Arena Pantanal Stadium, Cuiaba

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MSN takes a closer look at the Cuiaba stadium

MSN gives you access to the Arena Pantanal Stadium, Cuiaba, one of the host venues for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil See Gallery

Stadium name: Arena Pantanal
Location: Cuiaba
Capacity: 42,968
Opened: 2014

Replacing the Estadio Jose Fragelli, the brand new, purpose-built Arena Pantanal will host four group stage fixtures at the 2014 World Cup.

Constructed at the very geographical centre of South America, the venue is surrounded by plant land and wildlife that overspills from the Pantanal swamp region of Brazil, where the stadium takes its name from. The surrounding environment has been made a feature too, with trees and plants weaved into each corner of the stadium.

Like several of Brazil’s venues, sustainability has been at the core of the Patanal’s construction. Wood has been sourced from only approved providers, while waste has been recycled and reused again during the project. The quality of the air and soil on location is monitored and managed too, leading to the attribution of the arena’s nickname O Verdão’ (The Big Green).

After the World Cup, the stadium will be adapted to host other events and local sides Mixto and Operario may also take advantage of the new facilities.

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A view from the lower tier

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The stadium's specially designed corners, where trees will grow

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The freshly laid pitch is watered

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View from the upper tier

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Pitchside view of the stadium

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The stadium pictured from the upper tier

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An aerial view of the stadium

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The stadium's exterior and its surrounding area