Pernambuco Arena The Pernambuco Arena was built in São Lourenço da Mata (Recife’s metropolitan region) and delivered on 14 April 2013. The ground was the stage of three Confederations Cup matches. The stadium has a seating capacity of 46 thousand people, with 4,700 parking spaces. The arena adopts a multi-purpose concept so that after the tournament, it may be used as a venue for concerts, conventions and other events.

Built with resources from a public private partnership between the state government and the Pernambuco Arena Group, the stadium is a 46 thousand seater and has had investments in the order of R$ 532 million, R$ 400 million of which as a loan from the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES).

With a built-up area of 128 thousand square metres, the stadium has six storeys. In order to have access to the 20 thousand square metres of the stands, fitted with retractable seats and the 102 boxes, there are eight lifts, 13 escalators and eight ramps. All seats in the stadium are red, in homage to the state’s three main football clubs: Sport, Náutico and Santa Cruz, which all have red as part of their colours.

The common areas bring together 42 food kiosks and two restaurants. There are 84 toilets, in addition to 32 booths for people with special needs. There are 4,700 parking spaces, but the mobility plan anticipates the building of a metro station approximately two kilometres away from the stadium, encouraging the use of public transport.

Pitch and changing rooms

There are four changing rooms available for players and technical staff. The rooms are around 200 square metres each and equipped with toilets, showers, warm-up area, room for the manager, massage room, two bathtubs and lockers. The pitch chosen is the Tifway 419 Bermuda grass, which is suitable for and resistant to tropical climates.

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Safety/security and health

In relation to security, the venue is equipped with 271 cameras, 34 of which of the high definition type. The arena may be evacuated in up to eight minutes. If needed, there are nine first aid areas, a medical clinic and five ambulances.

In addition, there will be stewards in all sectors, who will ensure that punters are able to find their numbered seats. During matches and events, two LED high resolution 77 square metre screens, will be used to pass on audiovisual information to the public.


One of the requirements made by the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) before a loan could be approved, was for construction projects to adopt sustainability criteria. The project of the Pernambuco Arena has provided for solar power and rainwater to be captured, as well as the use of natural ventilation and the management of solid waste. During its development, the project employed measures for selective rubbish collection, prevention against smoking and water was reused to wash the wheels of lorries.  

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Designed based on a multi-purpose concept, every year, the venue shall set aside 70 dates for football. The other dates will be set aside for other sporting events, concerts, trade shows and conventions. According to information provided by the state government, the Pernambuco Arena represents the beginning of a new urban centre. The stadium is the first venue to be built at the ‘World Cup City’ (Cidade da Copa), an area with 242 hectares that aims to being together housing, offices, educational institutions and leisure areas. The project is expected to be delivered in the next 15 years and 10 thousand direct jobs should be generated as a result until 2024.

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The stadium will be the stage of five 2014 World Cup matches. Four matches in the group stage and one in the round of sixteen: