Estádio José Pinheiro Borda is the full name of Estádio Beira-Rio. The stadium is located in Porto Alegre, Brazil. This is the home stadium of Sports Club International.
Estádio José Pinheiro Borda was named after a Portuguese engineer José Pinheiro Borda who was in charge of supervision of the building process although he died before it completion.
The stadium begun its construction works on 12th September 1956 and officially opened on 6th April 1969. Hype Studio was the main architect of the Estádio José Pinheiro Borda.
Estádio Beira-Rio is owned by Sport Club International and operated by SPE Holding Beira-Rio S/A. The stadium has a total seating capacity of 51300 spectators with 70 suites, 55 skyboxes and 5000 VIP seats.
The stadium too has a total parking spaces of 5500. This is the second largest stadium in Rio Grande do Sul state and South Brazil at large. Estádio Beira-Rio has undergone renovation in order to enable it host the 2014 FIFA World Cup this coming summer.
The stadium complex also has bars, an event center, chapel, parking building and stores. The Estádio Beira-Rio has hosted several matches to date including the first match when International played against Portugal's Benfica that ended in a 2-1 victory.
After its renovation, the stadium had a test match between International and Caxias on 15th February 2014. This also is the only 2014 FIFA World Cup stadium that is owned privately.
The 2014 FIFA World Cup matches scheduled to be played here include France vs. Hondrus on 15th June, Australia vs. Netherlands on 18th June, South Korea vs. Algeria on 22nd June, Nigeria vs. Argentina on 25th June and group G winner vs. group H runner-up on 30th June making a total of five matches to be played at Estádio José Pinheiro Borda.
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