Fonte Nova Facts
- Location: Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
- Capacity: 55,000
- Opened: January 28 1951
- Reopened: April 7 2013
- New or upgrade: Upgrade
- Status: Ready
- Full name: Complexo Esportivo Cultural Professor Octávio Mangabeira / Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova
- Home ground of: Esporte Clube Bahia
- Interesting fact: Modeled after its predecessor as a tribute
About Fonte Nova
The original name of Fonte Nova comes from former governor of the state of Bahia, Octávio Mangabeira, who is the person behind the building of the arena. The name Fonte Nova (new fountain) comes from the water fountains which were located near Itororó Dam close to the stadium.
The stadium is also called Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova due to a naming right sponsorship ending only in year 2023. Itaiva is a Brazilian brewery owned by Grupo Petrópolis, and it cost them around 100 million USD to make this sponsorship happen. It is the first time such a naming right agreement has been established for a World Cup stadium.
Arena Fonte Nova has hosted 3 matches during the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil and will be used for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Fonte Nova Renovation
Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador replaced the older Estádio Fonte Nova in 2010. The construction started that year and opened its doors again on the 7th of April. The new stadium however pays tribute to his predecessor by containing the same appearance. Arena Fonte Nova is covered by a lightweight metal roof.
Arena Fonte Nova is the 3rd stadium to be ready for the 2014 World Cup. The first match held on the 7th of April was between the Salvador teams Vitória against Bahia. Some supporters complained they were not seeing the match properly due to existing blind spots. It has also been noticed the stadium has excessive dust and a few puddles. The company responsible for the construction stated they are aware of the problems. These issues should now have been solved. On the 28th of May Arena Fonte Nova received more bad news, a roof section collapsed due to heavy rain fall.
Arena Fonte Nova however applied for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) due to sustainability elements the stadium included in the construction, such as material recycling, re-usage of rainwater and the minimization of the stadium’s energy consumption.
Aside from a stadium, the complex will contain a panoramic restaurant, car parks, hotels, shops and a concert hall.
Matches To Be Played: 6
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Fonte Nova in Action
The Brazilian Federal Government is responsible for the following interesting video and infographic with more details about the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, check them out! The video however is in Portuguese.
2014 World Cup: Arena Fonte Nova