One of the host venues for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the 57,483 capacity Estadio Mineirao located in the Pampulha neighbourhood of Belo Horizonte in the South East of the country. Home of Atletico Mineiro and Cruzeiro, the overhaul for next years finals is an impressive result for stadium built by architects BCMF.
The venue is set to host six matches at the World Cup, including a semi-final. When it opened in 1965 it was the second largest football stadium in the world, with a total capacity of 130,000 people.
The Estadio Mineirao has been updated to allow for FIFA regulations including safety, accessability, press, player facilities and even consideration to dark shadows during braodcasting of games. Refurbishments had to work around the fact that the stadium is a listed building. The new roof of the stadium is covered in a self-cleaning membrane. Rainwater is collected and recycled and solar panels produce enough energy to serve homes in the city through the public network, and use it again when events and games are being staged.
The flow of crowds was the starting point for the way finding system by Hardy Designs. Wall banners, suspended signs, totems, paintings and large brightly colored letters direct fans to their seats or amenities.