This Monday (21.05), the Minister of Sport Aldo Rebelo paid his second visit to the Pantanal Arena in Cuiabá and said to be satisfied with how the stadium’s building works are progressing. The stadium will stage four 2014 FIFA World Cup matches. Rebelo pointed out that the building works are on schedule and that if necessary, the developers may accelerate interventions. The stadium's official delivery date is December 2012.
"The construction works have gone through the most critical moment, demolition, foundation and earthworks. Now, part of the structure, which is pre-molded, is being assembled. It is possible to accelerate the progress of the construction works by increasing the number of work shifts, as well as intensifying the quality of the equipment and raw materials. I collected information yesterday and today and we have groups from the ministries that are following up the interventions and we know that everything here is on schedule”, said the minister.
Together with the governor of Mato Grosso state Silvial Barbosa and the World Cup State Secretary Maurício Guimarães, the head of the Ministry of Sport went to the arena’s observation deck and heard the engineers in charge of the project explain the progress of the building works. Then, Rebelo gave a press conference in the building site itself and talked about the progress percentages of the construction works presented in different sources.
The Minister of Sport met with sport columnists from Mato Grosso after the visit, with the aim of discussing ways of promoting and strengthening football in the region. Aldo Rebelo goes to Sao Paulo this Monday, where he will visit the building site of the Itaquera Arena.
Approximately 45% of the construction works of the Pantanal arena has been finished, according to information from the World Cup Secretariat of the state of Mato Grosso. The metal structures of the south stands are being put in and the north stands are in their final assembly stage Both are removable and will provide 17 thousand seats out of the 43 thousand, which correspond to the stadium’s total capacity for 2014. Developed based on a multi-use purpose, the World Cup venue in Cuiabá has 650 builders working around 2 shifts, 24 of them having been released from slave labour and nine inmates, who have earned to right to work during the day.