- Estádio Beira-Rio
stadium_name = Beira-Rio
Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
fullname = Estádio José Pinheiro Borba
nickname = Gigante da Beira-Rio
April 6 1969
seating_capacity = 56,000
record attendance = 106,554
Sport Club Internacional
dimensions = 108 x 72 m
Sport Club Internacional's stadium, located on the Rio Guaíbashoreline in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul. Its official name is "Estadio José Pinheiro Borba" – the name of an ageing Portuguese engineer who supervised the building of the stadium for many years, thus becoming the biggest accomplisher of his own dream. Unfortunately, he died before seeing it complete.
The stadium is nicknamed Beira-Rio (literally: river bank) because it is located along the margins of Rio Guaíba.
Estádio Beira-Rio replaced Internacional's previous stadium, called
Estádio dos Eucaliptos.
In 1956, councilman
Ephraim Pinheiro Cabralpresented a document to the government that included a donation of part of the Guaíba, to be reclaimed for Sport Club Internacional.
Estádio Beira-Rio was constructed with the help of the club's enthusiasts and supporters. They contributed bringing bricks, concrete and iron.
During the sixties, Estádio Beira-Rio was ironically called "Bóia Cativa", since it seemed that never it would be concluded, especially since those were difficult times for
Internacionalon the field.
The stadium's debut was played on
April 6, 1969, when Internacional beat Portugal's Benfica 2–1. The first goal ever scored in the Stadium was done by Internacional's Claudiomiro.
The stadium's attendance record currently stands at 106,554, set on
June 17, 1972when a Rio Grande do Sul All-Stars team and Brazil's national team played a 3–3 draw.
The stadium is about to undergo restoration and developments that would make it fit to host matches during the
2014 FIFA World Cupin Brazil. An official video outlining the project is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t01Boc5HfU4.
*"Enciclopédia do Futebol Brasileiro", Volume 2 - Lance, Rio de Janeiro: Aretê Editorial S/A, 2001.
* [http://www.internacional.com.br/pagina.php?modulo=4&setor=29 Sport Club Internacional Official web site]
* [http://www.internacional.com.br/ Internacional Official Website]
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