Arena Corinthians

The Arena Corinthians, also known as the Arena de Sao Paulo, is a new, state-of-the-art football stadium in Sao Paolo, Brazil. The venue is owned and operated by the football club, Corinthians, who have added additional seating capacity to the venue for the 2014 Football World Cup.

The Arena Corinthians will serve as one of the most important venues at the 2014 Football World Cup, and has been selected to host a Round of 16 fixture as well as one of the semifinals.

Construction and history

The Arena Corinthians was originally commissioned by Brazilian football club, Corinthians, to replace the Estadio de Pacaembu as their home venue. Construction of the stadium began in 2011, with plans for the stadium developed by architect Anibal Coutinho.

Construction of the Arena Corinthians was already underway when it was selected as a venue for the 2014 Football World Cup. The Morumbi Stadium had originally been delegated hosting rights in Sao Paolo, but was scrapped as a venue when funding for refurbishments fell through.

As a result of late selection as a World Cup venue, extensive changes had to be made to the original plans for the Arena Corinthians, which almost tripled the price of the project. As part of the agreement the seating capacity of the tournament has been raised by almost 20,000 seats for the duration of the 2014 World Cup.

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