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Estadio Castelão, Fortaleza

About the stadium

Formally known as the Estadio Governador Placido Castelo, the Castelão was originally built in 1973, but underwent a series of upgrades (beginning in 2011) in preparation for this year’s World Cup. In fact, it was the first of the Brazilian arenas to complete its renovations for the games, and served as a host site for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil.  With a capacity of over 60,000, the Castelão is also the home pitch for Fortaleza’s two football clubs, Ceará Sporting Club and Fortaleza Esporte Clube.

Controlling the Castelão

To help control the venue’s electrical equipment, Estadio Castelao uses ABB contactors, which are electromechanical switches that switch power circuits used to control lighting and heating, among other electrical loads. Contactors are especially useful in difficult environments and for electrical equipment that requires a high number of hourly operations, such as sports arenas and other major event locations.

To learn more about ABB’s medium voltage products, check out the latest ABB Review (below).

Matches:

All times are listed in BRT (Brasilia Standard Time)
14 Jun 2014 16:00 Local time
Group stage - Group D
Uruguay - Costa Rica
17 Jun 2014 16:00 Local time
Group stage - Group A
Brazil - Mexico
21 Jun 2014 16:00 Local time
Group stage - Group G
Germany - Ghana
24 Jun 2014 17:00 Local time
Group stage - Group C
Greece - Ivory Coast
29 Jun 2014 13:00 Local time
Round of 16
Netherlands - Mexico
04 Jul 2014 17:00 Local time
Quarter-Finals
Brazil - Colombia

Arena Pernambuco, Recife

About the stadium

The city of Recife has a long history when it comes to football – it’s home to three football clubs alone – and it also has a long-standing legacy with the FIFA World Cup – its Ilha de Retiro stadium hosted the Chile/US match during the 1950 games. In comparison, Arena Pernambuco is a newcomer to the city – construction was completed in 2013, and it now serves as the home pitch to Clube Náutico Capibaribe.

Protecting Recife

Arena Pernambuco uses ABB surge arresters, which protect the stadium’s electrical equipment, including substations, cables, and transmission lines. This protection helps prevent fires and other hazards in the case of power surges, such as those that occur during electrical storms and inclement weather. Surge arresters also prevent overload to the power grid, at both medium and high voltages. Because local electrical power conventions vary across the globe, the process and materials used in manufacturing these arresters presents new technical challenges, and has helped ABB develop types of materials that can be used in a variety of challenging environments – bringing power to remote villages, mountaintops, and, of course, to stadiums in tropical Brazil.

To learn more about the history of ABB’s high voltage products, check the special edition of ABB Review (see below).

Matches:

All times are listed in BRT (Brasilia Standard Time)
14 Jun 2014 22:00 Local time
Group stage - Group C
Ivory Coast - Japan
20 Jun 2014 13:00 Local time
Group stage - Group D
Italy - Costa Rica
23 Jun 2014 17:00 Local time
Group stage - Group A
Croatia - Mexico
26 Jun 2014 13:00 Local time
Group stage - Group G
USA - Germany
29 Jun 2014 17:00 Local time
Round of 16
Costa Rica - Greece

Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador

About the stadium

Salvador was the first capital of Brazil (established 1549), but its stadium has a slightly shorter history. The original Estádio Fonte Nova (also known as Estádio Octávio Mangabeira) opened its doors in 1951. Nearly 60 years later, the old stadium was demolished to make way for construction on the new Arena Fonte Nova, which broke ground in 2010 and officially opened in 2013, in time for the FIFA Confederations Cup. In addition to hosting the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the Arena will also host football matches during the 2016 Olympic Games.

Getting fans to the game in Salvador

Arena Fonte Nova uses ABB dry-type transformers, which are more environmentally friendly and safer than standard transformers; dry-type transformers do not use oil and are not prone to the same leakages and potential fire hazards as their non-dry type counterparts. Outside the stadium walls, ABB is also helping fans across the city get to the matches: ABB substations and medium voltage rings are providing power and infrastructure for the newly-expanded metro lines in Greater Salvador. Improvements and extensions to Lines 1 and 2 have created 22 new stations, including improved connections between local neighborhoods, the Salvador International Airport, and, of course, Arena Fonte Nova.

Matches:

All times are listed in BRT (Brasilia Standard Time)
13 Jun 2014 16:00 Local time
Group stage - Group B
Spain - Netherlands
16 Jun 2014 13:00 Local time
Group stage - Group G
Germany - Portugal
20 Jun 2014 16:00 Local time
Group stage - Group E
Switzerland - France
25 Jun 2014 13:00 Local time
Group stage - Group F
Bosnia & Herzegovina - Iran
01 Jul 2014 17:00 Local time
Round of 16
Belgium - USA
05 Jul 2014 17:00 Local time
Quarter-Finals
Netherlands - Costa Rica

Estadio Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro

About the stadium

Originally built for the 1950 FIFA World Cup, the Maracana was once the world’s largest stadium, boasting a capacity of nearly 200,000 (records show 199,854 paid attendees at the final match of the 1950 games). Even after undergoing extensive renovations in preparation for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games, the Maracana is still Brazil’s largest sports arena, with a capacity of nearly 75,000.

