- Location: Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil
- Capacity: 64,800
- Opened: November 11 1973
- Reopened: January 27 2013
- New or upgrade: Upgrade
- Status: Ready
- Full name: Estádio Governador Plácido Aderaldo Castelo
- Home ground of: Fortaleza Esporte Clube and Ceará Sporting Club
- Interesting fact: First stadium to be officially ready for the 2014 World Cup
Estádio Castelão in Fortaleza got its name from the Governor of the state Ceará named Plácido Aderaldo Castelo. He was Governor from 1961 till 1971 and was responsible of the stadium construction. Since Castelão means ‘huge castle’, Brazilians associate the stadium with a castle rather than the Governor.
Estádio Castelão has hosted 3 matches during the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil.
In 2000 the renovation started with emphasis on the recovery of ditches, low wall, physical structure, electrical and sanitary installations. However, due to the fact Estádio Castelão is now a host for the World Cup matches, redevelopment and refurbishment were again necessary. Capacity increased, the roof got larger, and a media center, cultural center, executive boxes and an underground car park were added and improved. There is now also a “glass skin” used in the stadium, such as on the roof, which is responsible for coating the stadium in order to reduce the heat of the sun, and to allow the air to circulate.
Estádio Castelão was built with focus on sustainability and security. 240 surveillance cameras have been positioned in strategic positions which are monitored by a special command system. They are able to close/open sections and regulate the temperature. Regarding sustainability, material leftovers from the renovation were reused for e.g. the car park and a system to gather rain water for irrigation purposes has been implemented as well. Therefore Estádio Castelão should be able to get awarded with the LEED certificate (Leadership in Energy and Environmental), the internationally recognized green building certiﬁcation system.
The stadium is now very accessible by (public) transportation and is surrounded by a large promenade. The stadium closed on March 31 2011 and construction was completed in December 2012. Of all the 12 stadiums, Estádio Castelão was the first stadium to be officially completed. Castelão is also the first World Cup stadium to have hosted the first football match (on the 27th of January 2013) after the construction and remodelling processes were completed.
Matches To Be Played: 6
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Castelão in Action
The Brazilian Federal Government is responsible for the following interesting video with more details about Estádio Castelão in Fortaleza, check it out! The video however is in Portuguese.
2014 World Cup: Estadio Castelao