Mineirao Stadium, Belo Horizonte

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MSN takes a closer look at Belo Horizonte's stadium

MSN gives you the lowdown on the Mineirao stadium, the arena due to host fixtures at the 2013 Confederations Cup and the 2014 World Cup See Gallery

Full name: Estadio Governador Magalhaes Pinto
Better known as: Estadio Mineirão
Location: Belo Horizonte
Capacity: 62,547
Opened: 1965

Home to the fixtures of premier Brazilian clubs Cruzeiro and Atletico Mineiro, the Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto has been completely renovated ahead of the World Cup in 2014.

The stadium’s accessibility has been improved, while the pitch has been lowered to offer better visibility from all corners of the arena. It’s also another of Brazil’s stadiums committed to sustainability; the Mineirão will be able to retain and reuse up to 6,270,000 litres of rainwater.

During the World Cup in 2014, the stadium has the honour of hosting the first semi-final of the competition on July 8, as well as fixtures in the group stages and during the Round of 16.

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Estadio Mineirão and the surrounding area

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Aerial view of the stadium

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Aerial view of the stadium

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The stadium pictured with the Pampulha Lagoon in the background

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Stadium roof

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Pitchside dugout

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Flags draped from the stadium roof during the 2013 Confederations Cup

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Pitch view from the upper tier

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Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff (in pink) and Minas Gerais Governor Antonio Anastasia at the stadium's inauguration