World Cup Host City: Brasília Progress
By Robbie Blakeley, Senior Contributing Reporter
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Following a 2010 series of articles detailing the World Cup host cities in Brazil, it is time again to review the progress leading up to the 2014 World Cup with attention moving to the nation’s capital, Brasília. Not a traditional footballing stronghold, nevertheless a brand new arena, the Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha is being constructed for the tournament.
How the finished Mané Garrincha stadium will look, photo by Castro Mello Arquitetos/Wikimedia Creative Commons License.
The stadium is named after former Brazilian right-winger Mané Garrincha, winner of two World Cup titles with the Seleção in 1958 and 1962. During the second success, the former best player on the planet was celebrated for carrying an average Brazilian team to the trophy, after Pelé had injured himself during the group stages.
The finished article will bear a striking resemblance to Rio’s own Maracanã. The shape is a two tiered bowl with room for 71,000 fans inside. Behind the Maracanã, it will be the second most expensive piece of World Cup construction.
The overall cost of the entire project, which includes a heliport, is estimated to cost R$863.2 million. The actual arena takes up the bulk of the expense, with building costs set at around R$671 million.
However with so many parts as yet undefined, such as the heliport, drainage system construction and purchase of grass for the pitch there are concerns the budget could be expanded.
The size and expense of this stadium reflect its importance over the next two years. The Mané Garrincha will host Confederations Cup matches in 2013, as well as the Confederations Cup Opening Ceremony.
The stadium is scheduled to be finished by December of this year, photo by Vianey Bentes/Wikimedia Creative Commons License.
When 2014 arrives, the arena will see seven World Cup matches. It is one of only two stadiums to host that many games, alongside Rio’s Maracanã, and whilst Rio get the final, Brasília will host the tournament’s third placed play-off tie.
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