Brazil’s 2014 World Cup stadiums look now – from bus shelter to gig venue
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The Brazil World Cup was a quite brilliant competition held eight years ago.
Through a sea of yellow and green, the country showed off precisely why it is one of the most remarkable nations when it comes to football.
Just like the tournament in Qatar, it took a lot of development to get their stadiums up to scratch. Some old, some developed, and some entirely new in 2014. But what of them today? Are these arenas still shiny and gleaming – or are they looking entirely different? Are they even stadiums at all anymore? Here we take you through all of the arenas used in the 2014 World Cup – and how things are with them today.
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Estadio do Maracana
This stadium is based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and is the country's largest stadium. After the renovation for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, its original capacity has been actually reduced to what is now – some 78,838.
It hosts teams in Rio including Flamengo, Fluminense, Botafogo, and Vasco da Gama, and remains as glorious – and round – as ever.
Stadio Nacional Mane Garrincha
Named after one of the nation's best players, the Stadio Nacional Mane Garrincha underwent a refurbishment so costly that it is now the third-most expensive football stadium in the world after England's Wembley Stadium and Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The 72,000-capacity arena hosted seven games at the 2014 tournament but now is defunct.
Based in bustling Brasilia, it has now been turned into a bus shelter, of all things. With a lack of football and upkeep costs of around £130,000 per month to cover, the local government opted to get creative with the build.
Arena de São Paulo
Now known as Arena Corinthians, it hosted six matches during the 2014 FIFA World Cup. As there was a requirement for it to have at least 65,000 seats for the World Cup opening match, extra seats were brought in before the opening day, before being removed after.
As well as the seats, the large balconies, and the installation of scoreboards behind the goals were removed after the tournament. Still, pretty neat, right?
The stadium is owned by the state of Minas Gerais and used by club side Cruzeiro.
No huge changes were made after the World Cup but it is the stage where Brazil were beaten well and truly 7-1 by Germany in the semi-finals – who could forget!
This grand beast is the home stadium for Sport Club Internacional and is one of the only 2014 FIFA World Cup stadiums to be privately owned.
Though no major developments have occurred, the likes of Green Day, Paul McCartney, and Bon Jovi have all filled the arena for concerts since the World Cup.
The stadium is based in Cuiaba and was one of the arenas that were not quite ready for the World Cup in 2014. This was not helped by the fact that it suffered a fire in October 2013 due to polystyrene insulation panels catching ablaze.
Some 5,000 seats were still to be installed in the stadium before the World Cup kicked off.
There has been some change to its seating capacity. During the World Cup, it had a capacity of 41,390 but now it can sit 44,003 spectators.
Arena da Amazonia
Then-England manager Roy Hodgson was not a fan of this stadium in Manaus owing to the extreme heat it gets. It indeed made it difficult for his players as they lost the opening game against Italy there 2–1.
The stadium remains untouched but has come under criticism for its lack of use now, with just gigs played there.
Arena das Dunas
The Arena das Dunas was built purely for the World Cup in 2014. The arena can shelter 31,375 spectators now but during the tournament, it was able to cater to over 44,000.
It has not hosted any football matches since and is now instead used for concerts.
Arena da Baixada
Arena da Baixada is a stadium located in Curitiba that was rebuilt between 2012 and 2014.
Though it hosted the World Cup, capacity was extended to a larger 42,372 thereafter.
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