FIFA Confederations Cup 2013: Brasilia, opening match host city

08/03/2013 - 15:26
Expecting a packed out stadium, the city shall host the match between Brazil and Japan on 15 June

The kick-off of the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 will take place at the National Mané Garrincha Stadium in Brasilia, at 4:00pm on 15 June. The match will be the only game in the tournament to be played in Brasilia. However, the game will have Brazil take to the pitch. Their opponents will be the Asian Champions Japan. The match is a taster of the seven 2014 World Cup matches Brazil's capital will host. At first, the demand for Brazil - Japan tickets was so high, that the tickets FIFA had allocated to the general public were temporarily sold out.

With the stadium’s delivery date set for 21 April, the city’s anniversary, the assembly of the roof's membrane is in its final stages at the National Stadium. The 90 thousand metre square material will be divided in two layers: the upper and lower layers, as if it were an oven. The main film is split up into 48 modules.

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The canvas roof is being assembled by two teams, with around 100 workers. It should be ready by the end of March. The roof is one of the technological innovations the project will have on show. It works similar to a “inverted bicycle wheel" system and is made up of a prestressed structure with metal cables and trusses, coated by a membrane that covers all of the stadium’s 71 thousand seats.

The lower, upper and middle stands are ready, as well as the thirty-six metre high 288 pillars that surround the arena and offer shape to the access area. The one kilometre long and 22 metres wide compression ring has also been finished.

The stadium will have numbered and retractable seats, at an initial distance from the pitch of 7.5 metres. The seats will start to be assembled when the roof and pitch have been finished.

In order to meet and greet the tourists that will visit the country during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the airport, which has had its management recently transferred to the private initiative, is undergoing refurbishment. Until 2014, terminals 1 and 2 will undergo refurbishment and a new terminal will be built with 15 boarding positions, divided in two piers and increasing the total number of boarding bridges from 13 to 28.  Until the sporting event, the number of parking spaces will double, reaching 3 thousand spots. It is anticipated that the airport’s capacity will go from the current 13 million passengers per year to 21 million by 2014, reaching 41 million towards the end of the concession contract.

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