Nacional Mané Garrincha Facts
- Location: Brasilia, DF (Federal District), Brazil
- Capacity: 71,000
- Opened: March 10 1974
- Reopened: May 18 2013
- New or upgrade: New
- Status: Ready
- Full name: Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha
- Home ground of: Legiaõ Futebol Clube and Brasília Futebol Clube
- Interesting fact: 2nd largest stadium of the 2014 World Cup
About Nacional Mané Garrincha
The Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha is named by Manoel Francisco dos Santos, also known as Mané Garrincha. He was a legendary football player who won the 1958 and 1962 World Cup with the Brazilian team. People gave him the nickname ‘Joy of the People’ and is he still favourit by many above Pelé. He has never lived in Brasilia though nor was he born there. He was 40 years old when the stadium opened for the first time. 10 years later he unfortunately died prematurely.
The term ‘Nacional’ seemed logical to put in front of the ‘Mané Garrincha’. Since Brasilia is the Federal Capital of Brazil, they put the term ‘Nacional’ in front of many institutions and organisations such as Museu Nacional (National Museum) and Biblioteca Nacional (National Library).
Together with the Estádio do Maracanã, Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha will host the most 2014 World Cup matches: 7 times. The stadium will also be used for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Nacional Mané Garrincha Construction
Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha in the Brazilian capital Brasilia has replaced the original Mané Garrincha which was demolished in 2010. The new stadium changed his name to Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha and the construction started in April 2010. It is the most expensive 2014 World Cup stadium. Nacional Mané Garrincha has been inaugurated on the 18th of May 2013 by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and Brasilia governor Agnelo Queiroz.
The architecture of estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha is inspired by the work of Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer. He is famous for his building designs in Brasilia. The stadium contains 288 pillars which form the exterior and roof support.
During the construction of the Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, new features have been implemented in this environmentally friendly stadium such as a metal roof and stands. Photovoltaic cells on the roof and the athletics track has been removed. Aside from this, rainwater can be collected which can be used in the running of the stadium. Due to such emphasis on achieving a certain sustainability standard, the stadium will try to go for the Platinum certificate awarded by U.S. Green Building Council for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).
The Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha which is the most expensive 2014 World Cup stadium, is considered as 1 of the 4 ‘white elephant’ 2014 World Cup stadiums. This means the stadium will be of little purpose after the World Cup. However, the stadium will be used for other type of events.
Now that the Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha is finished, this stadium took over the number 2 place of the largest stadiums to be used for the 2014 World Cup. It was the Belo Horizonte Estádio Mineirão (now number 3) who had this privilege. We assume you already know which stadium takes the deserved number 1 spot.
The first match played since the reopening in May 2013 was Brazil against Japan. In this FIFA Confederations Cup opening match, held on the 15th of June, Brazil won with 3-0.
Around Christmas time 2013 the Nacional Mané Garrincha Stadium experienced a leaking roof. Secopa, the local government agency that runs the stadium in Brasilia, stated:
“Because it is a new, grandiose and complex stadium, some small points are still being corrected and tested but there is nothing that compromises the running of the stadium or the holding of events there”.
Matches To Be Played: 7
|Round of 16|
|Match for the 3rd place|
Nacional Mané Garrincha in Action
The Brazilian Federal Government is responsible for the following interesting video and infographic with more details about the Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha in Brasilia, check them out! The video however is in Portuguese.
2014 World Cup: Estadio Mané Garrincha