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Brazil's Brand-New $3.6-Billion Football World Cup Stadiums

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What Brazil's Brand-New $3.6-Billion World Cup Stadiums Look Like

The 2014 FIFA World Cup will be the 20th FIFA World Cup, an international men's football tournament that is scheduled to take place in Brazil from 12 June to 13 July 2014. It will be the second time that Brazil has hosted the competition, the previous being in 1950. Brazil was elected unchallenged as host nation in 2007 after the international football federation, FIFA, decreed that the tournament would be staged in South America for the first time since 1978 in Argentina, and the fifth time overall.

The national teams of 31 countries advanced through qualification competitions that began in June 2011 to participate with the host nation Brazil in the final tournament. A total of 64 matches are to be played in twelve cities across Brazil in either new or redeveloped stadiums, with the tournament beginning with a group stage. For the first time at a World Cup Finals, the matches will use goal-line technology.

With the host country, all world champion teams since the first World Cup in 1930 (Argentina, England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Uruguay) have qualified for this competition. Spain is the defending champion, having defeated the Netherlands 10 in the 2010 World Cup final to win its first World title. The previous four World Cups staged in South America were all won by South American teams.

A brief outlook of the 12 spectacular stadiums is given below:

The Maracana in Rio de Janeiro is the centerpiece of the World Cup.

The historic stadium once held nearly 200,000 people. After a $536-million renovation, the capacity is now 78,000.

The most striking arena from above: the brand-new Arena das Dunas in Natal. It's the smallest of the World Cup arenas with 42,000 seats. But it still cost $400 million to build. The stadium slopes downward toward both ends. It's supposed to look like a sand dune.

On the other end of the spectrum, the newly built Arena Pernambuco in Recife is the ugliest arena.

The most controversial arena is probably the Arena Amazonia in Manaus. Manaus is in the middle of the jungle and doesn't have a top-flight club team. It doesn't need a 45,000-seat arena. Parts of the stadium had to be transported up the Amazon by boat.It's gorgeous, but its fate after the World Cup is unclear.

A bunch of other arenas have been finished for months, like the renovated Estadio Nacional in Brasilia .The Estadio National was finished last summer and hosted some Confederation Cup games.

The Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza has a stunning backdrop.

The renovated Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte has been there since 1965.The roof is half concrete, half solar panels after some pricey upgrades.

The Arena Fonte Nova sits on the shores of the Dique do Tororo lake in Salvador.It had to be repaired last year after a portion of the roof caved in.

The Itaquerao in Sao Paulo is the most worrisome arena.
A huge portion of temporary bleachers wasn't approved for the arena's final test event in early June.

Another stadium that was not completed till the last minute was the Arena de Baixada in Curitiba. It was finished less than a month ago.

The Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba is now finished after multiple construction delays.

Interior of Arena Pantanal is sleek

The last of the 12 arenas, the Beira Rio in Porto Alegre, is another historic site. After a $130-million renovation, it has a bunch of modern touches, like a roof that collects rainwater.


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