Amazon Sports Complex: Manaus World Cup Venue

Amazon Sports Complex Manaus, Brazilian Football Olympic Games 2016 Venue, Brasil Arena Design

Amazon Sports Complex, Manaus

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Arena da Amazonia Manaus

Design: gmp Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner

Location: Manaus, Brazil

Amazon Sports Complex in Manaus

Built for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, this stadium in Manaus will now host six matches (four men’s, two women’s) in the group stages of the Olympic Games 2016 football tournaments.

The city Manaus is in the Amazon Rainforest, whose influence can be seen in the stadium’s façade and shape, which is inspired by an indigenous basket of exotic fruit.

Arena da Amazônia, Manaus 1

This stadium design was based on the idea of creating a simple but highly efficient stadium which also makes reference to the special location, to the fascination and natural diversity of forms in the tropical rainforest. Designed for 44,400 spectators, the stadium is located at the central traffic axis that links the airport with the inner city.

Arena da Amazônia, Manaus 2

The new building was integrated into a sports park with Sambadrome, field and track facilities, multi-purpose halls and an aquatic center. The project was developed in cooperation with the gmp partner practice STADIA from São Paulo and the structural engineers schlaich bergermann and partners (sbp).

Arena da Amazônia, Manaus 3

Making best use of the topography with its gentle slope in the terrain, the stadium has been placed on a base which provides space for VIP access, the media, the players and parking spaces. A ring including spectator boxes, offices and a restaurant separates the upper tier from the lower tier, which is recessed in the base.

Arena da Amazônia, Manaus 4

The roof structure is composed of mutually bracing cantilever elements in the form of hollow steel box girders which also serve as large gutters for the discharge of the enormous quantities of water expected during tropical rain events. In view of the hot and humid climate at the Amazon, the roof extends into a facade which provides shade to the spectator balconies and vertical access routes. The roof and facade panels consist of translucent glass fibre fabric.


The Arena da Amazônia is one of the world’s first stadiums to be certified under the LEED scheme administered by the US Green Building Council.

Arena da Amazonia Manaus photos: Marcus Bredt

Arena da Amazonia Manaus information / images from gmp

7 Dec 2013

Amazon Sports Complex Manaus

Design: gmp Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner

Info + images of the design for the Arena Amazonia Manaus:

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The Arena Amazonia has a ground capacity of  47,750. In comparison the Stadium of Light has a capacity of 48,707 (Sunderland), Etihad Stadium 47,405 (Manchester City), Anfield 45,276 (Liverpool), Goodison Park 40,157 (Everton) and St James’ Park 52,387 (Newcastle).

Update for football games at Arena Amazonia Manaus, from 6 + 7 Dec 2013

The Manaus 2014 World Cup Venue will feature the following games:

Cameroon – Croatia (Group A) : 18th June 2014
England – Italy (Group D) : 14th June 2014
Honduras – Switzerland (Group E) : 25th June 2014
USA – Portugal (Group G) : 22nd June 2014

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Manaus 2014 World Cup Stadium – Building Information

Title: Arena Amazonia or Amazon Sports Complex, Manaus, Brazil
Design: Volkwin Marg und and Hubert Nienhoff mit with Martin Glass, 2008
Project leaders: Martin Glass, Maike Carlsen
Staff (design): Ausias Lobatón Ortega, Nicolai Reich, Stefan Saß, Sonia Taborda, Helge Lezius, Florian Schwarthoff, Konstanze Erbe, Claudio Aceituno Husch, Martin Krebes, Dirk Peissl
Staff (execution): Helge Lezius, Fabian Kirchner, Sophie-Charlotte Altrock, Silke Flaßnöcker, Veit Lieneweg, Lucia Martinez, Juliana Kleba, Lieselotte Decker, Barbara Düring, Katerine Witte, Stephanie Eichelmann, Elke Glass, Konstanze Erbe, Adel Motamedi, Sara Taberner
Staff (Brazil): Ralf Amann, Burkhard Pick, Florian Schwarthoff
Cooperation with: STADIA, São Paulo; Schlaich Bergermann und Partner
Structural engineering: Schlaich Bergermann und Partner, Knut Göppert, Knut Stockhusen, Miriam Sayeg, Thomas Moschner Tilman Schober, Olesja Martin (Herr Marg sagte, zwei namentlich von sbp zu nennen, ist in Ordnung, mehr nicht!); EGT, São Paulo
Technical equipment: big Bechthold Ing. ges. mbH; mha, São Paulo
Landscape design: St raum a (Entwurfsphase/Design phase)
Client: Companhia de Desenvolvimento do Estado do Amazonas

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Amazon Sports Complex Manaus images / information from gmp Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner

Manaus World Cup Stadium – design : gmp Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner (Germany)

Arena Amazonia Manaus – external link to FIFA World Cup 2014 website


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