Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha

The Estadio Nacional Mane Garrinicha is a 72,888 capacity all-seater stadium located in the province of Brasilia, Brazil. The stadium is one of the most important venues for the 2014 Football World Cup, as it will host group games, a Round of 16 fixture, a quarterfinal and the 3rd/4th place playoff.

Construction and history

The Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha was opened in 1974, with the venue intended to serve as an all-purpose stadium. The stadium is named after Manuel Francisco Dos Santons (aka Mane Garrincha), who won the World Cup twice playing for Brazil.

In 2010 the original stadium was demolished and work began on a design by architect Oscar Niemeyer in order to prepare the venue for the 2014 Football World Cup.

The materials salvaged from the demolished stadium were recycled and recovered for use in building the new facility. The new stadium features a state of the art roof that can collect rainwater which can be used to water the pitch.

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