Arena Fonte Nova
Clubs: EC Bahia | Opening: 2013 | Capacity: 53,700 seats
History and description
The Arena Fonte Nova, for sponsorship reasons called Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova, was built to serve as one of the playing venues for the 2014 World Cup. It replaced the old Estádio Fonte Nova, which had stood at the same place, and got designed to resemble the old one with one of the ends left open to provide for a view over the adjacent lake.
Estádio Fonte Nova got demolished in 2010 and construction of the new stadium took about two-and-a-half years. It got completed in early 2013 and officially opened on the 5th of April 2013. The first match, a friendly between local rivals Bahia and Vitória, was played two days later.
The Arena Fonte Nova has been selected to host six matches at the 2014 World Cup, including one round of 16 match and a quarter-final. It was also one of the six playing venues of the 2013 Confederations Cup.
Arena Fonte Nova holds a total of 2,100 premium seats and a further 1,200 seats in 70 VIP boxes.
Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova is located on the eastern edge of Salvador’s historic centre and can therefore be walked to from most central places.
Address: Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador, Bahia
Eat, drink, and sleep
The Arena Fonte Nova is located right on the edge of Salvador’s picturesque historic centre (Pelourinho), which has the added benefit of being full of bars and restaurants. It also means that there is an ample supply of hotels, most of the cheaper kind, in the vicinity of the arena. Click here for an overview of hotels near the Arena Fonte Nova.
For those that prefer to stay at a more upscale alternative, the well-off eastern suburbs of the city offer plenty of options. This is also where various of the city’s beaches are located. The Arena Fonte Nova is 7 to 10 kilometres away from here.
Finally, those that fancy the clubbing scene may want to consider finding themselves a place to sleep in the southern Rio Vermelho area, which is a reasonable 5 kilometres from the arena.
Tickets for Bahia matches can be bought online via Futebolcard.com, at the ticket windows of the Arena Fonte Nova, or at the Ticketmix booth at Salvador SSA Shopping mall in the east of Salvador.
Ticket prices typically start at BR$ 60.00 for most sections of the stadium and run up to BR$ 165.00 for a premium seat at the West Stand.
The Arena Fonte Nova also gets occasionally used by local side EC Vitória, who normally play at Barradão, but move to the larger arena for their high-profile matches.
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