KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Kansas City-based architecture firm has a World Cup connection. Populous, located in Kansas City’s River Market, designed the stadium where Mexico takes on Cameroon Friday.
The 42,000-seat stadium will also host the U.S. team on Monday as they face Ghana.
Populous was the only American company to design a stadium for the World Cup. The “Estadio das Dunas " was modeled after the gently rolling dunes of Brazil.
The Populous architecture team built a steel, white roof with slits to allow in the balmy coastal breeze of Natal. The steel petals over the stadium are higher on one side than the other to give the impression that it's moving like a sand dune.
"The arena das Dunas really reflects the climate and culture of Natal, Brazil and we've tried to make it a stadium appropriate for that location,” Senior Architect Bruce Miller said.
While others raced against the clock to finish last minute items before the start of the games, Miller said, "we were the last to start and the first to finish.”
Since security has been a big talking point in the World Cup games, this stadium will be outfitted with 200 cameras with facial recognition software.