Built in about two and a half years, the Arena das Dunas was given to Natal population on December 31, 2013, and had its inaugural football match on January 26, 2014, with a double round of America (RN) and Confiança (SE) by the Nordeste Cup and ABC (RN) x Alecrim (RN) by the Potiguar Championship. Stage four games of the FIFA World Cup in June 2014, received more than 158,000 fans during the days of the event. Especially the duel between world champions Italy and Uruguay. It was the 3rd best rated among the World Cup arenas by the Portal UOL research addressing items such as food, access, volunteers, mobile operation, safety and cleanliness / comfort. In January 2016, it was classified by the Brazilian System Stadiums Classification (Sisbrace) as the best arena in the Brasil, being the only stadium to receive top marks on all counts.