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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.

Estádio Luso Brasileiro
Estádios dos Ventos Uivantes
Ilha do urubu.jpeg
Full nameEstádio Luso Brasileiro
Former namesArena Petrobras (2005)
Arena Botafogo (2016)
Ilha do Urubu (2017–2018)
LocationRua Haroldo Lobo, 400
Ilha do Governador
Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
Coordinates22°48′05.6″S 43°12′28.2″W / 22.801556°S 43.207833°W / -22.801556; -43.207833Coordinates: 22°48′05.6″S 43°12′28.2″W / 22.801556°S 43.207833°W / -22.801556; -43.207833
OwnerPortuguesa-RJ
OperatorPortuguesa-RJ
Capacity6,437
Record attendance18,204 (vs Grêmio, 13 July 2017)
Field size105 by 68 metres (114.8 yd × 74.4 yd)
SurfaceCelebration Itograss
ScoreboardJumboTron
Construction
Built1965
Opened2 October 1965 (1965-10-02)
Renovated2017
Expanded2005, 2016, 2017
Construction costR$ 17m (2017 renovation)
Tenants
Portuguesa-RJ (1965–present)
Botafogo (2005, 2016)
Flamengo (2005, 2017–2018)

HistoryEdit

 
The stadium entrance.
 
Stadium view before renovations.

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,[1] 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.[2]

Botafogo played a total of 11 Série A matches and another two Copa do Brasil matches at the stadium during 2016 with an average attendance of 8,994 per match.

Average league attendancesEdit