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stadiums-of-the-world-cup-headerAs Brazil prepares for the FIFA World Cup 2014, more stadiums are built.

As June 6 approaches, Brazil is working to complete the construction of six stadiums that will be used during the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The global soccer event is scheduled to begin on June 12 through July 13 and will host 32 teams from all around the globe. While there has been some controversy surrounding the construction of certain stadiums, excitement remains for athletes, fans and officials of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. 

Each stadium caters to the needs of soccer fans as well as each of the teams playing in them and resemble the region of Brazil they come from. Since a large portion of Brazil is covered with the Amazon Rainforest, many stadiums are designed to reduce, reuse and recycle the amount of waste that is produced during soccer matches. 

The Stadiums

  • Estadio Mineirao: Constructed in 1965 and capable of holding 62,547 fans this stadium has been redesigned to improve accessibility and increase environmental sustainability.
  • Estadio Nacional de Brasilia: Constructed in 2012 and capable of holding 68,009 fans, this stadium was founded on the idea of carbon neutrality, access to public transport and recycling.
  • Arena Panthanal: Constructed in 2014 and capable of holding 42,968 fans, this stadiums central theme is the flora-fauna environment that is associated with Pantanal, a region of Brazil.
  • Arena de Baixada: Constructed in 1914 and renovated in 2012, this stadium is considered one of the most modern and best maintained stadium in Brazil.
  • Estadio Castelano: Constructed in 1973 and capable of holding 64,846 fans, stadium renovations have added underground parking, executive boxes and a media center.
  • Arena Amazonia: Constructed in 2013, this stadium is designed to mirror was the Amazon region is famous for, straw baskets. It's also considered a sustainable stadium as rainwater will be collected and used in toilets.
  • Estadio das Dunas: Construction on this stadium began in December 2013 in order to meet the requirements set by the World Cup. It has yet to be completed.
  • Estadio Beira-Rio: Capable of holding 48,849 fans, this stadium will host five games at the FIFA World Cup. It is considered the largest stadium in Brazil.
  • Arena Pernambuco: Capable of holding 44,248 fans, this stadium is still under construction but will hold restaurants, shopping centers and movie theaters.
  • Estadio do Maracana: Located in the center of Rio de Janeiro this stadium has been redesigned for improved visibility, expanded access ramps and rainwater collection.
  • Arena Fonte Nova: After renovations on a 1951 stadium, this arena is able to hold 52,048 World Cup fans. It will host six matches of the World Cup.
  • Arena de Sao Paulo: Constructed in 2014 and capable of seating over 65,807 fans, this stadium employed over 6,000 people throughout the process of construction.

The World Cup begins on June 6, 2014 and fans from around the world are anticipating each match. Out of 207 teams in the FIFA organization, 32 will be playing at the World Cup. Will you be watching? Let us know who you'll be rooting for!

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