Venue Guide: Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte

World Cup 2014: Estadio Mineirao Stadium

Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte

Stadium name: Estadio Governador Magalhaes Pinto
Location: Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Capacity: 64,000
Opened: 1965 Reconstruction finished in 2012
Home To: Atletico Mineiro and Cruzeiro Esporte Clube
Cost: $287 million spent on reconstruction

The second largest football stadium in Brazil after Maracana was established in 1965 in Belo Horizonte. The official name of stadium that belongs to the Minas Gerais state government is the Estadio Governador Magalhaes Pinto. The venue is home for former national champions Atletico Mineiro and Cruzeiro. It is renovated in 2012 to hosting four group matches, round of 16 and one semi-final at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The modernization includes a facility to capture and store up to 6,270,000 litres of rainwater which can then be reused. Such football legends like Ronaldo, Dario, Reinaldo, and Tostao regularly play here.

2014 World Cup Fixtures – Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte

Match Date / Time Stage Results
5 14 June / 13:00 Group C Colombia vs Greece
15 17 June / 13:00 Group H Belgium vs Algeria
27 21 June / 13:00 Group F Argentina vs Iran
40 24 June / 13:00 Group D Costa Rica vs England
49 28 June / 13:00 Round of 16 1A Brazil 1 – 1 Chile Pen.3 -2 2B
61 08 July / 17:00 Semi-finals W57 Brazil vs Germany W58

Host City: Belo Horizonte, Brazil

The third largest Brazilian metropolis, Belo Horizonte is also known as Beaga after the sound of initials BH in Portuguese. Being the capital city of the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais it became also cultural capital with brand new museums and a expanding arts scene. The city with a number of large parks is built on several hills and is completely surrounded by mountains. It is home for some famous Brazilian artistic bands known for their creative dances worldwide and performing with self-built musical instruments. The popular attraction to see are the Memorial Minas Gerais, Sao Francisco de Assis Church, Museu de Arte Pampulha, the neo-Gothic Boa Viagem Cathedral, Praca do Papa, etc.