Club Athletico Paranense have signed a deal with AEG that will see the American-based company operate the Brazilian side's renovated stadium, the Arena da Baixada.

The ground - located in the south of Brazil - is being transformed into a multi-purpose venue ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup with around 13,000 seats being added to its current 33,000 capacity.

The renovation is due to be completed in June 2013 at which time AEG will take over it's operation. The company who own and operate the Staples Center and the Home Depot Center in Los Angeles, The O2 Arena in London, and already operate the Brazilian club Palmeiras's Nova Arena in Sao Paulo will look to bring a broad range of events to the Curitiba area of Brazil. 

Mario Celso Petraglia, president do Clube Atletico Paranaense, said: "AEG Facilities is an outstanding partner for Atlético Paranaense. Their management and event programming expertise will provide Arena da Baixada and the city of Curitiba a diverse line-up of sports, musical and cultural entertainment that will bring years of success to our multi-functional complex and community.

AEG Facilities president Bob Newman added: "We are thrilled and honoured to support Atletico Paranaense's rich and long-standing tradition of success, both in Brazil and internationally. 

"Curitiba is one of South America's most dynamic sports and entertainment markets, and we look forward to being a partner of the Curitiba community as they prepare for the 2014 World Cup."

As part of the deal, AEG Facilities will also operate the venue's 10,000-seater, indoor sister stadium, the Arena Olympico, which is due to open in 2015.

Posted on 04/12/2012