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    The stadiums: Estadio das Dunas, Natal




    Ever since it was inaugurated back in 1972, the Estadio Joao Claudio de Vasconcelos Machado – better known as the Machadão – has welcomed the biggest clashes in Natal football to the Lagoa Nova neighbourhood. The three leading teams in Natal, the capital of Rio Grande do Norte state, are ABC, Alecrim and America, who last appeared in Brazil’s top flight – Serie A – in 1985, 1986 and 2007 respectively.

    However, in order for Natal to become one of the 12 Host Cities at the 2014 FIFA World Cup™, a bigger and more modern venue was required. The solution settled upon was to completely demolish both the Machadão and the neighbouring Humberto Nesi sports hall, known as the Machadinho.

    Rising up on the site is the Estadio das Dunas stadium project, with its name relating to the sand dunes that are one of the most impressive natural attractions in the Natal region. Nor do the similarities end there, with the stadium’s daring undulating structure designed to imitate said dunes. Overall capacity: 42086.

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    Arena das Dunas passes another FIFA World Cup test

    The Arena das Dunas staged its third 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ test event on Saturday, with ABC defeating America-RN 2-0 in the clássico do Rio Grande do Norte, on matchday three of the Brazilian second division championship. The tests carried out by the Brazil 2014 Organising Committee (LOC) revealed that the stadium is all but ready for the tournament, which gets under way on 12 June.

    In all, ten operational areas were tested at the match, more than at any another test event staged this year: cleaning and waste management, transport, spectator services, volunteers, media operations, catering, technology, competitions, medical services and safety and security.

    The crowd of just over 10,000 had the opportunity to see some of the organisational aspects that will be rolled out at the FIFA World Cup, such as the organisation of queues at the turnstiles and the services provided by volunteers. Responsible for attending to players and for conducting doping controls, the LOC’s medical team also took the opportunity to carry out drills.

    Brazil 2014 LOC Stadium Operations Manager Tiago Paes said that the whole operation went smoothly thanks to the fact the Arena has been in regular use since January.

    “The consortium is delighted,” he said. “The fact that 19 events have been held here in Natal really helped us with our operations. The fans here have seen the kind of operations that we are looking to implement for the FIFA World Cup.”
    Demetrio Torres, Rio Grande do Norte’s Executive Secretary of FIFA World Cup Affairs, also expressed his satisfaction with the result of the test event.

    “Expectations have been very high all week long,” he commented. “It was a bit like taking an oral test, and from what I could see, we passed it.”

    The next Brazil 2014 test event will be held on Saturday 10 May at the Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, where Internacional will take on Atletico-PR in a Brazilian first division championship match.

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