World Cup stadium rundown: Arena de Sao Paulo

View of the Arena Corinthians stadium on May 10, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The Arena Corinthians will host the opening match of the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 between Brazil and Croatia on June 12. Photo: AFP PHOTO/Miguel SCHINCARIOL

Key stats
Location: São Paulo, São Paulo
Capacity: 65,807
Constructed: 2014
Matches to be hosted: Brazil v Croatia (Group A) June 12, 2014; Uruguay v England (Group D) June 19, 2014; Netherlands v Chile (Group B) June 23, 2014; Korea Republic v Belgium (Group H) June 26, 2014; Last 16 1F v 2E July 1, 2014; Semi finals W59 v W60 July 9, 2014

Arena de Sao Paulo, or Arena Carinthians as it is also known, is situated in South America's largest city and will host the opening match of the World Cup between Brazil and Croatia on June 12.

The stadium was inaugurated as recently as May 10, 2014 with a match between Corinthians and Figueirense marking the first football action at the venue.

The stadium has been nicknamed 'Itaquerao', thanks to it being located in the lower-middle class district of Itaquera in Sao Paolo's east side.

Costing $450.5 million, Arena de Sao Paulo is another World Cup stadium that raised FIFA eyebrows and courted controversy during its construction.

It missed its completion deadline of December 31, 2013 following a series of delays, most notably when part of the stadium collapsed in November 2013, killing two workers. Another worker died in March 2014 after falling from the stands while installing flooring.

In addition a high profile demonstration, organised by Movimento dos Trabalhadores Sem-Teto (The Homeless Workers' Movement) close to the stadium has made headlines in recent months.

The ongoing rally, which consists of 4,000 families who have occupied a large area of private ground near the stadium, is attempting to highlight the plight of the homeless and escalating rent around Sao Paulo. The demonstrators argue that overblown government spending on the World Cup has resulted in an average 97% cost increase in rented accommodation since mid-2008.


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