Natal - Arena das Dunas
The Arena das Dunas, aka the Dunas Arena, is located in the city of Natal in northeastern Brazil. The impressive 45,000 capacity stadium was designed by International Stadium Architect Christopher Lee, who works for Populous, and built in place of the Machadão stadium, which was demolished in 2011.
The stadium features a unique roof/upper tier in the shape of petals, which is designed to allow the sea breeze to flow into the arena, while the petals shield out the sun. The general structure of the stadium is also being designed to imitate sand dunes which are very famous in this part of the country. The area is counting down the days until the 2014 World Cup gets underway, with the stadium expected to host four group stage matches.
|Local Team:||América Futebol Clube|
2014 World Cup Fixtures - Arena des Dunas
|13 Jun||17:00||ITV||Mexico 1 - 0 Cameroon||Natal|
|16 Jun||23:00||BBC||Ghana 1 - 2 United States||Natal|
|19 Jun||23:00||BBC||Japan 0 - 0 Greece||Natal|
|24 Jun||17:00||ITV||Italy 0 - 1 Uruguay||Natal|
5 things you need to know about Natal!
- Natal's main import is tourism.
- It is the capital city of the northeastern state of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil.
- It is home to the largest cashew tree in the world.
- The word “Natal” means Christmas in Portuguese
- It is known as the 'The city of the sun' and 'The city of the dunes'
Fun Fact: Natal receives more than 3000 hours of sunshine every year!
Humidity is around 97% during June. 148 feet above sea level.
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