Estadio Mineirao - Belo Horizonte

Estadio Mineirao - Belo Horizonte
Estadio Mineirao - Belo Horizonte

Confederation Cup 2013 at Estadio Mineirao - Belo Horizonte
Confederation Cup 2013 at Estadio Mineirao - Belo Horizonte

Best View of Estadio Governador Magalhaes Pinto
Best View of Estadio Governador Magalhaes Pinto

Mineirao officially Estadio Governador Magalhaes Pinto (Governor Magalhaes Pinto Stadium) established in 1965 in Belo Horizonte, is the largest football stadium in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, and the second largest in the country, after Maracana. It will be a host stadium in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup (Brazil Wins the thropy), 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics to be held in the country. Cruzeiro plays its home matches at Mineirao, and its fans call the stadium affectionately Toca da Raposa III (Fox Burrow 3).

One of the most historic venues in Brazilian football and called home by Atletico Mineiro and Cruzeiro, both former national champions, the 57,483 capacity Estadio Mineirao has undergone a complete overhaul prior to hosting six matches at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, including one semi-final.

The modernisation project included the lowering of the pitch surface and improving stadium accessibility, among other issues, with sustainability principles at the core of all work carried out. Exemplifying this approach is the facility to capture and store up to 6,270,000 litres of rainwater, which can then be reused.

Located in the Pampulha neighbourhood of Belo Horizonte and inaugurated on 5 December 1965, the stadium belongs to the Minas Gerais state government. Going by the official name of the Estadio Governador Magalhaes Pinto, in footballing circles it is almost universally known as the Mineirao.

Boasting an enthusiastic and vibrant atmosphere on matchdays, whether it be O Galo (Atletico Mineiro) or A Raposa (Cruzeiro) that are playing at home, the Mineirão has also proved a worthy setting for Brazilian national team matches, including A Seleçao’s clashes with arch-rivals Argentina in FIFA World Cup qualifying encounters in 2004 and 2008.

What is more, the stadium has been regularly graced over the years by attacking legends such as Ronaldo, Tostao, Reinaldo and Dario.

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