Key facts

Club: SC Corinthians Paulista | Opening: 1940 | Capacity: 40,199 seats

History and description

Estádio do Pacaembu officially opened on the 27th of April 1940. The first match, as part of a double match, was played one day later between Palmeiras and Coritiba (6-2). The match was immediately followed by one between Corinthians and Atlético Mineiro (4-2). Pacaembu could hold about 70,000 spectators at that time.

The record attendance of the stadium was set two years later when 71,281 people visited the derby between Corinthians and São Paulo.

Pacaembu was one of the six playing venues of the 1950 World Cup. The stadium hosted three matches during the first group phase, and, together with Maracaña, another three during the final group phase.

In 1961 the stadium changed its name to Estádio Municipal Paulo Machado de Carvalho, though this name never caught on and the people kept referring to the stadium as Pacaembu.

A new stand was built in 1970, but after the stadium hardly changed. In May 2011 construction of the Arena Corinthians started. This new 48,000-seater stadium is set to replace Pacaembu as of 2013. It will also be one of the playing venues of the 2014 World Cup.

Pacaembu is also occasionally used by Santos and Palmeiras, the latter while they wait for the completion of their currently under construction Arena Palestra Itália.

(photos of the present Pacaembu below)

Getting there

Estádio do Pacaembu is located about 3 kilometres east of downtown São Paulo. The stadium furthermore lies about a kilometre north, slightly uphill, from the northern part of the Avenida Paulista (and its entertainments and shopping areas). It is situated in a generally well-off neighbourhood.

Pacaembu lies a 15-minute walk away from metro station Paulista, which is on the yellow line 4 and also runs through downtown.

Station Clínicas, on the green line 2, is located at a similar distance, whereas stations Sumare and Conolação, on the same line, are only a few minutes further away.

Address: Praça Charles Miller s/n, São Paulo


Tickets for Corinthians games can be bought online, at the ticket counters (bilheterias) at the Pacaembu, or at the club’s offices at the Parque São Jorge in the far north-east of the city.

Tickets can also be bought at the gates of the stadium on the day of the match. Corinthians only sell outs the occasional very high-profile match.

Ticket prices range from R$30.00 to R$100.00. VIP places go for R$180.00.

Stadium tours

Estádio do Pacaembu houses the Museu do Futebol, Brazil’s national football museum.

The museum opens from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Entrance costs R$ 6.00.


Relevant Internet links – Official website of SC Corinthians Paulista. – Official tourism site of the city of São Paulo. – Information about the São Paulo metro.