In the last stop in the round of three visits made by FIFA and the Local Organising Committee to World Cup host cities, representatives of entities and the federal government inspected the National Mané Garrincha Stadium in Brasilia this Thursday morning (28.06). The venue will be the stage of the opening match of the 2013 Confederations Cup on the 15th of June, with the hosts Brazil. Before Brasilia, the group visited Recife and Natal.
The Minister of Sport Aldo Rebelo and the Ministry's executive secretary Luis Fernandes, took part in the monitoring visit, in the company of the governor of the Federal Distric Agnelo Queiroz, FIFA Secretary-General Jerome Valcke, the president of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) José Maria Marin, former footballers and members of LOC’s Council Ronaldo and Bebeto, as well as artist and FIFA ambassador Romero Brito.
According to the contractor, construction works at the venue are on schedule, for example, the lower stands have been finished, 90% of the middle stand has been concluded and the upper stands have started to be assembled. The rooftop cover has already undergone a tender process. This week, bids for the chairs shall be submitted. The next steps are procuring the pitch and the score board.
“Once more, the visit established that the National Mané Garrincha Stadium is on schedule. It confirms our confidence that this will be a monument fitting with the image of the federal capital city, its challenges and its boldness”, stated Rebelo.
Agnelo Queiroz reinforced that the works are on schedule and pointed out the venue’s sustainable features. “We are striving to be awarded the Leed Platinum certificate, which would make this stadium a national benchmark and cutting edge in relation to sustainable buildings in the world. In ten years, we will be able to get the return of our investment", he said.
FIFA Secretary-General Jerome Valcke showed enthusiasm in relation to the structure. “The stadium in Brasilia will be a jewel, which can be seen and felt already. It is truly a venue apt to represent the capital of the country. In addition, it will be an example of sustainable building not just in Brazil, but for the world”.
Ronaldo and Bebeto commented on the grandeur of the stage of seven 2014 FIFA World Cup matches. “It reminds me of Europeans stadiums where I played in, like the one in Barcelona (Camp Nou) and in Madrid (Santiago Bernabeu). The construction works are amazing and on schedule. Congratulations to all workers for their effort and enthusiasm”, said Ronaldo. “It is a really special stadium. It will be great when the Confederations Cup starts", added Bebeto.
During the visit, Bebeto, Ronaldo, Aldo Rebelo, Jerome Valcke and Agnelo played around, taking and defending penalties. Some of the 4 thousand workers who are working in three different shifts also took part. Among them, Fabiana Silva Santos (right), 25. Not only did she take a penalty while Ronaldo was in goal, she also saved a penalty taken by Bebeto. “I’m still overwhelmed with all the emotion", she said. "We will do everything we can to make sure the stadium is ready in time”.
One of the traits of the venue in Brasilia is its concern with environmental criteria. The concept of a green arena started, according to information from the contractor, when the project was still being designed. Recycled or recyclable materials are being used. Everything that was removed from the old stadium was reused in the building works or by recycling cooperatives in the Federal Disctrict. After ready, solar energy will be used and rainwater reused.
The rooftop cover follows the same concept. The coating will use of a membrane made of special material, which as well as providing natural lighting, reflects sunrays better. As a result, heat inside the venue is reduced, as well as the need for air conditioning and other artificial types of ventilation.