Arena Joinville first opened on September 25th 2004 and has been home to local football team Joinville Esporte Clube ever since. Initially constructed with a 15,000 capacity, there are currently plans to expand the capacity to 30,000 in a few years time.
Arena Joinville first opened on September 25th 2004 with an inaugural match between Masters All-Stars and All-Stars of Joinville. Resulting in a 3-1 victory for the visiting team, the first match at the arena was a compete sell-out with 15,000 supporters in attendance for the friendly.
Popular with fans from the get go, the club almost immediately began to explore the feasibility of expansion, and in June 2007 they had announced ambitious plans to expand the stadium to 30,000.
Expected to occur over the course of two phases, the first stage will see the ground’s capacity increased to 22,400, and then in a few years time the remaining capacity will be added.
Modelled after famous European stadiums such as the Amsterdam Arena which it borrows part of its name from, Arena Joinville is one of the most modern grounds in Brazil. Subsequently it has been designed to be more than just a stadium, and thus it will forms part of a wider shopping and entertainment complex like Sassuolo’s Stadium Mapei in Italy.
Owned by the Municipality of Joinville, it is said to bear a close resemblance to the Arena da Floresta in Rio Branco in Acre.