Estádio do Pacaembu (Portuguese pronunciation: ), as it is usually called, is a football stadium in São Paulo, located on Praça Charles Miller, no nº - in Pacaembu neighborhood. Its official name is Estádio Municipal Paulo Machado de Carvalho and it is owned by the Municipal Prefecture of São Paulo. The stadium was inaugurated on April 27, 1940 with the presence of the Brazilian President Getúlio Vargas, the intervener Adhemar de Barros and the mayor of São Paulo Prestes Maia. The stadium holds 37,952 people and its pitch dimensions are 104 m of length by 70 m of width. The stadium is named after Paulo Machado de Carvalho. He was the 1958 FIFA World Cup Brazilian delegation chief, and was known as "Marechal da Vitória" (Marshall of Victory).


On April 27, 1940, the stadium was inaugurated with a maximum capacity of 60,000 people. On that day, the first match at Pacaembu stadium was played, between Palestra Itália (Palestra Itália was Palmeiras name in the 1940s) and Coritiba. Palestra Itália beat Coritiba 6-2. The first goal of the stadium was scored by Coritiba's Zequinha. After this match, another match was played. Corinthians beat Atlético Mineiro 4-2. Both matches were from Taça Cidade de São Paulo's cup.

On May 4, 1940, the Taça Cidade de São Paulo final match was played. Palestra Itália beat Corinthians 2-1, being the first club to win a competition at Pacaembu Stadium.

The stadium's attendance record currently stands at 71,281 people, set on May 24, 1942 when Corinthians and São Paulo drew 3-3.

On September 20, 1942, Palmeiras played its first match after changing its name (the previous name was Palestra Itália). Palmeiras beat São Paulo 3-1, winning that year's Campeonato Paulista.

In 1945, the stadium's largest score was set, when São Paulo beat Jabaquara 12-1.

Corinthians usually plays at Pacaembu stadium.

2005, the stadium served as the first pit-stop of The Amazing Race 9.

On May 11, 2007, the pope Benedict XVI met with the youth of Brazil as a part of his Apostolic Journey to Brazil on the occasion of the Fifth General Conference of the Bishops of Latin America and the Caribbean

1950 FIFA World Cup

Several 1950 FIFA World Cup matches were played at Estádio do Pacaembu, which were:

  • In January 27, 28 and 30, 1995, the Rolling Stones performed at the stadium, in three sold-out concerts, to a total audience of 165,000 people.
  • In 2005, Avril Lavigne presents her biggest show, Bonez Tour, for 40,000 fans.
  • The Brazilian singer, Roberto Carlos appears at the stadium in a concert, in 2001.
  • The heavy metal band, Iron Maiden, presents at the venue in 2007, for 30,000 fans.

On September 29, 2008, the Museu do Futebol (Museum of Football) was inaugurated. It was created to tell the history of Brazilian football. The museum covers 6,900 square metres (1.7 acres), it was built at a cost of R$32.5 millions, and is located below the stadium's bleachers. The 680 workers hired to build the museum completed the construction in 13 months.


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