Club: – | Opening: 2013 | Capacity: 71,412 seats
History and description
Estádio Nacional de Brasília Mané Garrincha got built to service as Brazil’s new national stadium and to be one of the playing venues of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Construction of the stadium started in 2010 at the site of the old Estádio Mané Garrincha, which earlier got completely demolished. The project had a budget of R$ 688 million, to be financed by the local government, though final costs surpassed R$ 1 billion. Various delays and strikes plagued the project.
The design of Estádio Nacional de Brasília was inspired by the works of architect Oscar Niemeyer, famous for his role in the design of the city of Brasilia. Most characteristic feature are the 288 pillars that form the exterior and are holding up the roof.
Estádio Nacional de Brasília officially opened on 18 May 2013 with a friendly match between local sides Brasilia and Brasiliense.
In the end, none of the local clubs moved into the much-too-large stadium, but they do occasionally use it for high-profile matches. The stadium furthermore hosts a few home matches of Brazil’s large teams from Rio and Sao Paulo every year.
During the 2014 World Cup, the stadium hosted four first round group matches, a round of 16 match, the quarter-final between Argentina and Belgium (1-0) and the match for third place between Netherlands and Brazil (3-0). It was furthermore one of the playing venues of the 2013 Confederations Cup.
How to get to Estadio Nacional de Brasilia
Estádio Nacional de Brasília Mané Garrincha is located in central Brasilia toward the western end of the Eixo Monumental (Monumental Axis) avenue, between the TV Tower and the JK Memorial.
The stadium lies about 1.5 kilometres from metro station Central, which has connections either by metro or bus to many destinations within the Brasilia urban area. Take a bus that runs along the Eixo Monumental to get from Central to the stadium if you wish to avoid the walk as Brasilia is not too pedestrian friendly.
The principal Rodoferroviaria long-distance bus terminal is situated at the western end of the Eixo Monumental at about 4.5 kilometres from Estádio Nacional de Brasília. Local buses connect the bus terminal with the stadium and city centre.
Address: Srpn Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha s/n, Brasília – DF, 70070-701
Eat, drink, and sleep near Estadio Nacional de Brasilia
Estádio Nacional de Brasília Mané Garrincha is located in central Brasilia at walking distance of many of the city’s tourist destinations, however Brasilia is a city made for cars and walking around in the area surrounding the stadium is far from a pleasant experience.
Most of Brasilia’s eating and drinking goes on in the many shopping malls the city boasts. Brasília Shopping is a sizeable one and located at just a few hundred metres east from the stadium.
The area east of Estádio Nacional furthermore holds a good amount of hotels, though most come in the middle to upper price range. Allia Gran Hotel, Mercure Brasilia, and Nobile Suites Monumental all get very good reviews, though prices can run high during the week. Plaza Bittar Hotel and Hotel Pilar are a little further away, but also somewhat more affordable.
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Photos of Estadio Nacional de Brasilia
Useful Internet links
Metro.df.gov.br – Information on the Brasilia metro system.