The Centro Poliesportivo Pinheiro, also known as the Pinheirão is a football stadium
inaugurated on June 15, 1985 in Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil, with a maximum capacity of 45,000
people. The stadium is owned by the Paranaense Football Federation (meaning Federação
Paranaense de Futebol in Portuguese), and is the home ground of Paraná Clube. Its formal
name means Pinheiro Multi-Modality Center and honors the Pine tree, which is a common tree
in the state.
Pinheirão was completed in 1985 and was inaugurated on June 15 of that year.
The stadium was planned to have a maximum capacity of 126,000 people. The works started
in the beginning of the 1970s, but in the beginning of the followin decade, the works stopped
because of lack of funds. After a deal with Paranaense Football Federation, the works
resumed, and in 1985 it was ianugurated with a maximum capacity of 45,000 people.
The negotiation of a US$ 750,000 debt between the Paranaense Football Federation and the
Government of Paraná State caused a CPI (Comissão Parlamentar de Inquérito, which means
Investigation Parliamentary Committee in English) against Onaireves Moura, former president
of Paraná Football Federation.
The inaugural match was played on June 15, 1985, when Santa Catarina State XI beat Paraná
State XI 3-1. The stadium's first goal was scored by Santa Catarina State XI's Catatau.
The stadium's attendance record currently stands at 44,475, set on June 11. 1998, when
Atlético Paranaense beat Coritiba 2-1.
In 2003 the stadium was totally remodelled to receive the game of the Brazil national football
team against Uruguay, for the 2006 World Cup Qualifyings.