Arena da Baixada Stadium, Curitiba

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MSN takes a closer look at the oldest stadium to feature at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

Get a closer look at the Arena da Baixada Stadium, Curitiba, the oldest stadium to feature at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil See Gallery

Stadium name: Estadio Joaquim Americo 
Better known as: Arena da Baixada
Location:
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Capacity: 41,456
Opened: 1914

The oldest stadium to host fixtures at the World Cup in 2014, the Arena da Baixada stadium in Curitiba has been a real favourite in Brazilian football since it was overhauled in 1999.

Impressively modern for the time, the stadium’s rejuvenation sparked an upturn in resident club Atlético Paranaense’s fortunes too; the Furacão won their first Campeonato Brasileiro Série A in their 88-year history back in 2001.

Further improvements have been made for the World Cup in 2014, where it’ll host four group stage fixtures, including the addition of extra pitch side seating that’ll boost the venue’s capacity to just over 40,000.

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The view from one of the stadium's lower tiers

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A view of the pitch and one of the goals

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A food kiosk inside the stadium

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Workers test the pitch

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The stadium's position on the skyline

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An aerial view of the stadium

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An aerial view of the stand behind one of the goals

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The stadium, backed by Curitiba's high-rise buidlings

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Two tiers, viewed from ground level