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Arena das Dunas: How to get there and how to buy tickets (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: Monday, 04.July 2022 — 3min read

History and description

The Arena das Dunas was built as one of the playing venues for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. It replaced the old Machadão stadium, which was demolished in October 2011. The construction of the stadium progressed 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 26 January 2014 with a double-header involving local sides América and ABC.

The Populous designed stadium was inspired by Natal's famous sand dunes. The most characteristic features of this stadium are its 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 the at times intense sunlight.

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

After the tournament, the arena became the home of América de Natal, which occasionally uses the arena for important matches.

How to get to the Arena das Dunas

The Arena das Dunas is located in the south of Natal, about 5 km from its old town (Cidade Alta) and 7 km from Ponta Negra, an affluent and touristic area along the Atlantic Coast. Take a taxi or inquire locally about appropriate bus connections.

The arena is situated adjacent to the BR-101 and close to two of the city's major shopping malls. It is well-connected by public transport.

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. Otherwise, eating and drinking is generally best done in either the old town or Ponta Negra area, which is also where most nightlife is.

It is situated a little further away from the Arena das Dunas, but has more amenities, including a pool and gym.

Most tourists, however, will decide to 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

Tickets for the America games can be bought online, at the América club office at 950 Av. Rodrigues Alves in central Natal not far from the old town, or at various sports stores across the city including at Midway, Cidade de Jardim, and Partage shopping malls. Expect to pay from R$20.00 to R$40.00 for a ticket.

America may at time play home matches at their smaller own ground Arena America.

Photos of the Arena das Dunas

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Useful Internet links

The official website of América de Natal is americadenatal.com.br. The official website of the Arena das Dunas is arenadasdunas.com.br. Natal's tourism information website is rn.gov.br.

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