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What are the biggest football stadiums in Brazil? Which club has the best stadium in the Brazilian Série A? 

 

Want to know? Sit tight as we bring you the list of football stadiums in Brazil and their capacity. 

 

Brazil is home to some of the biggest football clubs in the world. Interestingly, the Brazilian Football Championship, commonly known as the Brazilian league or simply the Série A, is one of the best leagues in the world.

 

It has consistently ranked amongst the top 10 best performing leagues on the planet. Another interesting fact about the Brazilian league is the value and worth of participating teams like Palmeiras, Grêmio, Flamingo, etc.

 

That been said, Brazil has some of the best stadiums globally, most of which were selected as venues for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Historically, the country has been home to some of the best sporting facilities due to the culture and trend of the sport in the country.

 

It might also interest you that Brazil is the most successful football Men’s National Team in the FIFA World Cup.

 

Interesting Facts

What is the largest stadium in Brazil? The Maracana in Rio de Janeiro is the biggest stadium in Brazil, with 78,838 seats.

 

Biggest and the best Stadiums in Brazil

 

10. Estádio Serra Dourada – 50,049

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The Estádio Serra Dourada is a football stadium. It is the home ground of Goiás Esporte Clube. It is often selected for the big derby matches in Goianiense, especially when it involves Vila Nova and Atlético Goianiense.

 

The Estádio Serra Dourada Stadium can hold 50,049 people. It has hosted major competitions, including the Copa America and Copa Libertadores Finals.

 

9. Estádio Beira-Rio – 50,128

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The Estádio José Pinheiro Borda is a football stadium in Porto Alegre, which serves as the home stadium for Sport Club Internacional.

 

The Estádio Beira-Rio has a seating capacity of 50,128 and is currently the ninth biggest football stadium in the country by capacity. In the Autumn of 2013, Sports Club Internacional spent over R$ 330 million to renovate the stadium.

 

The Stadium was also used as one of the venues during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

 

Beira-Rio features Box offices, VIP seats, executive suites, Video screens, Parking lots, etc. Others are pools, gyms, football fields, and tennis courts, located next to it.

 

Apart from football, The Estadio Beira-Rio is used for concerts and Tours. Most especially music concerts have been held at the arena since 2011.

 

8. Parque do Sabiá – 53,350

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The Estádio Municipal Parque do Sabiá is a multi-use stadium used mainly for football matches. It has a seating capacity of 53,350 and is home ground of Uberlândia Esporte Clube and Clube Atlético Portal.

 

7. Estádio do Arruda – 60,044

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The Estádio José do Rego Maciel is a multi-purpose stadium that holds 60,044 spectators. Santa Cruz Futebol Clube owns it.

 

The stadium was opened in 1972 and was the venue for the international friendly between Brazil and Argentina, which ended in favour of the home side courtesy of two goals from Bebeto.

 

6. Arena do Grêmio – 60,540

The Arena do Grêmio is a multi-use stadium in Porto Alegre, home to the famous Brazil football club Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense.

 

The stadium has a capacity of 60,540 seats and has been in use since 2012.

 

5. Mineirão – 61,846

The Mineirão is the largest football stadium in Minas Gerais and the fifth largest in Brazil. Opened in 1965, it has a capacity of 61,846 seats.

 

The stadium is home to Atlético Mineiro and Cruzeiro in the Brazilian Campeonato Série A. It was one of the venues for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2014 FIFA World Cup and was selected to host football matches during the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics.

 

In 1997, the stadium drew a record attendance of 132,834 people when Cruzeiro and Villa Nova played the finals of that year Campeonato Mineiro.

 

Mineirão is also one of the top destinations for music concerts and Tours. It has hosted some international stars from the United States and Europe.

 

4. Estádio Governador Plácido Castelo, (Castelão) – 63,903

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The Estádio Governador Plácido Castelo, also known as the “Big Castle”, is a football stadium in Fortaleza that has 63,903 spectators. It is the home ground of Ceará Sporting Club and Fortaleza Esporte Clube.

