Arena Pernambuco Stadium, Recife

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MSN takes a closer look at Recife's stadium

MSN takes a closer look at the Arena Pernambuco, a stadium all set to host fixtures at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil See Gallery

Stadium name: Arena Cidade da Copa
Better known as: Arena Pernambuco
Location: Recife
Capacity: 44,248
Opened: 2013

A completely new stadium for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the Arena Cidade da Copa will host five fixtures across the group stages and the Round of 16 of football’s number one international tournament.

Though the stadium is making its World Cup debut, the city itself does have some competition pedigree; Recife hosted a fixture during the 1950 World Cup in Brazil, Chile’s memorable 5-2 defeat of the U.S.A. 

Better known as Arena Pernambuco, the stadium forms part of a complex that includes restaurants and shopping centres, as well as a university campus. Impressively, it’ll also feature a solar power plant that will be able to fuel the energy needs of 6000 locals when the stadium is not in use.

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The stadium's exterior and carpark

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A billboard indicating the way to the stadium

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A view of the stadium's roof and support system

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Stadium entrance

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Stadium dressing rooms

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Pitchside dugouts

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The stadium roof and scoreboard

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Pitch view from the stands

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Pitch view from the stands