Club: SC Internacional | Opening: 1969 | Capacity: 47,100 seats
History and description
Estádio Beira-Rio officially opened on the 6th of April 1969 with a friendly against Benfica (2-1). Construction of the stadium had started a decade earlier following a period of successes of Internacional, which had resulted in their Estádio dos Eucaliptos becoming too small.
In 1956, the city of Porto Alegre had donated the club a site in the river Guaíba, which it first had to drain before they could start construction. Building works started in 1959, but due to a lack of finances Internacional heavily relied on fans contributing the bricks, cement, and iron works. As a result, works progressed very slowly and it took a decade for construction to complete.
Estádio Beira-Rio, soon after its opening nicknamed O Gigante, hardly changed over the next decades. It was only when it got chosen as one of the playing venues of the 2014 World Cup that an extensive redevelopment was announced.
The redevelopment includes the demolition and reconstruction of the lower tier of the stadium, and the construction of a new exterior and roof.
Works started in December 2012, but got soon plagued by financing issues and consequent delays. Works are currently expected to be completed in December 2013.
During the 2014 World Cup, Estádio Beira-Rio is set to host four group matches and one round of 16 match.
Estádio Beira-Rio is located in the south of Porto Alegre on the banks of the river Guaíba. It lies about 3.5 kilometres from Porto Alegre’s historic city centre.
There are plenty of options to reach the stadium by public transport. Bus 149, 1491, 165, 171, 173, 179, 184, 187, R1, R3, and R5 can all be taken from the Av. Salgado Filho in the historic centre
Bus 110 and 111 can be taken from the Avenida Loureiro da Silva, and bus 188 from the Rua Uruguai or Avenida Loureiro da Silva. All buses pass right by the stadium on the Avenida Padre Cacique.
Address: Avenida Padre Cacique 891, Porto Alegre
Eat, drink, and sleep
Estádio Beira-Rio is located in between the river Guaíba and the major Avenida Padre Cacique avenue in an area that is a mix of residential housing and the type of retail that you typically find along a major road running into a city.
The area around the stadium is of little interest, and while there are a few local eateries around, eating in drinking is best done in Porto Alegre city centre, the Cidade Baixa or Moinhos de Vento area, or at shopping centre Praia de Belas, which lies about 20 minutes walking north of the stadium and boasts a variety of food outlets (and a cinema).
There are two hotels located at short distance of Estádio Beira-Rio: the budget Pousada do Parque and the more expensive Blue Tree Towers Hotel. Alternatively, Hotel InterCity Premium and Hostel Porto Tche can just be walked from. Needless to say that there are many more options a little further away in Porto Alegre’s city centre.
Click here for an overview of all hotels near Estádio Beira-Rio.
There are, for example, Americanas stores at the Rua dos Andradas 1001 and 1305 in the historic centre, as well as at several shopping centres.
Tickets are also generally available at the ticket windows of the stadium on the day of the match. Identification is required to be able to buy tickets.
During the 2013 season, Internacional will not play any home matches at Estádio Beira-Rio due to the ongoing building works in preparation of the World Cup.
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