Brazil 2014: Guide to Natal and the Dunas Arena

The City

The City of Natal is located in the North-east of Brazil on the coast of North Atlantic Ocean. A Wpopulation of 800,000 occupies this coastal City. It’s situated 285km from Recife, 2420km from Brasilia and 2557km from Rio de Janeiro.

The Dutch originally called it New Amsterdam, but was named Natal by the Portuguese colonisers. Tourism is an important industry.


There is no metro system for Natal. Buses are plentiful travelling from the city centre to pass the Wstadium. There will also be special shuttle bus services running on match days.

There will also be a number of car parks in Natal, that will have shuttle services to the ground.

The guide to Natal for tourists can be found at

The Dunas Arena


Address: Av. Prudente de Morais, 5121 – Lagoa Nova, Natal – RN, 59020-510
Getting There: Buses or park and ride.
Eating and Drinking: Probably best done in the Ponta Negra area.
Capacity: 42,000
What’s the stadium like? Brand new stadium, it’s predecessor being demolished.
Club side: América de Natal and ABC
Some facts: 2,500 car parking spaces, pitch is 14.8 metres from the stands, 75 turnstiles, 4 changing rooms, 39 executive boxes, 30 lavatories and 25 bars and snack bars.

World Cup Games at the Stadium

Date KO local Time Game
June 13, 2014 13:00  Mexico vs  Cameroon Group A
June 16, 2014 19:00  Ghana vs  United States Group G
June 19, 2014 19:00  Japan vs  Greece Group C
June 24, 2014 13:00  Italy vs  Uruguay Group D