As one of the three major football clubs in Sao Paulo, the Sport Club Corinthians Paulista, which has the most supporters, has never had its own stadium that meets the required specifications. The dream of Corinthians has finally come true with the construction of the Arena Corinthians, the stadium for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The Arena Corinthians, also known as the Sao Paulo Arena, is located in the Itaquerón neighborhood of the eastern district of Sao Paulo, Brazil, so some people directly call it the Itaquerón Stadium. Until 2020, Corinthians managed to seal a naming rights partnership; it is known as Neo Química Arena for 20 long years.
In June 2010, FIFA canceled the qualification of the Morumbi Stadium to host the 2014 World Cup, then Arena Corinthians became the one of vanues for the World Cup. On June 12, 2014, five games of the 2014 World Cup were held here, including the opening ceremony and the opening game participated by the host team. Let's get more information about the Arena Corinthians.
Arena Corinthians Size And Structure
The construction of Arena Corinthians has greatly promoted the development of the East Side of Sao Paulo, which is the poorest area in Sao Paulo, where about 4 million people live. About 6,000 people were directly or indirectly employed in the construction of the stadium. Building works started in May 2011 and were planned to be completed in December 2013. On November 28, 2013, the area under construction suffered a severe collapse, killing three workers. This accident has also become an important reason for the delay in the construction period. Arena Corinthians was urgently completed before the opening of the 2014 World Cup.
Arena Corinthians has been transformed into a rectangular stadium. Its biggest feature is the east outer wall of the stadium, there is a four high-resolution 30 by 7.5 meters LED screens, which is the largest screens in world's stadiums. The stadium's roof is also one of the largest in the world at 170 meters long and 20 meters wide. On the west side of the stadium, the world's largest glass exterior wall was installed.
Arena Corinthians Capacity
Since 2015, Arena Corinthians has been the home stadium of Brazilian club Corinthians, with a design capacity of 48,234, including 1,122 disabled seats. However, due to the regulations of the 2014 World Cup, 21,000 temporary seats were added on both ends, and the expanded capacity is 68,727 people. At peak, the stands have 9 floors that comprise 3 floors of underground parking, hospitality spaces for up to 10,000 people, club offices, convention centre and all the press infrastructure required. The west grandstand offers 4 large suites (81-84 people) and 85 smaller skyboxes (12-27 people).
|Capacity during FIFA World Cup 2014||68,727|
|Pitch Size||105 x 68 m|
|LED Screen Size||30 x 7.5 m|
|Roof Size||170 x 20 m|
The Sport Club Corinthians Paulista have been applying for a new stadium since the late twentieth century, but four successive designs have failed to move forward. It wasn't until Brazil won the bid to host the 2014 World Cup that this opportunity became a reality. Apart from Corinthians games and the 2014 World Cup the stadium was also selected for football matches of the 2016 Olympics, also being designed to hold other events. Sao Paulo is the largest city in South America and the city with the worst traffic congestion in Brazil. Unlike the stadiums in other regions, Arena Corinthians is next to the subway station, and it only takes 40 minutes from the city center.