 

The Confederation of Brazilian Football selected the stadium to host matches during the 2014 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2014 FIFA World Cup. It is also used for other social activities like music concerts and gatherings.

 

3. Estádio do Morumbi – 67,052

Estadio Morumbi 2014

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The Estádio Cícero Pompeu de Toledo is a football stadium in São Paulo which is home to the famous Brazilian soccer team São Paulo Futebol Clube.

 

Morumbi is the third-largest in the country and the largest privately-owned stadium in Brazil. It has a seating capacity of 67,052. It was initially on the list of arenas for the 2014 FIFA World Cup but was eventually excluded.

 

The stadium was selected as one of the 2019 Copa América. Apart from football, it is one of the hubs for music concerts and Tours in Brazil, which has attracted some of the biggest artists worldwide.

 

2. Mané Garrincha – 72,788

Estadio Mane Garrincha em construcao panoramio

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The Arena BRB is a multipurpose arena and the second biggest stadium in Brazil, with a seating capacity of 72,788.

 

The stadium was completed at the cost of US$900 million, which makes it the third-most-expensive football stadium in the world.

 

The Mané Garrincha hosted the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2014 FIFA World Cup. It was also selected as one of the venues for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

 

Over the years, the stadium has gone through renovations and reconstructing the area surrounding it to ease movement and operations.

 

1. Maracanã – 78,838

Maracana stadium

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Maracanã Stadium is the largest football stadium in Brazil. It has a seating capacity of 78,838 and is currently home ground for Flamengo and Fluminense in the Brazilian Série A.

 

The Maracanã was built in time for the 1950 FIFA World Cup, amassing one of the highest ever attendance in the country when the Seleção played against Uruguayan.

 

Since then, the maracanã has consistently drawn many fans and supporters of clubs who host their home matches at the stadium. Apart from football, the stadium staged the closing ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympics.

 

It is safe to say the history of Brazilian soccer is also tied around the maracanã Stadium, which is more like where everything happens.

 

Brazil is also home to music and entertainment, and the stadium is also a major destination suitable for hosting these types of events.

 

Famous Brazilian football teams and their stadiums

  • São Paulo

São Paulo is one of the biggest football clubs in Brazil. Founded in 1930, it competes in the Campeonato Paulista and Campeonato Brasileiro. It is one of just three clubs to have never been relegated from the Série A, alongside Flamengo and Santos.

 

São Paulo is one of the most successful in Brazil at the national and state level. The club is also the third best-supported club in Brazil, with over 12 million supporters across the country.

 

  • Palmeiras

Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras is one of the strong forces not just in Brazil but on the South American continent as well.

 

Palmeiras is one of the most popular clubs in Brazil, with over 18 million supporters. The club competes in Campeonato Paulista and Campeonato Série A.

 

  • Corinthians

Corinthians has become one of the most successful Brazilian clubs. The club took the world by surprise when it won the first edition of the FIFA Club World Cup in an all Brazilian final against CR Vasco da Gama.

Corinthians is also one of the biggest football clubs and most in the country.

 

  • Flamengo

Achievement and popularity is the bedrock of the club’s existence. That been said, Flamengo is one of the most successful teams in Brazil.

 

  • Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense

Grêmio is one of the most valuable football clubs on the South American continent. The club also doubles as Brazilian Championship winners and South American powerhouse.

 

  • SC Internacional

Sport Club Internacional or Inter de Porto Alegre is one of the most outstanding Brazilian teams. Inter plays in the Brazilian top flight and is one of the most consistent.

 

Wrapping up

A football stadium is a part of what makes football entertaining. Over the years, Brazil has spent a lot to renovate existing facilities, most especially during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

 

Branded as a football-crazy country, the love for the game makes it more than just sport, but a national culture that has continued to grow since the 20th century.

In Brazil, some of the biggest stadiums are Maracanã, Estádio do Morumbi, Estádio Governador Plácido Castelo, Mineirão, etc.

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