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Mané Garrincha National Stadium

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Brasília's Host Stadium in 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil
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Updated on June 26, 2014

Mané Garrincha National Stadium has several milestones to celebrate at this point in 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.

A stunning landmark in a horizon famous for architectural masterpieces designed by famous architect Oscar Niemeyer. Mané Garrincha National Stadium, in the city's central area,, became the country's second largest soccer and multi-purpose arena when it reopened on May 18, 2013. Only the Maracanã is larger.

More than 1M spectators have been to the arena since it was reopened in May 2013, according to the official site. 

The latest report also says that Mané Garrincha broke a record for the tournament, with an attendance of 69,112 on June 25 for the Brazil v. Cameroon match.

Neymar reached a milestone on that same day, as the top scorer in the World Cup and in the new The 100th goal in the tournament was scored by the star on the 100th game played by the Brazilian national team in the history of FIFA World Cups. Brazil has accumulated 13 goals at the stadium since its reopening.

Named after soccer star Manuel Francisco dos Santos, known as Mané Garrincha (1933-1983), the stadium with 288 columns standing at a height of 36 meters each and covered seats in shades of red is part of the Ayrton Senna sports complex, which includes a racetrack.

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.

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, can be used in the stadium's toilets and in the watering of the Bermuda grass on the pitch.

The original 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.

 

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