Venue Guide: Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador

World Cup 2014: Arena Fonte Nova Stadium

Arena Fonte Nova

Stadium name: Complexo Esportivo Cultural Professor Octávio Mangabeira
Location: Salvador, Brazil
Capacity: 52,048
Opened: 2013
Home To: EC Bahia and EC Vitoria
Cost: 590 million reals – $270m

The Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova is located in Salvador, Bahia and was built in place of the older Estádio Fonte Nova.
Officially known as Complexo Esportivo Cultural Professor Octávio Mangabeira, the stadium has light roof covered with membrane, stands divided into three tiers allowing fans to enjoy the beautiful lagoon view that could become concert stage on non-sporting occasions. The complex around Arena Fonte Nova includes a panoramic restaurant, museum of football, car parks, shops, and hotels. The new arena will host four group matches, round of 16, and quarter final during FIFA World Cup 2014.

2014 World Cup Fixtures – Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador

Match Date / Time Stage Results
3 13 June / 16:00 Group B Spain vs Netherlands
13 16 June / 13:00 Group G Germany vs Portugal
25 20 June / 16:00 Group E Switzerland vs France
44 25 June / 13:00 Group F Bosnia – Herzegovina vs Iran
56 01 July / 17:00 Roud of 16 1H 2G
59 05 July / 17:00 Quarterfinals W51 W52

Host City: Salvador, Brazil

Salvador is the capital of the Northeastern Brazilian state of Bahia and was the first capital of the country. It is also known as Brazil’s capital of happiness due to the biggest carnival on the planet. Salvador is considered to be the world’s biggest African city outside of Africa has earned Salvador the nickname of the Black Rome due to the presence of African elements in many cultural aspects.
The city’s historical centre Pelourinho with its churches and colourful colonial buildings have been declared as World Heritage Site by UNESCO. A notable feature of the city is the Elevador Lacerda which is connecting the Cidade Baixa and Cidade Alta (Low City and High City). The other remarkable sights are the Modelo Market, Salvador Basilica, the Santo Antônio da Barra Fort, the São Francisco Convent and the Barra Lighthouse etc.