- Address: Avenida Alberto Craveiro, 2901, Fortaleza
- Country: Brazil
- Capacity: 63,000
- Opened: 11 November 1973
- Main use: Football
- Tenants: Ceará (football), Fortaleza EC (football)
Extra stadium info – Estádio Governador Plácido Castelo
The Estádio Governador Plácido Castelo is nicknamed Arena Castelão and Gigante da Boa Vista. It became one of the main sports venues in the Federative Republic of Brazil. The venue opened with a football match Ceará SC and their arch-rivals Fortaleza EC. The game ended in a 0-0 draw. Ceará Sporting Club was founded in 1914 and Fortaleza Esporte Clube was founded in 1918. Both clubs played numerous matches in the top-flight football league of Brazil. The stadium’s record attendance was set on 27 August 1980, when the national football team of Brazil defeated Uruguay 1-0 in front of 118,000 fans.
The 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup
In 2013, the football stadium was one of the venues for the FIFA Confederations Cup. It hosted three games during the tournament. The national football team of Brazil won the first one 2-0 after beating the United Mexican States, commonly known as Mexico. 57,000 spectators attended the match. The second game was won by Spain after beating Nigeria. Spain defeated the Italian Republic, commonly known as Italy, in the third game.
The 2014 FIFA World Cup
In 2014, the Estádio Governador Plácido Castelo hosted six FIFA World Cup matches. The national football team of Costa Rica won the first-ever FIFA World Cup match at the stadium. 58,000 people attended the game between Costa Rica and Uruguay. The national football teams of Brazil, Colombia, the Côte d’Ivoire, Germany, Ghana, the Hellenic Republic, the Netherlands and the United Mexican States also played at the Estádio Governador Plácido Castelo during the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Brazil, the Hellenic Republic and the Netherlands won their game 2-1. Two of the six FIFA World Cup matches at the venue ended in a draw.