The late writer David Foster Wallace once declared, “Beauty is not the goal of competitive sports, but high-level sports are a prime venue for the expression of human beauty.” For the 2014 World Cup, that expression takes the form of 12 magnificent stadiums across Brazil. In anticipation of the monthlong, global tournament, AD surveys these dazzling, innovative spaces -- some recently renovated, others completely new.

-- Nick Mafi

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