The Arena Corinthians is a sports stadium located in São Paulo, Brazil and owned, operated, and used by Sport Club Corinthians Paulista. It has a seating capacity of 46,116, making it the fifth-largest stadium used by teams in the top tier of the Brazilian League and the eleventh-largest in Brazil.
During the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the stadium was known as Arena de São Paulo. It hosted six matches, including the opening match on 12 June 2014. Because of a requirement for it to have at least 65,000 seats for the World Cup opening match, temporary seats were added to the stadium for the tournament. The temporary seats started to be removed shortly after the last World Cup match.
2014 FIFA World Cup:
The stadium was one of the venues for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Because of FIFA rules, it was called Arena de São Paulo during the tournament. The stadium hosted the opening ceremony followed by the opening match between Brazil and Croatia, three other group stage matches, a Round 16 match and a semi-final. Due to the request of at least 65,000 seats for the World Cup opening match, temporary seats were added to the stadium for the tournament, although the final usable capacity only reached 62,200 for the opening match.
The addition of temporary seats implied that screens for the World Cup had to be rented specially for the event, because the original screens were too large to be used with the temporary seating installed. FIFA requires screens smaller than the originally projected, with a 90 square metres (970 sq ft) area. Because subsequent matches had lower VIP and press demands, 4,000 more seats were added, raising the capacity to 66,200.