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:
Curitiba
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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Construction work takes place inside the stadium in March 2012

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Renovations to the stands continue in March 2012

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A labourer scales scaffolding as building work continues in March 2012

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A view of the stadium from the lower tier in June 2012

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A view of the stadium from the lower tier in June 2012

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The stadium pictured through a protective fence in June 2012

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Rubble is piled on the pitch in June 2012

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Former Brazilian striker and member of the 2014 World Cup local organizing committee Ronaldo (R), Brazilian Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo (L) and FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke visit the stadium in November 2012