Arena Corinthians, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Arena Corinthians is a new football stadium under construction in Itaquera, near the city of São Paulo. The new stadium will host the opening of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Sport Club Corinthians Paulista will own and operate the stadium.
The stadium will have a standard capacity of 48,000 seats. It will be added with 20,000 removable seats to meet the minimum requirement of 65,000 seating capacity for hosting the FIFA opening match.
Corinthians and Odebrecht Infrastructure signed an agreement for the construction of the new stadium in 2010. The project was initiated in May 2011 and is scheduled for completion by December 2013. The estimated construction cost is R$820m.
Structure and design of Arena Corinthians
The architectural design of the Arena Corinthians was framed by Coutinho, Diegues, Lamb Architects. The structure is based on a deep foundation integrating precast and root piles. The rectangular-shaped stadium is composed of two buildings, one on the west and another on the east side.
The west building is covered with glass façade, while the east building will have a large LED screen. The external walls are covered with ceramic tiles. The roof structure based on long trusses will include four layers made of steel, Polyisocyanurate, plasterboard and Firestone UltraPly TPO. Around 80% of the structural components including columns, beams, slabs and stairs are of precast elements.
Arena Corinthians construction details
The project is being built in a 198,000m² site, and will have a built-up area of 189,000m². Construction work began in May 2011. It is scheduled to be completed within 33 months, that is, by December 2013. The construction is 82% complete as of July 2013 and has used 1,530 employees.
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The assembling of metal structures supporting the roof on the south and north is currently underway. The first two metal modules of the southern segment were hoisted by a large crawler crane, which has the capacity to lift up to 1,500t. Each roof segment composed of seven modules will be mounted during October 2013.
The inner and outer walls are being painted and covered by granite, porcelain and ceramic inserts. The roof of the east grandstand is covered by metal tiles. Work began on the roof of the west side in mid 2013. The installation of metal structures for the seats and the emplacement of seats is scheduled to complete by August 2013.
Facilities at Arena Corinthians
Arena Corinthians will feature an auditorium, restaurants, bars, 89 suites, 502 toilets and space for shops. The lighting will be provided by 352 floodlights and HQI-TS high flux metal halide lamps, fluorescent lamps and high-intensity discharge lamps. The stadium will be installed with 3,500 flat-panel TVs.
The stadium will feature 15 lifts and ten escalators to ease the circulation. Parking facilities will include 1,620 uncovered spaces, and covered parking lots for 929 vehicles. The internal areas of the stadium buildings will be fully air conditioned.
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Arena Corinthians sustainability
Arena Corinthians is being constructed in compliance with the sustainable design standards set by FIFA. Environmentally friendly solutions and technologies such as water conservation, rainwater harvesting, reducing and recycling the waste generated, energy sustainability, natural ventilation, and lighting are implemented in the project.
Contractors involved with Arena Corinthians project
The glass façades are being provided by Italian company Sunglass SRL. The video screen is supplied by Osram Traxon. Osram is also responsible for the installation of four scoreboards in the stadium. The seating for the stadium is supplied by Marfinite Arenas. World Sports along with Desso and CRL is responsible for the setting up of lawn in the stadium.