Photo Daily: Stadium Spotlight – Castelão, Fortaleza

Time is short today, so the weekly stadium spotlight series takes a brief look at a stadium that has a considerable transformation planned for it.

In May, the twelve host cities for the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil were announced. One of the winning bids was Fortaleza, the state capital of Ceará in Northeastern Brazil. Their stadium looks set to be the Castelão (also known as the Estádio Plácido Aderaldo Castelo or the Gigante da Boa Vista), an existing venue due for a considerable upgrade.

Here’s how the stadium looks now:


Opened in 1973, the 60,326 capacity stadium has hosted the Brazilian national team several times and was renovated in 2002, but still needs a major upgrade to be ready for the World Cup.

Here is the rendering released by the Ceará state government for the renovation:

Rendering of
Fortaleza (lit. “Fortress”, Portuguese pronunciation: [foɾtaˈlezɐ]) is the state capital of Ceará, located in Northeastern Brazil.