An American delegation visited the National Mané Garrincha Stadium in Brasilia this Thursday (29.11). They were attracted to the potential investments and the staging of big events Brazil's capital city has to offer. Made up of twenty people, among them, entrepreneurs and representatives of the US government and embassy in Brasilia, the group had the opportunity to see how the construction works are progressing and other projects the city has for the next few years. The aim of the visit is to strengthen relations between both nations, enabling American investments in areas like sport, culture and entertainment.
“The stadium is beautifully built and will be a window that will attract the gaze of the whole world to the city”, said the representative of the Global Intergovernmental Affairs Agency Reta Jo Lewis, adding that she will get in touch again with the national and local governments to address partnership agreements.
The visit’s main reason was the fact that Brasilia is one of the FIFA Confederations Cup 2013 and 2014 FIFA World Cup host cities. “Renowned entrepreneurs, with a lot of experience, particularly in the area of sports were part of the delegation. Our aim is to share knowledge and solutions and see what can be done to attract events and investing groups" highlighted the Minister Counsellor of the US Embassy Todd Chapman.
Brasilia’s Extraordinary Secretary for the World Cup Claudio Monteiro made a presentation about the city, the government’s projects and the arena’s sustainable and multi-purpose features. “These entrepreneurs are looking for business opportunities. In addition to our potential for the tourist and service sectors, we'll open a public bidding process for the management of the stadium after the Confederations Cup", reminded Claudio Monteiro.
The head of global strategies of the American Roc Nation recording label Briant Biggs, left the stadium with several investment plans. “Between the Confederations Cup and the World Cup, the idea is to bring artists such as Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Shakira and Rihanna. If we could, we would have these concerts even before the events”, stated Briant.
The president of the Arizona Cardinals – American football team – Michael Bidwill, really liked the stadium, but acknowledged that sport needs to be more publicised in Brazil before the tournament is held. “These days, I think that the Super Bowl would not have such a big audience, but I am sure that in a few years, we'll pack the stadium out", he added.
At the end of the visit, Reta Jo Lewis invited Governor Agnelo Queiroz to take part in a seminar in April 2013 in the United States. The idea is for projects to be presented to potential investors.