Club: Mixto EC and Cuiabá EC | Opening: 2014 | Capacity: 28,000 seats (World Cup: 41,390 seats)
The Arena Pantenal has been built to serve as one of the playing venues of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. It replaced the old Estádio José Fragelli (Verdão), which used to be the principal football stadium of the city of Cuiabá.
Verdão got demolished in 2010, and works on the new stadium commenced later that year. Subsequent delays have pushed back completion repeatedly and last works were only completed less than a month before the start of the World Cup.
The Arena Pantanal first hosted a football match on 2 April 2014 when Mixto and Santos squared off in a Copa do Brasil match (0-0). However, only the lower tier was in use for that games as works continued on the upper tier.
The Arena Pantanal will host its first match with full capacity on 18 May 2014 when Santos and Atlético Mineiro play a league match at the stadium. In the week after, the stadium will officially open with a match between a selection of the state of Mato Grosso and Paraguayan side Olimpia.
During the 2014 World Cup, the Arena Pantanal will host a total of four group matches. Once the World Cup is over, capacity will be reduced from 41,390 seats to about 28,000 seats by dismantling the upper parts of both ends. It will then become the permanent home of local sides Mixto EC and Cuiabá EC.
The architects of the stadium, GCP Arquitetos, have focused strongly on sustainability and one of the stadium’s noticeable features are the plants and trees that will fill the four corner areas.
The Arena Pantanal is located about 3 kilometres east of the Praça da República square in the centre of Cuiabá. One can about just walk from the centre, and the adjacent Popular area, which holds most restaurants and nightlife, is even closer. Taking a taxi will likely be more convenient though.
Address: Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá
Eat, drink, and sleep
The Arena Pantanal is located in a quiet residential neighbourhood with little around in terms of eating and drinking, which is best done in the Popular area near Cuiabá’s city centre.
There are no hotels in the immediate vicinity of the Arena Pantanal, but various hotels in Cuiabá city centre and surroundings. Click here for an overview of hotels in Cuiabá.
Tickets for Mixto matches can be bought online from Seuingressoagora.com.br, or at the Casa de Festas store at Goiabeiras shopping centre in the Popular area of Cuiabá. Expect to pay R$ 60.00 to R$ 80.00 for a ticket.
Tickets for Cuiabá matches can be purchased online via Ingressosmt.con.br, at the ticket office of Ginásio Aecim Tocantins next to the Arena Pantanal, at the club office in the south-east of Cuiabá, or at one of the other pre-sale points, which include de Casa de Festas stores and several sports stores at Goiabeiras, Três Americas and Pantanal shopping centres. Tickets typically go for between R$ 60.00 and R$ 80.00.
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