Estádio Luso Brasileiro
The Estádio Luso Brasileiro, formerly known as Ilha do Urubu,Arena Petrobras, Arena Botafogo and Estádio da Ilha do Governador, is a football stadium inaugurated on 2 October 1965 in Ilha do Governador neighborhood, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro state. The maximum capacity of the stadium is of 6,437 spectators, expanded to 17,250 due to renovations made by Botafogo so it can use it as its home ground for the 2016 Brazilian Série A and once again expanded to 20,113 made by Flamengo in 2017. The stadium is owned by Portuguesa and was also the home ground of Flamengo and Botafogo during the 2005 Brazilian Série A. Nowadays, the stadium has returned to its original capacity after the end of the partnership with Flamengo in the middle of 2018.
Estádios dos Ventos Uivantes
|Full name||Estádio Luso Brasileiro|
|Former names||Arena Petrobras (2005)|
Arena Botafogo (2016)
Ilha do Urubu (2017–2018)
|Location||Rua Haroldo Lobo, 400|
Ilha do Governador
Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
|Record attendance||18,204 (vs Grêmio, 13 July 2017)|
|Field size||105 by 68 metres (114.8 yd × 74.4 yd)|
|Opened||2 October 1965|
|Expanded||2005, 2016, 2017|
|Construction cost||R$ 17m (2017 renovation)|
|Portuguesa-RJ (1965–present) |
Botafogo (2005, 2016)
Flamengo (2005, 2017–2018)
The stadium was built in 1965. It was inaugurated on 2 October 1965 with a match between Portuguesa-RJ and Vasco da Gama. In this opening match Zezinho, playing for the visitors, scored the first goals of the stadium with an attendance of 8,565 people.
Arena Petrobras (2005)Edit
In 2005, while Maracanã was being reformed to the 2007 Pan American Games, Flamengo, Botafogo and Petrobras signed a deal to expand Luso Brasileiro stadium capacity to around 30,000 with temporary tubular structure. The works included only the stands expansion with almost no infrastructure renovation. These works expanded the maximum capacity from 5,000 to 30,000, and the stadium was adopted as the home ground of Flamengo and Botafogo during the 2005 Brazilian Série A.
Arena Botafogo (2016)Edit
Botafogo showed interest in using the stadium again during the 2016 Campeonato Brasileiro for their home matches, as Engenhão was being prepared to host the Summer Olympics and therefore unable to receive any kind of events, including league matches, until the end of the Olympics. In April 2016 Botafogo agreed with Portuguesa-RJ to use the stadium until the end of 2016 season, Botafogo renovated the stadium and expanded the capacity to around 17,250 with provisory stands with the minimum of works to make the process quicker. The club spent about R$5 million with the stadium expansion.
Average league attendancesEdit
Ilha do Urubu (2017–2018)Edit
On November 2016 Flamengo came to terms with Portuguesa-RJ and signed a three-year contract to use the stadium starting in 2017. Flamengo planned to use the stadium as cover solution due to the complicated situation between the club, the Rio de Janeiro state government and Complexo Maracanã Entretenimento S.A. (composed of Odebrecht, IMX, AEG), the operator of Maracanã Stadium. Flamengo intend to expand the capacity up to 20,500 being able to host most of the matches in the upcoming years. The club also expect to inject around R$12m with sponsor partnerships, including the naming rights. The first part in the stadium renovation was in January 2017 with the relaying of the ground.
During the stadium renovations the works suffered a series of delays including the discovery of problems with water pipes under one of the stands which created a big hole on the ground. Bureaucratic problems with the authorization to use the stadium also caused another delay in its debut from May to June. Finally, after a long waiting from the club's supporters, Flamengo was able to debut in the stadium on 14 June 2017 against Ponte Preta in a Brazilian Série A match, Flamengo won 2–0 with an attendance of 13,981 people. After several delays and administrative issues and a new contract with the Maracanã, Flamengo broke their lease with the Ilha do Urubu in July 2018.
Average league attendancesEdit