2014 FIFA WORLD CUP: RECIFE
Arena Pernambuco will expand into residential neighborhood
Recife is the capital of Pernambuco and an urban sprawl of another 13 cities, including Olinda (a world heritage site by UNESCO), with a population of 3,7 million. Boa Viagem is one of the famous urban beaches; and Porto de Galinhas, which stands among the top tourist destinations, is located 70km away from Recife.
The city is known as the Brazilian Venice due to its numerous waterways, bridges and small islands. During Carnival, rhythms such as frevo and maracatu and have street parades. It’s not the first time that Recife plays host to a World Cup. In 1950, the city hosted a match between the United States and Chile.
The Arena Pernambuco ( Pernambuco stadium ) has been budgeted in US$267 million. It will have a capacity for 46,000 people, with 4,700 parking spaces. The stadium is projected to be part of a bigger project that will include the construction of a neighbourhood made up of affordable homes. It adopts the multi-use concept, so that after the World Cup, it may be a venue for other event, showcasing food courts, shopping centres, museums, cinemas, a theatre and convention centre.
Located in Sao Lourenco da Mata, 19 km away from Guararapes International Airport, the Arena will host five matches at Brazil 2014. An express way called Mangue Road will not have traffic lights or junctions.