Arena da Baixada

Arena da Baixada

The Arena da Baixada, in the city of Curitiba, dates back to 1914 and is the home ground for the local football team Atlético Paranaense. It was selected as one of the stadiums to be used in World Cup 2014, hosting 4 group matches.

Comments from FIFA prior to World Cup 2014 has cast doubt over the inclusion of the Arena da Baixada in World Cup 2014. Fifa secretary general, Járôme Valcke, expressed severe disappointment at the speed of the stadium's development. He went on to give a four-week ultimatum to accelerate construction or the Curitiba venue would risk being excluded from the tournament. Fortunately, the stadium was completed on time.

Location: Curitiba, Paraná

Capacity: 43,900

Construction: In January 2014 construction was so far behind that FIFA has suggested possibily dropping this venue. However, the arena was eventually completed and it re-opened in May 2014, only one month before the World Cup.

Matches: Iran 0 : 0 Nigeria (June 16), Honduras 1 : 2 Ecuador (June 20), Australia 0 : 3 Spain (June 23), Algeria 1 : 1 Russia (June 26)

World Cup 2014 Venues : Estádio do Maracanã, Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Arena de São Paulo, Estádio Castelão, Estádio Mineirão, Estádio Beira-Rio, Arena Fonte Nova, Arena Pernambuco, Arena Pantanal, Arena Amazônia, Arena das Dunas and Arena da Baixada.