- Location: Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
- Capacity: 62,500
- Opened: September 5 1965
- Reopened: December 21 2012
- New or upgrade: Upgrade
- Status: Ready
- Full name: Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto
- Home ground of: Cruzeiro Esporte Clube and Clube Atlético Mineiro
- Interesting fact: Has lost the 2nd position in 2013 of being the largest Brazilian stadium, the honor now goes to stadium Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha in Brasilia
Estádio Mineirão in Belo Horizonte is the 2nd stadium to be ready for the World Cup. After the remodelling process, the first match was held on the 3rd of February.
The Estádio Mineirão is one of the most historical venues of Brazil where many artists have performed such as Paul McCartney and Beyoncé.
The original name comes from Magalhães Pinto who was the Governor of the state Minais Gerais in the 60’s, when the stadium was being built. The name Mineirão means big Mineiro, where plain Mineiro means someone who is born in Minais Gerais.
Estádio Mineirão has hosted 3 matches during the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil and will be used for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Project plans started around 25 years prior to the opening, in the 40’s decade. However, construction didn’t start until 1959. When the stadium was officially opened in 1965, a huge ceremony was held including parachute jumpers, music and an inaugural football match between the Minais Gerais team and an Argentinian team. The stadium is included in the Belo Horizonte’s Historical Heritage List.
The modernization project is responsible for important changes such as accessibility improvement and emphasis on security (more than 350 cameras) and sustainability. The stadium makes use of photovoltaic panels on the roof which can generate energy for around 1,200 medium households and will be distributed to surrounding homes. Mineirão is the first stadium in the world that is fully powered by solar energy. The stadium also reuses rainwater and 90% of the rubble produced by the building site.
The oval form of Mineirão was kept intact during the renovation. The infrastructure has been upgraded with the inclusion of more shops. The pitch has been lowered in order for the audience to see a match more clearly. Aesthetic improvements have also been made to the surrounding landscapes by adding more plant life.
Stadium Mineirão applied for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certificate, which is the internationally recognized green building certiﬁcation system issued by the non-governmental organisation CBG (Green Building Council). All the 2014 World Cup Brazil stadiums applied for this certificate, showing the emphasis on sustainability such as making usage of solar power.
Matches To Be Played: 6
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Mineirão in Action
The Brazilian Federal Government is responsible for the following interesting video and infographic with more details about the Estádio Mineirão in Belo Horizonte, check them out! The video however is in Portuguese.
2014 World Cup: Estadio Mineirão