Arena Amazonia Stadium, Manaus

By Thomas Oakey Stringer/Brazil
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MSN takes a closer look at the Manaus stadium

MSN heads to the Amazonian Rainforest to check out the Arena Amazonia Stadium in Manaus, a venue for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil See Gallery

Stadium name: Arena Amazonia
Location: Manaus
Capacity: 42,374
Opened: 2013

Located in the north-west of Brazil, on the Amazon River and at the heart of the rainforest, the Arena Amazonia offers a truly spectacular setting and something a little different to the beach-dwelling venues up and down the country’s east coast.

It’s the Amazonia’s unique setting that provides the main influences of the stadium too. The alluring design of the glowing, criss-cross structure is akin to the straw baskets famously exported from the area, while the preservation of the Amazonian rainforest’s diversity has been central to construction. Indeed, rainwater collected will be reused in toilets and to hydrate the pitch, while the abundance of sunshine the area receives will provide the stadium with a renewable energy source.

At the 2014 World Cup, the Arena Amazonia will host four group ties, before being adapted to become a concert and cultural venue after the event.

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Aerial view of the stadium

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A view of the outside of the stadium and the surrounding city

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The stadium's criss-cross exterior

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The pitch from above

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The view from the stands before the stadium's inauguration in March 2014

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The view from the media balcony

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The stands fill up before the stadium's inaugural match

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Nacional players warm up inside the stadium ahead of the inaugural match

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The stadium's unique structures glows in the dark