Arena da Baixada
|Full name||Estádio Joaquim Américo Guimarães|
|Former names||Estádio Joaquim Américo |
Kyocera Arena(only from beginning 2005 until 1 April 2008)
|Location||Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil|
|Surface||Grass (105 x 68m)|
Atlético Paranaense (1924-present)
The Arena da Baixada is a football stadium and an indoor arena in Água Verde neighborhood, Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil. It has a maximum seating capacity of 28,327 people. It is formerly known as Estádio Joaquim Américo Guimarães. It was named Kyocera Arena for a short period of time (beginning 2005 until April 1, 2008). The stadium opened on June 6, 1914. The stadium is owned by Clube Atlético Paranaense. Its formal name honors Joaquim Américo Guimarães, a former chairman of Internacional-PR, which was a football club that merged with América-PR. This merger formed Atlético Paranaense. Joaquim Américo Guimarães started the stadium's construction in 1912. Despite being called an arena, it is technically an outdoor stadium. On May 31 2009, the stadium was made one of the match sites for the Brazil 2014 World Cup.
The stadium was built at the previous location of a Brazilian Army powder depot. In 1934, the stadium was renamed Estádio Joaquim Américo Guimarães. In the 1970s, the original stadium was closed down. After being reopened in 1984 and operating for some years, the old stadium building was demolished on March 26, 1997, right after a construction project of a new arena was announced. In June 1999, the new stadium was built. In 2005, the stadium was renamed Kyocera Arena, after the Japanese company Kyocera purchased the naming rights.
The inaugural match of the new building was played on June 24, 1999, when Atlético Paranaense beat Cerro Porteño of Paraguay 2–1. The first goal of the stadium after its reinauguration was scored by Atlético's Lucas.
The stadium's attendance record currently stands at 31,740. It was set on December 16, 2001 when Atlético Paranaense beat São Caetano 4–2, on the first game of that year's Brazilian Championship finals.
The contract with Kyocera that gave the company naming rights expired in early 2008. It was not renewed, and no new partnership was announced. The stadium went back to its old name, Arena da Baixada.
- Enciclopédia do Futebol Brasileiro, Volume 2 - Lance, Rio de Janeiro: Aretê Editorial S/A, 2001.
- (Portuguese) Kyocera Arena at Atlético paranaense's official website
- http://img.fifa.com/aboutfifa/federation/bodies/news/newsid=1064305.html#brazil+2014+venues+unveiled Brazil 2014 venues unveiled
- "Bem-vindo à nova Arena (Welcome to the new Arena)" (in Portuguese). Gazeta do Povo. 2007-08-10. Retrieved 2007-08-10.
- "Sem pressa, Atlético-PR negocia patrocínio" (in Portuguese). Máquina do Esporte. 2008-06-05. Retrieved 2008-07-02.
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