Castelão (Ceará)

The Estádio Governador Plácido Castelo, also known as the Castelão (Portuguese pronunciation: [kasteˈlɐ̃w], Portuguese for "Big Castle") or Gigante da Boa Vista, is a football stadium that was inaugurated on November 11, 1973 in Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil, with a maximum capacity of 63,903 spectators. The stadium is owned by the Ceará state Government, and is the home ground of Ceará Sporting Club and Fortaleza Esporte Clube. Its formal name honors Plácido Aderaldo Castelo, who served as the Governor of Ceará from September 12, 1966 to March 15, 1971, and was a leader in getting the stadium built.[2]

"Gigante da Boa Vista"
Arena Castelão in 2013
Full nameEstádio Governador Plácido Castelo
LocationFortaleza, Ceará, Brazil
Coordinates3°48′26″S 38°31′21″W / 3.80722°S 38.52250°W / -3.80722; -38.52250Coordinates: 3°48′26″S 38°31′21″W / 3.80722°S 38.52250°W / -3.80722; -38.52250
OwnerState of Ceará
OperatorState of Ceará
Record attendance118,496
Field size105 x 68 m
Broke ground1969
OpenedNovember 11, 1973
Renovated2002 and 2013
ArchitectJosé Liberal de Castro
Gehard Ernst Borman
Reginaldo Mendes Rangel
Marcílio Dias de Luna
Ivan da Silva Britto
Structural engineerHugo Alcântara Mota


Castelão was constructed from 1969 to 1973 and was inaugurated on November 11 of that year.

In May 2000, the Ceará state government started to renovate the stadium. The renovations were divided in three stages, and started on May 16, 2001. The first stage consisted in the recovery of the ditches, and of the bleachers junctions, as well as the recovery of the low walls. The second stage of the reformation started on July 20, 2001, and consisted in the recovery and strengthening of the stadium's physical structure. The third stage consisted in the recovery of the electrical, hydraulic, sanitary, and electronic installations.[2]

The inaugural match was played on November 11, 1973, when Ceará and Fortaleza drew 0-0. The stadium's first goal was scored on November 18, 1973 by Ceará's Erandy, when Ceará beat Vitória 1-0.[3]

The re-inaugural match was played on March 23, 2002, when the Brazil national team beat the Yugoslavia national team 1-0.[2] The stadium's first goal after the re-inauguration was scored by Brazil's Luizão.[2] The stadium's attendance record currently stands at 118,496, set on August 27, 1980, when the Brazil national team beat the Uruguay national team 1-0.[3]

The stadium was reopened on December 16, 2012, in a ceremony attended by former president Dilma Rousseff and Mayor of Ceara, Cid Gomes. There was also a concert from Raimundo Fagner.

2013 FIFA Confederations CupEdit

Estadio Castelão hosted 3 games of the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup: two group games and one of the semi-finals.

Date Time (UTC-03) Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Attendance
June 19, 2013 16:00   Brazil 2–0   Mexico Group A 57,804
June 23, 2013 16:00   Nigeria 0–3   Spain Group B 51,263
June 27, 2013 16:00   Spain 0–0 a.e.t.(Penalties: 7–6)   Italy Semi-Final 56,083

2014 FIFA World CupEdit

Castelão was one of the venues of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which took place in Brazil. The stadium was redeveloped for the tournament; the reconstruction project, led by Uruguayan architect Héctor Vigliecca, involved the addition of a larger roof, the construction of an underground car park with 4,200 spaces, and a new lower tier. After the redevelopment, the stadium now has an all-seater capacity of 63,903.[citation needed] The stadium closed on March 31, 2011 for the reconstruction project, which was officially completed in December 2012.[4] Castelão was the first of 12 stadiums being built or redeveloped for the 2014 World Cup to be completed.[4]

Date Time (UTC-03) Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Attendance
June 14, 2014 16:00   Uruguay 1–3   Costa Rica Group D 58,679
June 17, 2014 16:00   Brazil 0–0   Mexico Group A 60,342
June 21, 2014 16:00   Germany 2–2   Ghana Group G 59,621
June 24, 2014 17:00   Greece 2–1   Ivory Coast Group C 59,095
June 29, 2014 13:00   Netherlands 2–1   Mexico Round of 16 58,817
July 4, 2014 17:00   Brazil 2–1   Colombia Quarter-finals 60,342

Other eventsEdit

On July 9, 1980, the 10th National Eucharistic Congress was opened in Fortaleza. Pope John Paul II participated in the celebrations of the Congress and the Estádio Castelão received the largest public of its history: 120,000 people. On this occasion, during Virgílio Távora's government, the stadium was renovated, and the bleachers of the lower section were finished.

Another religious celebration happened on August 13, 1995. On this occasion the farewell mass of the archbishop of Fortaleza Dom Aloísio Lorscheider gathered 50 thousand people.

Several artistic shows were made at the stadium.

On December 9, 2007, Castelão hosted the MotoCross Freestyle World Championship . More than 700 tons of sand and metal ramps, almost 6 meters long and 2.7 meters high were used in the event.


Castelão in 2009
Band/Artist Tour Attendance Year Date
Menudo Menudo Live 1985 Tour 70,000 1985 February, 27[5]
Mamonas Assassinas Mamonas Assassinas Tour 37,000 1995 December, 22
Xuxa Tô de Bem com a Vida 45,000 1996 December, 10
Paul McCartney Out There! Tour 48,668 2013 May, 9
Beyoncé The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour 27,847[6] September, 8
Elton John The Diving Board Tour 18,979 2014 February, 23
Roberto Carlos 74th Birthday 45,000[7] April, 5
Franklin Graham Festival Of Hope BGEA 38,000 2015 October, 22
45,000[8] October, 23
50,000 October, 24
Ivete Sangalo IS20 Tour 45,000[9] 2016 January, 8
Iron Maiden The Book of Souls World Tour 23,531[10] March, 24



  1. ^ "CNEF - Cadastro Nacional de Estádios de Futebol" (PDF) (in Portuguese). January 18, 2016. Retrieved June 6, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d Enciclopédia do Futebol Brasileiro Lance Volume 2. Rio de Janeiro: Aretê Editorial S/A. 2001. pp. 457–458. ISBN 85-88651-01-7.
  3. ^ a b "Castelão" (in Portuguese). Templos do Futebol. Archived from the original on June 23, 2008. Retrieved September 13, 2008.
  4. ^ a b "Brazil opens first World Cup 2014 stadium". BBC News. BBC. December 17, 2012. Retrieved December 31, 2012.
  5. ^ "Show da banda Menudo no Castelão". O Povo. July 11, 2017. Retrieved February 13, 2019.
  6. ^ "Beyonce Boxscore". Billboard. Archived from the original on November 20, 2013. Retrieved May 28, 2020.
  7. ^ "Roberto Carlos proporciona show de emoções no Castelão". Diário do Nordeste. April 6, 2014. Retrieved February 13, 2019.
  8. ^ "New Hope for Fortaleza". Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Retrieved May 28, 2020.
  9. ^ "Com chuvas e telefonemas ao vivo, Ivete Sangalo arrebata público no Castelão". Diário do Nordeste. January 9, 2016. Retrieved February 13, 2019.
  10. ^ Blabbermouth (April 20, 2016). "IRON MAIDEN: North/South American Concert Attendances, Grosses Revealed". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. Retrieved May 28, 2020.

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