If you’re a football (fútbol) fan, you know it’s not just a game – it’s a way of life. This summer, the 2014 FIFA World Cup has literately taken Brazil by storm. Spread across from coast to coast and the heart of Brazil, thirty two countries were unified under one roof.
“The FIFA World Cup being held in such a multi-cultural society is bound to bring people together. There are no differences in football; social classes don’t exist.”
FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter quotes that such an event will only bring people together from around the world. Brazil 2014 will involve thirty two teams and twelve host cities across the five regions of Brazil, featuring modern stadiums which have been built or renovated for the tournament. They represent the jewel in the crown of the respective cities.
Whether it is the main structure or supporting roofing and facades, steel was the material of choice for all newly build or renovated venues due to its strength, versatility and aesthetical advantages.
– Nossa Que Aço! – Thats Our Steel! –
Arena Amazônia, Manaus: Considered the structural impact – the Amazônia Arena used steel in its robust structure in the shape of a huge indigenous basket, with 72 X-shaped modules.
Baixada Arena, Curitiba: Considered one of Brazil’s most modern and best-appointed stadiums. Steel contributed with the structure covering the 196-meter central span, composed of two trussed beams, with 10 meters in height.
Corinthians Arena, Sao Paulo: Known as the modern giant – the steel structure of the huge free span extends 120 meters between the East and West wings. The cover is supported by two large-sized steel trusses, with up to 75 meters in length, weighing 12 tons each.
Fonte Nova Arena, Salvador: Harmonized with the beauty of its surroundings, the 36,000 m²cover of the Fonte Nova Arena was executed with a light steel structure base.
Pantanal Arena, Cuiabá: Especially built for Brazil 2014, the sustainable approach for its central theme of construction and maintenance was nicknamed O Verdão’ (The Big Green). The stadium’s steel structure is coated by a perforated membrane composed of PVC (50%) and textile fiber (50%).
Pernambuco Arena, Recife: In the cover, a surprising structure consist of special cable-stayed steel. In the façade, a layer composed of pneumatic cushions which provided its description as the special mesh structure.
Beira Rio, Porto Alegre: The new “luxurious envelope” Beira-Rio, is aesthetically one of the most overwhelming stadiums. It was made possible by the use of a steel structure comprising 65 steel leaf-shaped portals. The steel structure supporting each of the 65 leaves weighs 40 tons, with 38 m of height and 53 m of width.
Castelão Arena, Fortaleza: With a breathtaking façade, which used 12,000 m² of stainless steel plates, and its structure of trussed portals similar to a sailboat, the Castelão Arena was the first stadium to be finished for the World Cup.
Dunas Arena, Natal: The application of steel in the cover allowed the lightness and beauty of geometry, with an architectural project re-interpreting the wavy shapes of the dunes present in the local landscape.
Mineirão Arena, Belo Horizonte: The integrated concrete-steel solution that combines preservation and modernization of the stadium keeping its tradition and modernity.
Brasília National Stadium, Brasília: The city’s Estadio Nacional has been all but demolished to make way for the stadium, which boasts a new facade, metal roof and stands, as well as a lowered pitch enabling unobstructed views from every seat.
Maracanã Arena, Rio de Janeiro: The use of steel modernized the stadium’s structures thus making it Brazil’s biggest football ground. The final showdown of the tournament will take place at Maracanã.
From the players to the fans and the overall football culture, steel brought nations together. Steel brought people from all over the world under one roof. For the love of the game, steel supported the stadium structures so that fans can support their country.
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Jovelle W. // SMC Editor
International Trade and Marketing Specialist