In pictures: Rio 2016 Fonte Nova Arena opens

Fonte Nova Arena, one of the Rio 2016 football stadiums, has opened.

In pictures: Rio 2016’s Fonte Nova Arena opens
In pictures: Rio 2016’s Fonte Nova Arena opens
  • Rio 2016’s Fonte Nova Arena mockup

    Rio 2016’s Fonte Nova Arena mockup

  • Rio 2016’s Fonte Nova Arena mockup

    Rio 2016’s Fonte Nova Arena mockup

  • Officials oversee plans for Rio 2016’s Fonte Nova Arena

    Officials oversee plans for Rio 2016’s Fonte Nova Arena

  • Rio 2016’s Fonte Nova Arena in construction

    Rio 2016’s Fonte Nova Arena in construction

  • Rio 2016’s Fonte Nova Arena in construction

    Rio 2016’s Fonte Nova Arena in construction

  • Rio 2016’s Fonte Nova Arena is now complete

    Rio 2016’s Fonte Nova Arena is now complete

  • Rio 2016’s Fonte Nova Arena presentation

    Rio 2016’s Fonte Nova Arena presentation

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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was present at the official inauguration in the state of Bahia in North East Brazil with a Bahia football classic, Bahia x Vitória, taking place.

The stadium, which was renovated for the 2013 Confederations Cup and the 2014 FIFA World Cup, will be one of the football venues during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. 

The Fonte Nova was closed for two and a half years, and with a £170m investment, it was entirely renovated, becoming more modern and multi-use.

With the renovations, the stadium now has 50,000 seats, and during major sports events, the arena may receive an additional 5,000 temporary seats. 

The new space will be divided into three levels of seating with covered seats, 90 box seats, 2,500 VIP seats, a panoramic restaurant with a view of the stadium and the Tororó Levee, one of Salvador’s famous landmarks.

Elsewhere, the stadium will feature a press room, kiosks, elevators, restrooms, in addition to a Museum and shops, which will also be open independently of the sports events.

Of the five Rio 2016 football venues, Fonte Nova is the second to be complete – the Mineirao Stadium, in the city of Belo Horizonte, reopened in December last year. The National Stadium, in the country capital Brasilia, and the Maracana Stadium, in Rio (also the venue for the Olympic and Paralympic ceremonies in 2016), are expected to be complete this month.

The four will play host to this year’s FIFA Confederations Cup too. São Paulo will be the fifth city to host the Olympic football tournament.

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