invested in renovations and upgrades. The entrance will have a new roof, 15 new gates will be in place and the parking lot will double in capacity to a total of 3,000 parking spaces. The VIP lounge will gain space and end up with an area of 1,500 square meters.
Other improvements posted on the official website which are relevant to travelers and the local population involve upgrades in the city's electrical infrastructure, particularly the National Stadium Substation (Subestação Estádio Nacional), located next to the soccer arena, which will provide energy to the South and North hotel sectors (SHS and SHN), North and South Radio and TV Sectors (SRTVS and SRTVN), to bank and business sectors as well as the stadium itself.
According to Brasilia na Copa, another change World Cup tourists can look forward to is the creation of new lanes and tunnels for cyclists and pedestrians. The city already has a number of cycling lanes which will be better connected to the arena, making it easier to get to the matches.
An advantage to the World Cup in town is that the hotel area is within a three-kilometer range from the National Stadium.