Club: SC Corinthians | Opening: 2014 | Capacity: 48,000 seats (World Cup: 68,000 seats)
History and description
The Arena Corinthians, also referred to as Arena de Itaquera and Arena de Sao Paulo, got built to serve as a playing venue for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and to provide Corinthians with an own home.
Building works started in May 2011 and were planned to be completed in December 2013. However, an incident in which a crane and part of the roof structure collapsed, killing two workers, meant that the opening was pushed back to May 2014. It officially opened on 18 May 2014 with a league match between Corinthians and Figueirense. Earlier, Corinthians had already played a league match at the stadium with reduced capacity.
The Arena Corinthians will have a capacity of 48,000 seats, but for the purpose of the World Cup another 20,000 seats will be added on both ends. During the World Cup, it will host the opening match, three further group matches, a round of 16 match, and one of the two semi-finals.
After the World Cup, the arena will become the new home of Corinthians, who currently rent the city-owned Estádio do Pacaembu.
The Arena Corinthians is located in the east of the city of São Paulo in the Itaquera area at about 18 kilometres from São Paulo’s city centre (Centro).
The stadium can be reached with the red metro line 3, which can be boarded in the city centre at station Sé or República, or reached by transfer from other areas. Get off at station Corinthians-Itaquera, which lies right next to the arena.
Address: Av. Miguel Inácio Curi 111, 08295-005 Itaquera, São Paulo
Eat, drink, and sleep
The Arena Corinthians is located in the working class Itaquera area, which the São Paulo municipality hope will get a regeneration boost from the construction of the new arena. Right across Corinthians-Itaquera station lies shopping centre Metrô Itaquera, which boasts a food court and a decent number of (fast food) restaurants. Otherwise, most will prefer to eat and drink in one of the well-off areas west of the city centre.
There are no hotels near the Arena Corinthians, but needless to say that São Paulo has plenty of alternatives on offer. Most of the higher end options are in the areas west of downtown in the Jardins (Avenida Paulista), Vila Olimpia or Itaim Bibi areas. The city centre (Centro) is a little cheaper, but has less to do at night and can get somewhat unsafe.
Ticket details for future Corinthians home matches at the Arena Corinthians have not been released yet.
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