Estádio Municipal Epaminondas Mendes Brito, usually known as Ipatingão, is a multi-purpose stadium in Ipatinga, Brazil. It is currently used mostly for football matches. Ipatinga Futebol Clube and Ideal futebol Clube usually play their home matches at the stadium. Social Futebol Clube, from the neighbor city Coronel Fabriciano, has its own soccer stadium, but sometimes plays its home matches at Ipatingão, because of its larger capacity and better structure. The stadium has a maximum capacity of 20,500 people. The stadium was built in 1982.
Ipatingão is owned by the Ipatinga City Hall. The stadium is named after Epaminondas Mendes Brito, who was the engineer responsible for the stadium's construction. He died shortly before the stadium inauguration.History
In 1982, the works on Ipatingão were completed. The inaugural match was played on November 23 of that year, when Cruzeiro beat Ipatinga All Stars 3-0. The first goal of the stadium was scored by Cruzeiro's Eudes.
The stadium's attendance record currently stands at 25,000, set on April 7, 1996 when Atlético Mineiro beat Cruzeiro 2-1.