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Arena do Grêmio is a multi-use stadium in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul. It was inaugurated on December 8, 2012.[3]

Arena do Grêmio
Arena do Grêmio Logo.png
Arena do Grêmio 2014.jpg
LocationPorto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul
Coordinates29°58′24.40″S 51°11′39.85″W / 29.9734444°S 51.1944028°W / -29.9734444; -51.1944028Coordinates: 29°58′24.40″S 51°11′39.85″W / 29.9734444°S 51.1944028°W / -29.9734444; -51.1944028
OwnerGrêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense
OperatorArena Porto-Alegrense
Executive suites135
Capacity55,662[1]
Field size105 x 68 m
SurfaceLolium perenne
Desso GrassMaster
Construction
Broke groundSeptember 20, 2010
OpenedDecember 8, 2012[3]
Construction cost€ 205 million
ArchitectPLARQ Arquitetura[2]
General contractorOAS
Tenants
Grêmio F.B.P.A. (2013-Present)
Brazil national team (selected matches)
Website
Official website

It is used mostly for football matches and as the home stadium of Grêmio, replacing the Estádio Olímpico Monumental. With a 60,540 capacity (55,662 current official capacity), the stadium is one of the most modern venues in South America.

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ConceptEdit

A mile from the international airport of Porto Alegre and alongside the road way, the stadium site appeared perfect to create a multifunctional urban center. The complex includes a Conference and Congress Center, hotel, a mall, housing, condominiums and parking. The arena itself intends to be functional year round.

The architectural firm PLARQ is responsible for the stadium projects design and concept and OAS is the general contractor.

HistoryEdit

In the mid-2000s, an idea came within the Grêmio, to build a new stadium to host matches of the Tricolor. The idea was carried out in 2006 with the beginning of the work viability studies. The objective was to make a self-sustaining stadium, unlike the Estádio Olímpico Monumental, that was already falling apart. In May 2006, the Grêmio's master patrimonial plan was formulated, which, precisely, headed the project. From there began a discussion about the construction place, in the current location of Olímpico or in a new place. In November 2006, aiming to dispel this doubt, was made a pre-feasibility study for the construction of a new stadium, with the Dutch company Amsterdam Advisory Arena. The conclusion was that the Estádio Olímpico would not meet the expectations of the club, due to high maintenance cost, age of construction, low standard of comfort, security and services, insufficient parking and location in very populated region. This combination of factors led the club to opt for building an Arena, with the financial assistance of partners, with the standard required by FIFA.

 
Interior view.

Beginning of constructionEdit

In October 2009, fences were installed to surround the region.[4] On May 13, 2010, a flagpole with the Grêmio's flag was inaugurated on the ground.

The official launch of the works took place on September 20, 2010, after a motorcade output from the Estádio Olímpico. On the same day, at the ceremony of start of construction, Hugo de León planted a patch of grass of Olímpico on the Arena ground after landing in a helicopter. Later, the former footballer represented symbolically the works to push the button on a machine and turn it on.

In late February 2011, about three hundred workers stopped their activities, protesting for better wages, working conditions and housing, days off to visit their families - as many workers were from the northeast of Brazil - and a longer rest.[5] Requests were met quickly, and all worked back to full steam.

Important matchesEdit

InaugurationEdit

2012 Match Against PovertyEdit

First official match: Copa Libertadores 2013, First Stage (second leg)Edit

International FriendlyEdit

City DerbyEdit

Brazilian Cup FinalEdit

1st match of 2017 Copa Libertadores FinalEdit

2019 Copa AméricaEdit

Date Time (UTC-03) Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Attendance
June 15, 2019 16:00   Venezuela 0–0   Peru Group A 13,370
June 20, 2019 20:00   Uruguay 2–2   Japan Group C 39,733
June 23, 2019 16:00   Qatar 0–2   Argentina Group B 41,390
June 27, 2019 21:30   Brazil 0–0 (4–3 pen.)   Paraguay Quarter-finals 44,902
July 3, 2019 21:30   Chile 0–3   Peru Semi-finals 33,058

ConcertsEdit

With the multi-use stadium concept, the Arena do Grêmio easily adapts to receive more different genres of shows and events. The first was to be held in April 2013, receiving a concert celebrating the 72 years old of singer Roberto Carlos, with a sold-out audience of 50,000. In June 2014, the Arena hosted the first show of the 2014 Green Valley World Tour, which was attended by the residents of the largest electronic music festival in the world and known as the "Maestros of Tomorrowland": Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, to an audience of over 14,000 fans.

Events at Arena do Grêmio
Date Event Artist(s) Attendance
20 April 2013 2013 Roberto Carlos Tour Roberto Carlos 50,000
18 June 2014 2014 Green Valley World Tour Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, WolfPack, Thomaz Krause, Marcelo CIC, Rapha Costa 14,000
14 December 2014 Happy Holi Alok, FTampa, Diego Miranda, LyoPak 12,000
2 May 2015 Save Festival - Super Club Nicky Romero 7,000
11 November 2015 2015 Latin America Tour Pearl Jam 29,667
16 December 2015 Rattle That Lock Tour David Gilmour 37,674
11 November 2017 A Head Full of Dreams Tour Coldplay 50,229
14 March 2018 Witness: The Tour Katy Perry 19,000
23 October 2018 El Dorado World Tour Shakira 28,300
17 February 2019 ÷ Tour Ed Sheeran

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "CNEF - Cadastro Nacional de Estádios de Futebol" (PDF) (in Portuguese). January 18, 2016. Retrieved June 6, 2016.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 28, 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-21.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ a b c Araujo, Luis Fernando o (2014). Assim é Porto Alegre (in Portuguese). Porto Alegre: Artes e Ofícios. ISBN 9788574212272.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 28, 2014. Retrieved 2012-12-06.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ http://zerohora.clicrbs.com.br/zerohora/jsp/default.jsp?uf=1&local=1&section=Esportes&newsID=a3219784.xml

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