After visiting Manaus this Tuesday (28.08), the FIFA Secretary-General Jerome Valcke, the Executive Secretary of the Ministry of Sport Luis Fernandes and former footballer Ronaldo – member of the Administration Council of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) – visited the Pantanal Arena in Cuiabá, this Wednesday (29.08) morning. The Mayor of the city Francisco Galindo Filho, the Governor of the state of Mato Grosso Silval Barbosa and the State Secretary for the World Cup Maurício Guimarâes were with them.
The future stadium and set of building works being developed in the city were emphasised by the delegation. Six interventions are anticipated by the Responsibility Matrix: in addition to the ground's construction project, there are three urban mobility endeavours - including the Light Rail Vehicle (LRV) – and two at Marechal Rondon Airport. One of them, the Operational Module, has already been delivered. According to Governor Silval Barbosa, another 48 infrastructure interventions are being developed in the metropolitan region.
“The number of projects that are going to change the city and the stadium after the World Cup are incredible. At the end, this is what the World Cup is all about: organising the event and changing how a city looks. Cuiabá will impress the world in 2014”, said Jerome Valcke.
Luis Fernandes affirmed that the World Cup is an opportunity for the promotion of regional development. “Cuiabá is going beyond the Responsibility Matrix, making the most of the tournament. After the World Cup, Cuiabá will be different, not just because of the event, but because it invested in infrastructure and valued local culture".
The Pantanal Arena will be the stage of four group stage matches of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Currently, forty-seven per cent of the construction work has been concluded and it is expected to be delivered in July 2013, according to information from Mato Grosso's SECOPA (World Cup Secretariat).
With capacity for 43 thousand people, the project has removable stands, which shall cater for 18 thousand people. The surrounding area of the stadium, which has over 300 thousand square metres, will have promenades, squares, walking tracks, sport and leisure areas, snack bars and restaurants.
Painting the World Cup
Before the visit to the stadium, the delegation was at the headquarters of the government of the state of Mato Grosso, where an award ceremony was held for the 'Painting the World Cup’ contest. Primary school children, from state schools from Cuiabá's metropolitan region produced drawings and paintings in relation to the tournament and the city's cultural attractions, which tourists will have a chance to see.
“It is a great investment in national and regional pride. This contest is a lesson of patriotism”, stated the Executive Secretary of the Ministry of Sport Luis Fernandes. Over 40 thousand drawings were submitted to the contest, which had three categories and one thousand finalists. In addition to notebooks (1st place), television (2nd place) and digital photo cameras (3rd), Valcke informed that the winning children will also get tickets for a World Cup match at the Pantanal Arena.