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The Host City: Belo Horizonte (BH)

Belo Horizonte, capital of the State of Minas Gerais, is one of the 12 host cities of the 2014 Fifa World Cup that will take place from June 12th to July 13th, 2014. It will host 6 matches, including an eighth-final and a semi-final.
Belo Horizonte is the third greatest economic city of Brazil, after Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, and is one of the most importance cultural and financial hubs of Latin America.
Thanks to its fast growing economy and to its wide range of opportunities, Belo Horizonte is today a main destination for business in Latin America.

The city frequently hosts national and international festivals of music, dance or even circus and gastronomy. Several hundreds of festivals occur each year in the area.
The city center is very animated with businesses, restaurants, pubs, nightclubs and numerous theaters.

The public transportation in Belo Horizonte mainly relies on bus services that are very well organized and cover thoroughly the whole city. There is one metro line that only crosses strategic points between Belo Horizonte and its neighbor city Contagem.

Belo Horizonte offers various solutions for accommodation that suit all needs and budgets. A part from the numerous hotels, other interesting options can be convenient solutions for your stay, such as apart-hotels, pousadas (inns), vacation rentals or rooms in houses.
See our accommodation solution in the city.
If you go out of Belo Horizonte to visit Minas Gerais, the options for accommodation become even wider going from a chalet in a fazenda to a room inside a tree in the middle of the forest.
For more details, have a look at the accommodation solutions in Minas Gerais.

As you are coming for the World Cup, you might hear the word Pampulha.
Pampulha is actually the name of the neighborhood where the World Cup Stadium is located. A part form the Stadium, it is also famous for its beautiful lake and the works of art of the renowned Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, creator of the futuristic city of Brasilia. His most notable work in Pampulha is the church Sao Francisco de Assis with its impressing curved structure.

The Mineirão Stadium

The Mineirão, officially called the Governor Magalhães Pinto Stadium, is the second largest football stadium of Brazil and has a capacity of 62,160* seats, plus 2,024 privileged box seats.
After its recent renovation, the Mineirão served as a venue for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and is ready to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup and later the 2016 Summer Olympics football competition.
The Mineirão will host 6 matches of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, including an eighth-final and a semi-final.
The Mineirão has also hosted some national and international artistic event and has received remarkable international concerts such as:
Kiss – June 23rd, 1983
The Rasmus – September 12th, 2006
Black Eyed Peas – September 12th, 2006
Elton John – March 9, 2013
Axé Brasil – April 12th to 14th, 2013
Paul McCartney – May 4th, 2013
Beyoncé – September 11th, 2013[2]
Black Sabbath – October 15th, 2013
Guns & Roses – March 22nd, 2014 (at the Mineirão’s large esplanade)
The Mineirão is going to increase the number and frequency of international concerts, festivals, expositions and competitions as it has the ambition of becoming an important venue for artistic, cultural and sporting events.

Matches in Belo Horizonte

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To see the complete Planning of the games in the country use the following link: http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/matches/index.html

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Special Visas for FIFA 2014 World Cup

The 2014 Fifa World Cup will take place in 12 different Brazilian cities from June 12th to July 13th, 2014.
For this special occasion, various types of Visas called “Visa-TE” had been designed according to the needs and purposes of the visitors and they are all free of charge.
So if your nationality is not exempted from Tourist or Business Visa to Brazil, you can apply for one of the following “Visa-TE” to participate to the 2014 Fifa World Cup.
However, before applying for this special Visa, read the requirements carefully to ensure that you meet them!

Types of “Visa-TE” and the associated requirements:
Courtesy Visa – VICOR TE for FIFA accredited personnel and volunteers. An invitation letter from the FIFA Organizing Committee is required.
Tourist Visa – VITUR TE for spectator. It requires a ticket or proof of purchase of ticket valid for any of the games of the FIFA World Cup 2014. The visa may be extended to legal dependents accompanying the ticket holder as long as proof of dependency status is provided.
VITEM II – TE for the press covering the event. A proof of accreditation by the FIFA Press Committee is required. The visa may be extended to legal dependents accompanying the ticket holder as long as proof of dependency status is provided.
VITEM III – TE for entertainment professional such as artist, athletes or spectacle technicians. You should only apply for this type of visa after obtaining authorization from Brazil’s Ministry of Labor and Employment (“Ministério do Trabalho e Emprego” – MTE). The authorized period of stay will be determined by the MTE.
VITEM V – TE for professional with an employment contract (Work Permit). You should only apply for this type of visa after obtaining authorization from Brazil’s Ministry of Labor and Employment (“Ministério do Trabalho e Emprego” – MTE). The authorized period of stay will be determined by MTE.
The visa may be extended to legal dependents accompanying the ticket holder as long as proof of dependency status is provided.
VITEM VI – TE for foreign correspondent. Are required a letter from the media company which the applicant works for containing details on the company and the mission of the correspondent, the address and location of the office in Brazil he will be related to, and a letter of accreditation by the FIFA Press Committee.
The visa may be extended to legal dependents accompanying the ticket holder as long as proof of dependency status is provided.

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I. The Host City and the Stadium

  1. Belo Horizonte – BH
  2. Mineirão Stadium

II. Games Schedule

III. Prepare your Venue

  1. Special Visa FIFA 2014 World Cup
  2. Accommodation
  3. Transport to the stadium
  4. Transport in the city

IV. What to visit in and around BH

  1. Touristic spots nearby
  2. Events
  3. Nightlife
  4. Activities

V. News
VI. Special Offers