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Arena das Dunas: All you need to know - Tickets, Direction, Weather (2022)

The Arena das Dunas was built to serve as one of the playing venues for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. It replaced the old Machadão stadium, which was demolished in October 2011.

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Nicole Sommer - Soccer expert Last updated: Saturday, 02.July 2022 — 3min read

History and description

The Arena das Dunas was built to serve as one of the playing venues for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. It replaced the old Machadão stadium, which was demolished in October 2011. construction of the stadium proceeded slowly, and it was only completed in December 2013, six months before the start of the World Cup. The Arena das Dunas officially opened on January 26th, 2014 with a double-header involving local sides América and ABC.

The architecture firm, Populous, designed the stadium in the shape of Natal's famous sand dunes. Some of its most characteristic features are the upper tier and roof in the shape of petals. The space between the petals allows the on-shore sea breeze to flow into the stadium while the roof shields spectators from intense sunlight.

During the 2014 World Cup, the Arena das Dunas hosted four first round group matches, an additional 10,000 seats were added on the second tier behind both goals to lift capacity to 43,000 and a new third tier was erected to accommodate additional fans.

The arena became the home of local side América de Natal after the tournament. ABC FC occasionally uses the arena for important matches.

How to get to the Arena das Dunas

The Arena das Dunas is located south of the city of Natal. The affluent and touristic Ponta Negra area lies about 7 kilometers further south along the Atlantic Coast. Take a taxi or inquire locally about appropriate bus connections.

The arena is located adjacent to the BR-101, one of Natal?s main arteries, and the stadium's central location and proximity to two of the city's major shopping malls make it well connected in terms of public transportation.

Address: Arena das Dunas, Lagoa Nova, Natal

Eat, drink, and sleep near the Arena das Dunas

The Arena das Dunas is located in a not particularly interesting residential area. There are a few local eateries around, while the sizable Midway Mall, a 20-minute walk north of the stadium, also boasts a good selection of restaurants and cafes. A little further south of the stadium there is the similarly-sized Natal Shopping with comparable options. Unless you want to starve or get hammered in an unsafe area, it's best not to eat or drink in the city center. Most nightlife is located in either the old town or Ponta Negra area, where things are usually safer.

There are a few hotels in the vicinity of the Arena das Dunas. From all of them, it takes 10 to 15 minutes walking to get to the arena. One basic option is Monza Palace Hotel, which gets decent reviews. Another option is Hotel Maine, which lies along the BR-101. Finally, Casa do Holandes is a third option.

Most tourists will stay in the Ponta Negra area, which is packed with hotels. Alternatively, there are a few hotels on the eastern beaches closer to the old town.

America de Natal Tickets

To purchase tickets for upcoming America matches, fans can purchase them online, at the America club office on Av. Rodrigues Alves 950 in central Natal, or at various sports stores across the city. These locations include Midway Mall, City Center mall, and Parque Partage shopping mall. Expect to pay from R$20.00 to R$40.00 for a ticket.

As America continues to grow, they may at times play home matches at their much smaller own ground Arena America.

Photos of the Arena das Dunas

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Useful Internet links

The official website of America de Natal, Arenadasdunas.com.br, and the Arena das Dunas website, Natal.rn.gov.br provide information about tourism in Natal.

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