The Estádio Plácido Aderaldo Castelo, also known as the Castelão (Portuguese pronunciation: ) or Gigante da Boa Vista, is a football stadium that was inaugurated on November 11, 1973 in Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil, with a maximum capacity of 60,326 people. The stadium is owned by the Ceará state Government, and is the home ground of Ceará Sporting Club and Fortaleza Esporte Clube. Its formal name honors Plácido Aderaldo Castelo, who served as the Governor of Ceará from September 12, 1966 to March 15, 1971, and was a leader in getting the stadium built.


Castelão was constructed from 1969 to 1973 and was inaugurated on November 11 of that year.

In May 2000, the Ceará state government started to reform the stadium. The reformations were divided in three stages, and started on May 16, 2001. The first stage consisted in the recovery of the ditches, and of the bleachers junctions, as well as the recovery of the low walls. The second stage of the reformation started on July 20, 2001, and consisted in the recovery and strengthening of the stadium's physical structure. The third stage consisted in the recovery of the electrical, hydraulic, sanitary, and electronic installations.

The inaugural match was played on November 11, 1973, when Ceará and Fortaleza drew 0-0. The stadium's first goal was scored on November 18, 1973 by Ceará's Erandy, when Ceará beat Vitória 1-0.

The re-inaugural match was played on March 23, 2002, when the Brazil national team beat the Yugoslavia national team 1-0. The stadium's first goal after the re-inauguration was scored by Brazil's Luizão. The stadium's attendance record currently stands at 118,496, set on August 27. 1980, when the Brazil national team beat the Uruguay national team 1-0.

2014 plans

Castelão is one of the venues of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which will be held in Brazil. After the redevelopment, the stadium will have a new all-seater capacity of 66.700.

International matches
  • August 27, 1980

Brazil-Uruguay 1-0 Referee: Luís Carlos Félix Goal: Getúlio (Brazil).

  • May 10, 1989

Brazil-Peru 4-1 Referee: Espósito - Argentina Goals: Charles (2), Bebeto and Zé do Carmo (Brazil); C. Torres (Peru).

  • February 26, 1992

Brazil-USA 3-0 Referee: Luiz Vilanova Goals: Raí (2) and Antônio Carlos (Brazil).

  • February 22, 1995

Brazil-Slovakia 5-0 Referee: Dacildo Mourão Goals: Bebeto (2), Souza, Túlio and Márcio Santos (Brazil).

  • November 18, 1998

Brazil-Russia 5-1 Referee: Gustavo Mendez (Uruguay) Goals: Élber, Amoroso (2), Rivaldo and Marcos Assunção (Brazil); Kournokov (Russia).

  • March 28, 2002

Brazil-Yugoslavia 1-0 Referee: Epifanio Gonsales (Paraguay) Goal: Luizão (Brazil).

  • August 21, 2002

Brazil-Paraguay 0-1 Referee: Oscar Ruiz (Colombia) Goal: Cuevas (Paraguay).

Other events

On July 9, 1980, it was opened in Fortaleza the 10th National Eucharistic Congress. Pope John Paul II participated in the celebrations of the Congress and the Estádio Castelão received the largest public of its history: 120,000 followers. On this occasion, during Virgílio Távora's government, the stadium was reformed, and the bleachers of the inferior section were concluded.

Another religious celebration happened on August 13, 1995. On this occasion the archbishop of Fortaleza Dom Aloísio Lorscheider farewell gathered 50 thousand followers.

Several artistic shows were made at the stadium. One of the most outstanding happened on December 10, 1996 when Xuxa commanded the animation to thousands of children.

Building Activity

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