Brazil is preparing to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup. There are 12 World Cup stadiums in Brazil, spread all across the enormous country. Football is incredibly popular in Brazil, and any match, whether the national team is playing or not, is sure to be an exciting experience!
You should make sure that you arrange your accommodation and transport in advance if you are planning on attending a World Cup game, as cities will be very busy during these times.
The World Cup Stadiums in Brazil are:
Maracana, Rio de Janeiro
The stadium in Rio de Janeiro is the biggest stadium in the country. Seven World Cup games will be hosted here. The final match is to be played here, which is sure to be an electrifying experience! Whilst in Rio you can also visit such famous attractions as the Christ the Redeemer statue, Sugar Loaf Mountain, and the glorious beaches.
National Stadium, Brasilia
A large stadium, it is also one of the country’s most expensive stadiums. It is one of only two stadiums, along with Maracana in Rio, that will host seven World Cup football matches. These games will include the one for third place in the global football competition. When in Brazil’s capital city, you will also find a great selection of activities and attractions away from the beaches. You can visit the cathedral, botanical gardens, national park, Memorial JK, and National Congress, as well as various museums and art galleries. There are several other terrific places within easy reach of the capital, perfect for varied day trips and excursions.
Minairao, Belo Horizonte
One of the country’s biggest stadiums, six World Cup games will be played here, including one semi-final match. Brazil’s third biggest city is home to other attractions such as the Church of Saint Francis of Assisi, Marista Hall, Palacio das Artes, and Parque das Mangabeiras.
Set to host six World Cup matches, these will include at least one game with the Brazilian national team. Fortaleza is a popular holiday spot, with a lively atmosphere, restored colonial architecture, and nice urban beaches.
Fonte Nova, Salvador
The stadium’s official name is Estadio Otavio Mangabeira, named after a former state governor. It is anticipated that several national teams may stay in Salvador because of the good infrastructure. Six World Cup games will be held at this stadium. In the locale, you can soak up the artsy and cultural atmosphere, wander around the delightful Old Town, and relax on lovely beaches.
Arena Itaquera, Sao Paulo
In the lively and popular city of Sao Paulo, this stadium will host six World Cup games. The opening match will also be played here, drawing huge numbers of visitors from all around the world. The opening game will be played on the 12th of June 2014. Sao Paulo is the largest city in Brazil, and offers a plethora of attractions for all, as well as an eclectic and vivacious night scene and bags of cultural experiences.
Beira-Rio in Porto Alegra will host five matches, as will Arena Pernambuco in Recife. Four matches will be played at Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba, Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Arena Amazonia in Manaus, and Arena das Dunas in Natal.
Visit these World Cup Stadiums in Brazil for a taste of Brazilian sporting passion and fever!