The 25 January 2010 was the starting point of the Mineirão's refurbishment, stadium in Belo Horizonte that will play host to six 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil matches and another three games of the Confederations Cup in 2013. In both competitions the stadium will be the stage of one of the semi-finals. The stadium will be delivered on 21 December 2012 - almost three years after works began.
In the first stage, structural repairs were done. During the second phase, between 26 June and 20 December 2010, part of the stands was demolished and the pitch was lowered in 3.4 metres. These two phases were undertaken using resources from the government of the state of Minas Gerais.
The third and last stage adapted the stadium to FIFA standards. In order to make this stage viable, a public private partnership (PPP) was established, in the value of R$ 654.5 million, with the Minas Arena Group, made up by construction companies Construcap S.A, Egesa Engenharia S.A. and Hap Engenharia Ltda. This last stage started on 21 December 2010 and will be finished on 21 December 2012. From the R$ 654.5 million, R$ 400 million came from federal financing.
“The façade was kept because it is inscribed in the historical heritage list. When the Mineirão was built, the current requirements inherent to football and engineering techniques were not around, thus, we had to take the old frame and transform it into a modern arena”, said Ricardo Barra, CEO of the Minas Arena Group, in charge of the refurbishment.
In the refurbishment and modernisation works, over 9 thousand tons of steel were used, as well as 717 tons of concrete and 137 machines. When construction was moving at its peak, three thousand people worked at the building site, 82 of them were young people who had the opportunity of having their first job, 103 women and 46 inmates who used the work at the stadium to reduce their sentences. In addition, literacy training and IT courses were offered to the workers.
The Minas Arena Group will also operate the stadium for the next 25 years. As a result of the partnership model, the Minas Gerais State was in charge of monitoring the refurbishment and then, after the stadium is reopened, it is charged with overseeing the running of the arena. The contract establishes 200 performance indicators to ensure the quality of service rendered by the private partner.
Football clubs will be able to negotiate commercial deals with the stadium’s manager. The contract secures around 60 football matches per year at the Mineirão.
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