On Sunday 26th January the city of Natal, where EcoHouse Group is based, experienced one of the most exciting events in its history as its World Cup stadium, the Arena das Dunas was opened to the public for the first time. This was also a proud moment for EcoHouse Group as the football club which we sponsor, Alecrim FC, was invited to feature on the opening day against rivals ABC.
The Arena das Dunas (Dunes Arena) is named after Natal’s iconic sand dunes and has a capacity of 33,000 plus 10,000 temporary seats which will be installed for the World Cup. Featuring a roof shaped like petals with gaps allowing the breeze from the Atlantic Ocean to flow into the stadium, the arena will host four World Cup matches including the clash between Italy and Uruguay in England’s group.
On the opening day, Alecrim were unfortunately beaten 2-0 by ABC. Fortunately however, the EcoHouse-sponsored team still managed to qualify for the second phase of the state championship and will have plenty more opportunities to enjoy success at the new stadium.