Stadium: Estádio do Pacaembu
City: Sao Paulo, Brazil
The Estádio do Pacaembu, originally known as Estádio Municipal Paulo Machado de Carvalho, is one of the most iconic football stadiums in Brazil.
Located in the heart of Sao Paulo, it has been a witness to some of the most iconic moments in Brazilian football and is an important landmark for the country’s sporting culture. It has been one of the stadium that hosted the 1950 FIFA World Cup, which was held in Brazil.
It was built in 1940 and can hold more than 40.000 spectators. The first event played at the stadium was a match with Palmeiras against Coritiba. The record attendance at the stadium was set two years later when 71,281 people attended the derby between Corinthians and Sao Paulo.
The stadium has been home to a number of Sao Paulo clubs over the years including Palmeiras, Sao Paulo, Corinthians and Santos. Most recently it is the home of Corinthians, but that club moved in when the Arena Corinthians opened in 2014. Since then, Pacaembu is rarely been used for football games as the clubs have gradually moved to their own stadiums.
In addition to hosting football matches, the stadium has also been used for concerts and other sporting events. In addition, the stadium hosts the Museo the football. Museo The museum is dedicated to everything related to Brazilian football – from its history and culture, to the greatest players of all time.
Since 2020, the Pacaembu stadium which is owned by the Sao Paulo City Hall, will be officially managed by the private entity Allegra Pacaembu. The south stand which was built in 1970 was demolished, and another sports complex building is going to take its place. The other stands will remain as they are now and the stadium will continue to host football games in the future with a capacity reduction to 26,000.