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Estádio Fonte Nova: All you need to know - Tickets, Direction, Weather (2022)

The Estádio Fonte Nova, officially called Otávio Mangabeira Stadium, was for over half a century the home of EC Bahia and EC Vitória.

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

History and description

It was built in 1955, and has a maximum capacity of 65,000 people. The Estádio Fonte Nova was for over fifty years the home of EC Bahia and EC Vitória. It was built in 1955 and has a maximum capacity of 65,000 people. The inaugural match attendance was 6,000 people.

The Estádio Fonte Nova originally only consisted of one tier, but in 1968 construction started of a second one. The stadium reopened on the 4th of May 1971 with a match between Bahia and Flamengo followed by one between Vitória and Grêmio. There were 94,972 people in attendance though the police estimated it were more than 112,000. Two people lost their lives during the chaotic scenes.

The record attendance for a Vitória home game was recorded in 2002 when they hosted Palmeiras. In 1989, Flamengo set the record for the highest official attendance at a game when they played at the Fonte Nova Stadium. Five years later, in 1994, Vitória moved to their new home stadium, the Barradão. The 2002 game against Palmeiras was the highest attended game ever held by Vitória.

Between the 2000s and 2007, the state of the stadium had deteriorated severely. In 2007, seven fans lost their lives when part of the upper tier collapsed during a match between Bahia and Vila Nova. The stadium was subsequently closed by the state governor and never reopened.

Shortly after Brazil was given the final nod to host the 2014 World Cup, the Bahia state government decided to tear down Fonte Nova and replace it with a new stadium.

Demolition of the stadium started in 2010 and construction of the new Arena Fonte Nova started late 2010. The new Arena Fonte Nova is expected to be completed in December 2012.

In its final years, Estádio Fonte Nova could only hold around 60,000 people. Bahia currently play their home matches at Estádio de Pituaçu.

Photos of Estadio Fonte Nova

I used to stay at home when my dad didn't take me to the games and I would listen to the noise of the crowd. It was so close to home. I can't forget the 6-5 victory over Bahia or Winning The Northeast Cup title. That crazy fan base. Every brick an historic landmark. . The stadium is wonderful. The football temple of Bahia. It's the site of many happy and unhappy moments, but always the eternal river. That when my father didn't take me to baVIS games I would stay at radio and listen to the noise of the crowd. It was right near my house. Forgetting about Vitória 6 x 5 bahia Championship title and the Nordeste Cup title win at Estádio fanástico each brick is a historical milestone.

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