Pacaembu Stadium

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Estádio Municipal Paulo Machado de Carvalho, colloquially known as Estádio do Pacaembu (Portuguese pronunciation: [isˈtadʒiu du pakaẽˈbu]), is an Art Deco stadium in São Paulo, located in the Pacaembu neighborhood. The stadium is owned by the Municipal Prefecture of São Paulo. The stadium was inaugurated on 27 April 1940, in the presence of the Brazilian President Getúlio Vargas, the intervener Adhemar de Barros and the mayor of São Paulo, Prestes Maia. The stadium holds 40,199 people and its pitch dimensions are 104 m of length by 70 m of width.

Estádio Municipal Paulo Machado de Carvalho
Full nameEstádio Municipal Paulo Machado de Carvalho
LocationSão Paulo, SP, Brazil
Coordinates23°32′55.1″S 46°39′54.4″W / 23.548639°S 46.665111°W / -23.548639; -46.665111
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OwnerCity of São Paulo
OperatorMunicipal Secretary of Sports
(Secretaria Municipal de Esportes)
Genre(s)Art Deco
Record attendance71,281 (Corinthians 3–3 São Paulo, 24 May 1942)
Field size105 x 68 m
SurfaceNatural grass
Broke ground17 September 1938
Opened27 April 1940
Expanded1958 and 1970
ArchitectEscritório Técnico Ramos de Azevedo - Severo e Villares[1]
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The stadium is named after Paulo Machado de Carvalho. He was the 1958 FIFA World Cup Brazilian delegation chief, the founder of Rede Record, one of the largest television networks in Brazil and was known as "Marechal da Vitória" (Marshal of Victory).

Pacaembu is frequently used to host home matches of the Big 4 football clubs of the State of São Paulo, of which Corinthians, Palmeiras and São Paulo are based in the capital city itself, and only Santos is based in a different city. This occurs when the clubs must cede their own stadiums for concerts, or when reforms are being made. In the case of Santos, Pacaembu is also used when the club requires a site with a higher seating capacity for a particular match, given the low capacity of their own stadium.


Aerial view of the Stadium and Charles Miller Square
Interior view of the pitch and stands

The first match ever played at Pacaembu Stadium took place on 27 April 1940, when Palestra Itália (now known as SE Palmeiras) defeated Coritiba, 6-2. The first goal in the stadium was scored by Coritiba's Zequinha. Later that day, Corinthians beat Atlético Mineiro 4–2 on the same ground. Both matches were part of the Taça Cidade de São Paulo competition.

On 4 May 1940, the Taça Cidade de São Paulo Final was played at Pacaembu Stadium. Palestra Itália beat Corinthians 2–1, becoming the first club to win a competition at the stadium.

The stadium's attendance record currently stands at 71,281, set on 24 May 1942, when Corinthians and São Paulo drew 3–3.

On 20 September 1942, Palmeiras played its first match after changing its name from Palestra Itália. Palmeiras beat São Paulo 3–1, winning that year's Campeonato Paulista.

In 1945, São Paulo beat Jabaquara 12–1 at Pacaembu Stadium. This remains the highest-scoring match in the stadium's history.

In 2005, the stadium served as the first "Pit Stop" of The Amazing Race 9.

On 11 May 2007, Pope Benedict XVI met with the youth of Brazil at the stadium as a part of his Apostolic Journey to Brazil on the occasion of the Fifth General Conference of the Bishops of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Until the opening of Arena Corinthians in 2014, Corinthians played most of their home matches at Pacaembu, since their original stadium did not meet the requirements for hosting official football matches.

Between July 2010 and November 2014, the stadium was the temporary home ground of Palmeiras while Allianz Parque was under construction.

1950 FIFA World CupEdit

Six 1950 FIFA World Cup matches were played at Estádio do Pacaembu, which were:

Date Time Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Spectators
25 June 1950 15.00   Sweden 3–2   Italy Group 3 ~50,000
28 June 1950 15.00   Brazil 2–2    Switzerland Group 1 ~42,000
2 July 1950 15.00   Italy 2–0   Paraguay Group 3 ~26,000
9 July 1950 15.00   Uruguay 2–2   Spain Final Round ~44,000
13 July 1950 15.00 3–2   Sweden ~8,000
16 July 1950 15.00   Sweden 3–1   Spain ~11,000



Pacaembu's main entrance displaying the Museum outdoor

On 29 September 2008, the Museu do Futebol (Museum of Football) was inaugurated.[3] It was created to tell the history of Brazilian football.[4] The museum covers 6,900 square metres (1.7 acres), it was built at a cost of R$32.5 million, and is located below the stadium's bleachers.[5] The 680 workers hired to build the museum completed the construction in 13 months.[6]


  1. ^ "About the architecture project" (in Portuguese). São Paulo State Government. Archived from the original on 2011-10-04.
  2. ^ "CNEF - Cadastro Nacional de Estádios de Futebol" (in Portuguese). 29 October 2017. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Museu do Futebol é inaugurado nesta segunda-feira em São Paulo" (in Portuguese). Correio da Bahia. 2008-09-29. Retrieved 2008-09-28.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Visitar o Museu do Futebol custará R$ 6" (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 2008-09-23. Retrieved 2008-09-28.
  5. ^ "São Paulo inaugura Museu do Futebol" (in Portuguese). São Paulo state government. 2008-09-29. Archived from the original on 2011-05-22. Retrieved 2008-09-29.
  6. ^ "Museum honours Brazilian history". FIFA. 2008-09-30. Archived from the original on September 30, 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-03.
  • Enciclopédia do Futebol Brasileiro, Volume 2 - Lance, Rio de Janeiro: Aretê Editorial S/A, 2001.

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Coordinates: 23°32′55.1″S 46°39′54.4″W / 23.548639°S 46.665111°W / -23.548639; -46.665111