Brazil: Why the North-East is the Place to be

Lucas Lacombe and Ricardo Demarchi from MEI show readers just what the north-east region of Brazil has to offer both events organisers and visitors when it comes to major sporting events.

Brazil’s north-eastern region boasts some of the most famous places in the country for tourists to visit. Its natural beauty, cultural diversity and regional cuisine offer something that can enchant all visitors. Porto de Galinhas, in Pernambuco, with its natural pools, white sand and warm water, and Jericoacoara in Ceará, with perfect blue waters and a breath taking sunset are among the most beautiful beaches in Brazil.

The region is set to feature heavily during the 2014 FIFA World Cup and at the time of writing, four host venues in the region were on average 62.5% completed. Fortaleza took the lead with 89% completion while Natal risked ‘relegation’ with only 33%.



1 Castelão - Fortaleza (89%)

7 Arena Corinthians - São Paulo (51%)

2 Mineirão - Belo Horizonte (78%) 

8 Arena Pantanal - Cuiabá (47%)

3 Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha - Brasília (76%)

9 Arena da Baixada - Curitiba (45%)

4 Fonte Nova - Salvador (70%)

10 Arena da Amazônia - Manaus (45%)

5 Maracanã - Rio de Janeiro (66%) 

11 Beira Rio Porto Alegre (38%) 

6 Arena Pernambuco - Grande Recife (58%) 

12 Arena das Dunas - Natal (33%)



With 89% the work of Castelão completed, it there has been significant progress in levelling off the field and sanitation network. The next step will be planting the pitch grass. At the top of the building, the porches and scissors trusses are ready to receive the tiles sandwich, composed of two faces of metal and insulating foam padding. The stadium, which has 1,600 employees, is considered the most advanced among the 12 FIFA World Cup venues.


In September 2012, the consortium responsible for the project began to hoist the cable coverage. The process was expected to last until the end of November. The assembly of the superstructure, consisting of columns, beams, slabs and seats at Fonte Nova, has been completed. The foundations of the parking space are at 85% completion and the flooring at 70%. The electrical network, hydraulic lifts and IT have reached 48% completion. The stadium has 3,000 workers at the construction site and claims to be 70% completed.


With 58% of the work completed so far and with 4,000 employees, Arena Pernambuco had its first metal pillar mounted on the roof and is likely to become the sixth venue of the Confederations Cup. Altogether, there are 68 columns supporting the roof of 20 000 m². The superstructure of the stadium, however, is 70% complete with the seating area reaching almost 62% completion. Having to prepare the basic infrastructure from road system to parking lots, the stadium has already scheduled its opening game for 14 April 2013. 


The construction company OAS has started assembling the bleachers in the southern sector and has nearly finished those on the western section of the Arena das Dunas. The assembly should be concluded early in 2013. In the eastern sector, the installation of the beams is underway. The Potiguar stadium lags behind with only 33% completion.


The North-East and the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup

Three out of the six Brazilian hosting cities for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup tournament are located in the north-east of Brazil, a sign that the region is growing and able to welcome world class events.

Arena Pernambuco (Recife–Pernambuco) and Arena Fonte Nova (Salvador – Bahia) joined the Castleão (Fortaleza – Ceará) to be the three stadiums located in the north-east of Brazil hosting the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup. The venues were confirmed by the Local Organising Committee (LOC) earlier this month in São Paulo.

The stadium, located in Greater Recife (São Lourenço da Mata) was the main pending venue for the Confederation Cup. Scheduled to open in April 2013, it is now 70.6% ready though it was considered at risk of being left out of the competition. The decision over Arena Pernambuco created an enormous buzz around the confirmation event.

Concerns had also been raised about Salvador being one of six venues for the tournament. The city should now host the opening match of the Confederations Cup on 20 June 2013. The second game, also for the first stage, will take place two days later. The decision for the third place in the Competition should be the last game that the Fonte Nova Arena will host.

Brasilia, Belo Horizonte and Rio de Janeiro were already certain names for the Confederation Cup that will take place between 15and 30 June 2013. Meanwhile, seven teams are already confirmed: Brazil, Spain, Japan, Mexico, Uruguay, Italy and Tahiti. The eighth spot goes to the winner of the African Cup of Nations 2013 set to be decided on 10 February 2013.

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