Estádio da Graça

Estádio Leonardo Vinagre da Silveira, commonly known as Estádio da Graça,[2] is an association football stadium located in Cruz das Armas neighborhood, João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil.

Estádio Leonardo Vinagre da Silveira
Estádio da Graça
LocationJoão Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil
OwnerJoão Pessoa City Hall
Capacity6,000[1]
Field size100 x 64m
SurfaceGrass
Construction
OpenedJanuary 9, 1944
Renovated2008-2010
Tenants
Flamengo Paraibano
Miramar Esporte Clube

HistoryEdit

The first game at the stadium was played during his inauguration, on January 9, 1944, when Dolaport and Santa Cruz drew 2-2. The first goal of the stadium was scored by Dolaport's Odilon, during the 17th minute of the game.

During the April 14, 2002 Campeonato do Nordeste game between Botafogo-PB and Sport, the stadium reached its highest attendance ever: approximately seven thousand people watched the game.[3]

On July 7, 2008, the stadium's most ambitious reformation started, with the purpose to adequate it to FIFA's and Supporter's Statute's regulations.[4] The stadium area was expanded from 1,419 m² to 2,118 m². The works were concluded on March 27, 2010, costing approximately R$3,5 million.[2]

StructureEdit

After the reformation, the stadium was upgraded with three sets of covered bleachers, supporting approximately 5,000 seated people, a luxury box, two bars and six bathroom areas. The field was improved with a new type of grass and a new floodlight system. The locker room for athletes and referees was improved. It has six cabins for the news media.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "CNEF - Cadastro Nacional de Estádios de Futebol" (PDF) (in Portuguese). Confederação Brasileira de Futebol. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 10, 2013. Retrieved November 9, 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Ricardo visita obras do estádio da Graça que será entregue dia 28" (in Portuguese). Portal Correio. Archived from the original on March 27, 2012. Retrieved September 8, 2010.
  3. ^ "Estádio da Graça tem reabertura prevista para 28 de março" (in Portuguese). PB1. Archived from the original on March 18, 2010. Retrieved September 8, 2010.
  4. ^ a b "Reforma do Estádio Leonardo Vinagre da Silveira – Estádio da Graça" (in Portuguese). Prefeitura Municipal de João Pessoa. Archived from the original on November 29, 2012. Retrieved September 8, 2010.