- Location: Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
- Capacity: 56,000
- Opened: April 6 1969
- Reopened: February 20 2014
- New or upgrade: Upgrade
- Status: Ready
- Full name: Estádio José Pinheiro Borda
- Home ground of: Sport Club Internacional
- Interesting fact: Beira-Rio is located beautifully next to the Guaíba River
Estádio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre is named after José Pinheiro Borda who was a Portuguese engineer and supervised the building of the stadium. However, he died before completion in 1969.
Brazilians however, know the stadium as the Beira-Rio (by the river), which comes from the stadium’s location. Beira-Rio is located next to the rio Guaíba which means the Guaíba river. (rio means river). However the river is now considered a lake thus the name lago Guaíba is also used (lago means lake).
Estádio Beira-Rio is the biggest stadium of South Brazil. Its field has recently been chosen as the best in an election by captains of 20 professional Brazilian football teams. People often call it the “Gigante do Beira-Rio” (The Giant of Beira-Rio) and is owned by Internacional. Supporters of Internacional contributed to the construction in the 60’s by bringing bricks, concrete and iron.
The stadium states “Campeão do Mundo” (World Cup champions), since Internacional won the 2006 FIFA Club World Cup.
The location of the Estádio Beira-Rio is considered as 1 of the most beautiful stadium locations which are well worth the visit.
There was a fierce discussion regarding which stadium in Porto Alegre would host the 2014 World Cup matches. Next to the Estádio Beira-Rio, there was the Arena Grêmio which belongs to another FIFA Club World Cup team: Grêmio FBPA. Their stadium was in construction and was already in the advanced stage; however the Beira-Rio was eventually chosen. Such a stadium debate only occurred in the host city Porto Alegre.
Estádio Beira-Rio was officially reopened on the 20th of February 2014. The deadline was initially 31st of December 2013. In October 2013 a delegation consisting of members of FIFA, the Local Organising Committee (LOC) and the Ministry of Sport visited Beira-Rio to analyze its current status. FIFA secretary General Jérôme Valcke then stated there were no worries or doubts about Beira-Rio being ready in time.
However it turned out Beira-Rio was close to be completed before December 31, but didn’t reach the deadline. In fact none of the then 6 unfinished stadiums reached the deadline of 31st of December 2013. Estádio Beira-Rio became the 8th World Cup Brazil stadium to be finished for the 2014 World Cup.
Estádio Beira-Rio contains a chapel, stores, car park, events center and bars. However, currently the stadium is being renovated and improved by the owner S.C. Internacional, in order to adapt to an international standard for hosting 5 World Cup matches. This project contains the name “Gigante para Sempre” (A Giant for all time). New fields, courts, cabins and bleachers are being constructed and modified. A new modern self-cleaning metal roof will be installed to cover the stands, ramps and gate access paths to the gates. The heat will be absorbed in order to create a nice climate for the supporters.
By implementing such sustainability features such as the innovative rooftop, the Estádio Beira-Rio has the objective of being awarded the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) environmental certificate, issued by the non-governmental organisation CBG (Green Building Council).
Matches To Be Played: 5
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