The site is officially named Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho, after a local writer who was a strong advocate for the construction of the stadium. However, it’s much better known by its nickname, derived from the surrounding neighborhood.

Powering Rio, powering the Maracana

A pair of major renovation projects overhauled the stadium in preparation for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games. As part of this revamp, ABB installed a new transmission substation in downtown Rio de Janeiro, which connects power transmission lines and provided electricity to power the stadium as well as homes and businesses in the surrounding neighborhoods. As part of efforts to improve the city’s infrastructure, ABB also retrofitted 25 electrical substations across the Rio de Janeiro metropolitan area, which help convert voltage and distribute electrical power safely and efficiently. These retrofitted substations will help improve network reliability for residents and visitors during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the 2016 Olympic Games, and beyond.

Matches:

All times are listed in BRT (Brasilia Standard Time)
15 Jun 2014 19:00 Local time
Group stage - Group F
Argentina - Bosnia & Herzegovina
18 Jun 2014 16:00 Local time
Group stage - Group B
Spain - Chile
22 Jun 2014 13:00 Local time
Group stage - Group H
Belgium - Russia
25 Jun 2014 17:00 Local time
Group stage - Group E
Ecuador - France
28 Jun 2014 17:00 Local time
Round of 16
Colombia - Uruguay
04 Jul 2014 13:00 Local time
Quarter-Finals
France - Germany
13 Jul 2014 16:00 Local time
Final
Germany - Argentina

Arena de Baixada, Curitiba

About the stadium

Formally named the Estádio Joaquim Américo Guimarães (and briefly known as the Kyocera Arena from 2005-08), the Arena de Baixada has been regarded as one of Brazil’s most state-of-the-art stadiums since it opened in 1999. The site serves as the home pitch for Club Atlético Paranaense, and underwent a series of additional renovations in 2012 to expand seating capacity and make other improvements to the stadium’s facilities.

Improving the state of the art

As part of its recent renovations in preparation for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Arena de Baixada installed ABB medium voltage panels, which control and protect the stadium’s electrical equipment, such as the lighting and power infrastructure. Medium voltage switchgear is a critical intermediary to ensure a safe, fast and reliable source of electricity for the stadium during the 2014 FIFA World Cup and beyond. Medium voltage switchgear is often manufactured using a large percentage of recycled materials, giving it low environmental impact, and can also be configured for integration into the smart grid, ensuring a long future of sustainable, connected use.

Matches:

All times are listed in BRT (Brasilia Standard Time)
16 Jun 2014 16:00 Local time
Group stage - Group F
Iran - Nigeria
20 Jun 2014 19:00 Local time
Group stage - Group E
Honduras - Ecuador
23 Jun 2014 13:00 Local time
Group stage - Group B
Australia - Spain
26 Jun 2014 17:00 Local time
Group stage - Group H
Algeria - Russia

Beira-Rio Stadium, Porto Alegre

About the stadium

Officially named Estádio José Pinheiro Borda, this site is better-known by its nickname, Estádio Beira-Rio or Gigante do Beira-Rio (the Giant of Beira-Rio). This stadium was opened and 1969 and remains the largest in southern Brazil. Even after undergoing major renovations in preparation for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the venue still boasts a capacity of over nearly 43,000.

Bringing power to the Giant

Beira-Rio Stadium uses ABB transformers, which provide a reliable, environmentally-friendly source of electricity. At the base level, transformers transfer energy between circuits and are necessary for the transmission and distribution of electricity. Transformers have been the backbone of the modern electrical grid throughout the last century, but a series of technical advancements, starting in the 1970s, have made transformers safer and more reliable to use. ABB’s oil-free, or dry-type, transformers eliminate risks such as oil leakages and fire hazard, and are ideal for use in large public places, such as shopping centers and sports arenas.

Matches:

All times are listed in BRT (Brasilia Standard Time)
15 Jun 2014 17:00 Local time
Group stage - Group E
France - Honduras
18 Jun 2014 13:00 Local time
Group stage - Group B
Australia - Netherlands
22 Jun 2014 16:00 Local time
Group stage - Group H
South Korea - Algeria
25 Jun 2014 13:00 Local time
Group stage - Group F
Nigeria - Argentina
30 Jun 2014 17:00 Local time
Round of 16
Germany - Algeria

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