The Arena Castelao which was originally called the 'Estadio Governador Placido Aderaldo Castelo' opened in 1973 with a match between Ceara SC and Fortaleza EC.
The venue was built after the initiative of state governor Placido Castelo, after whom the stadium was originally named. The stadium initially consisted of one continuous oval-shaped stand with ramps at both sides. The venue did not yet have a roof and held around 70,000 spectators.
A second tier was added in 1980 brining the capacity up to around 118,000 and in 2002 the stadium finally received a roof, but further renovations brought the capacity back down to around 60,000.
Work to make the stadium fit for the 2014 World Cup began in 2011 and involved the demolition and complete reconstruction of the bottom tier and the roof. The Arena Castelao is set to host six World Cup matches including one round of 16 match and a quarter-final.
Facts: Opened in 1973, the Arena Castelao is home to Ceara SC and Fortaleza EC.
|Group D||Uruguay||vs||Costa Rica|
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