Destination Curitiba, capital of the state of Paraná.
Soccer stadium ‘Arena da Baixada’ in Curitiba, which may host over 41 thousand soccer fans during the matches of the World Cup in 2014.
ARENA da Baixada
In 2008, Curitiba had two soccer teams in the highest division of Brazilian football competition: Coritiba and Clube Atlético Paranaense. Respectively with the nicknames Coxa (thigh) and Furacão (hurricane). Both clubs have their own stadium in Curitiba. Coritiba plays at home in Estádio Major Antônio Couto Pereira, abbreviated as Couto Pereira, with a capacity of 37,000 spectators. Atlético plays in Estádio Joaquim Américo Guimarães, also called Arena da Baixada, with a capacity of 25,000 spectators. At the time of the inauguration in 1999, after a construction period of 18 months and at a cost of 30 million reais, the ARENA was regarded as the safest and most modern stadium of the South American continent.
World Cup 2014
In 2007, the stadium was still considered the most modern and safest in the country. There are plans to increase the capacity significantly, due to the forthcoming World Cup in 2014. The ARENA will be one of the twelve stadiums during that World Cup. The stadium is located just outside the city center of Curitiba, and is easily accessible by public transport. The bi-articulate buses have no stop, but it is not inconceivable that in time another bus lane will be constructed, linking the ARENA to existing lines.
The stadium was just closed at the time of our visit. But the friendly receptionist allowed us to have a glance at the soccer field. The soccer field was intense green, due to the rainy season that was still going on. Yet the grass was recently replaced, in this respect this Brazilian stadium resembles its Dutch namesake. It is suggested that the name is indeed inspired upon the Amsterdam Arena. Moreover, the stadium bore, as the first Brazilian stadium, the name of the (Japanese) Sponsor: Kyocera Arena. At the time of our visit, the contract had expired; therefore, the Japanese sponsor name was removed from the stadium.
Website Atlético Paranaense
Influential commercial activities.
Video showing the stadium in early 2000’s, and in 2014
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