Sports in João Pessoa

Aside from its beautiful attractions, João Pessoa also offers its tourists and residents with venues for various sports activities. And like the other cities in Brazil, it too has its own football clubs.

The city has two main stadiums; the José Américo de Almeida Filho Stadium and the Evandro Lélis Stadium. José Américo de Almeida Filho Stadium, shortly known as Almeidão, is a multi-purpose stadium that hosts most of the football matches in the city. Built in 1975, it has the capacity to hold 40,000 audiences. The government-owned stadium was named after former governor José Américo de Almeida’s son, José Américo de Almeida Filho, who was also a former football player.

Aside from its stadiums, the city of João Pessoa is also home to the Ronaldo Cunha Lima Gymnasium.

Football clubs Centro Sportivo Paraibano, Auto Esporte Clube, and Botafogo plays for the city as well; the last being among the state’s famous clubs. Founded at the neighborhood of Cristo Redentor on September 28, 1931, the club has already won several major and minor competitions, with a number of records in national events.

So while enjoying the captivating sights in João Pessoa, you may also want to catch a sports event in the city and meet the sporty side of the locals.