Arena Castelão

Key facts

Club: Ceará SC and Fortaleza EC | Opening: 1973 | Capacity: 63,903 seats

History and description

Arena Castelão, originally called Estádio Governador Plácido Aderaldo Castelo, opened on the 11th of November 1973 with a match between Ceará and Fortaleza (0-0).

The stadium was built at the initiative of state governor Plácido Castelo, after whom the stadium got subsequently named. It soon got referred to as Castelão though, after the area it stands in.

Castelão initially consisted of one small continuous oval-shaped tier and large ramps at both sides. The stadium did not have cover yet and could hold about 70,000 fans.

In 1980, the second tier was extended over the entire stadium, and soon after an estimated 118,000 people attended an international between Brazil and Uruguay.

The stadium received cover in 2002 and subsequent renovations brought back capacity to about 60,000.

Not much later, Castelão got selected as one of the playing venues of the 2014 World Cup, and therefore required a more substantial redevelopment.

Works started early 2011 and involved the demolition and reconstruction of the bottom tier, the installation of a new roof, and the refurbishment of the rest of the stadium. The stadium officially reopened on the 16th of December 2012. At the same time it got renamed Arena Castelão.

Arena Castelão is scheduled to host six matches at the World Cup, which include one round of 16 match and a quarter-final. The stadium was also one of the playing venues of the 2013 Confederations Cup.

(Photos of the present Arena Castelão below)

Getting there

Arena Castelão is located in the south of the city of Fortaleza, about 10 kilometres from the Dragão do Mar area and nearby Iracema beach and a similar distance from the beaches in the east.

Fortaleza has recently opened a new metro, though it does not pass Castelão directly. Stop Parangaba is somewhat in the direction, and you can take a taxi from there or inquire about buses.

From the centre one can take bus 666 to get to the stadium. Take the bus from the Rua Pedro I at the corner of the Rua Solon Pinheiro. Take the bus that goes to Jardim Castelão.

Fortaleza’s airport lies also toward the south, approximately 3.5 kilometres north of the stadium, and is therefore a reasonable taxi ride away.

Address: Avenida Alberto Craveiro s/n, Castelão, Fortaleza

Eat, drink, and sleep

The Arena Castelão is located in a not very appealing area, which is a mix of working-class basic residential housing and small business. There is therefore little reason to head to the stadium much before the start of the match, especially since central Fortaleza offers plenty of entertainment.

Most of the eating, drinking, and nightlife is located east of the centre in the Dragão do Mar and Iracema beach area, and running further east along the coast along Avenida Beira Mar up to the Mereiles area. If you prefer a quieter area, or beaches better suited for bathing or surfing, you may want to head to the eastern Praia do Futuro beaches.

If you wish to stay close to the Arena Castelão, then Hotel Recanto Wirapuru is a decent option. Click here for an overview of further hotels near the Arena Castelão.

However, if you make Fortaleza more than a quick stop-over, you will likely get more out of your stay if you choose a hotel in a more central and touristy area.

Most hotels in Fortaleza are located on the coastal strip east of the centre along Iracema beach and Mereiles. Again, the alternatives are the quieter eastern Praia do Futuro (I and II) beaches.

Tickets

Tickets for Ceará matches can be bought at the club stores at the Av. Barão de Studart 1501 in central Fortazleza or at the Av. Bezerra de Menezes toward the west of Fortaleza. Tickets are usually also available at the ticket windows of Castelão on the day of the match.

Tickets typically range in price from R$ 30.00 for a seat behind the goal to R$ 120.00 for a premium seat.

Tickets for Fortaleza matches can be bought at the club office at the Pici complex, or at the Fortaleza store at the Av. Dom Luis 10 in central Fortaleza. Tickets are generally also available at the ticket windows of Castelão on the day of the match.

Ticket prices typically range from R$ 30.00 for an upper-tier seat behind the goal to R$ 120.00 for a premium seat.

Both clubs may at times use the smaller Estádio Presdidente Vargas for lower-profile matches.

Stadium tours

The Arena Castelão occasionally hosts stadium tours. For more information email visitaguiada@arenacastelao.com or call +55 3264 8134.

Photos

Relevant Internet links

Cearasc.com – Official website of Ceará SC.
Fortalezaec.net – Official website of Fortaleza EC.