In light of the FIFA World Cup semifinals going on right now in Brazil, I thought it would be fun to tell you some interesting facts about Five Star Painting’s connection to the World Cup through three stadiums we assisted in painting that are being used in the tournament. Yep, we helped paint three of those huge arenas. Talk about a big job.
Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador
Originally constructed in 1951, the Fonte Nova Arena was rebuilt using 92 percent of the materials from the original building. Reconstruction cost $267 million and took 32 months to complete. The Fonte Nova was the third stadium to be completed in preparation for the 2014 World Cup tournament. With a maximum capacity of 51, 900 it has hosted six matches for this event, the last one being Belgium vs. USA where the final score was 2-1, in favor of Belgium.
This stadium is rumored to be scheduled for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Mane Garrincha National Stadium, Brasilia
A whopping capacity of 69,349 makes Garrinch National the second largest stadium hosting the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Construction of the original arena was completed in 1974 and extensive reconstruction was completed in June of 2013 for $900 million, making this the most expensive World Cup venue and the second most expensive soccer stadium in the world next to Wembley Stadium in England.
The next match that will be held at this venue will be on July 12 where Brazil and the Netherlands will compete for third place.
Beira-Rio Stadium, Porto Alegre
The need for the Beira–Rio stadium arose when the interest from fans increased beyond the capacity of the Dos Eucaliptos arena which was a host venue for the World cup in 1950. Construction of the original Beira-Rio stadium began in 1959, took ten years to complete and was largely dependent on the donations of the land and building materials from the fans, including bricks, cement, and iron works. When Beire-Rio was selected as a venue for the 2014 World Cup reconstruction began in 2012 and because of delays due to finances, was not completed until early in 2014 in time for the tournament. The capacity of this arena is 51,300 and hosted five of the World Cup matches in June.
If you ever have a chance to visit one of these stadiums, take a picture of it and post it on our Facebook page. Let me know which stadium you are at, and then stop and admire the wonderful paint job for me.