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The Estádio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil, can be seen in this Pleiades image, acquired 14 March 2014.

This stadium took over ten years to build, due to delays and financial difficulties. Work began on the site in 1956 but it wasn't until 1969 that construction was completed and the stadium was opened. Today the stadium hosts a capacity of approximately 51,000, but it was double that in the early years following the opening of the stadium.

The Estádio Beira-Rio is owned by Sport Club Internacional and is situated on reclaimed land. A section of land was artificially built up on the bank of the River Guaiba to place the stadium. The curve of this reclaimed land, as well as the river, can be seen on the right portion of this image. The Guaiba is one of five rivers that form the Lagoa dos Patos, the largest lagoon in Brazil.

Porto Alegre is located in southern Brazil, close to the Atlantic coast, with an estimated population of four million people. The city was founded in 1772 by Portuguese colonists and it's name means "Joyful harbour" in Portuguese. Due to its climate and location, the city has prospered from agriculture and produces a variety of crops for both domestic and international exports.

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Credit: CNES 2014 - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space / Spot Image S.A. France, all rights reserved

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