Five matches will be played at Internacional’s stadium, one involving a top seeded national side and a second round showdown. This sums up the participation of the state of Rio Grande do Sul in the FIFA 2014 World Cup. The announcement was made by FIFA in Zurich (Switzerland) on 20 October. The first World Cup match is scheduled to take place on Sunday the 15th of June between two teams in Group E. The other three group stage matches are scheduled for the 18th, 22nd and 25th of June, with the seeded team in Group D playing in the last game. The second round showdown will take place on Sunday the 29th of June and will be the last game held at the venue.
Well structured, with a great number of members, Internacional is conducting construction works as a result of the Gigante Para Sempre (Always a Giant) project. The new Beira-Rio stadium, property of Sport Club Internacional, will have a modern metal cover to protect the 60,000 numbered seats in the venue, as well as access ramps and gates. The lower stands will be extended and brought closer to the pitch and all of the lower circle will have master boxes. The car park’s capacity will be increased to 8,000 spaces.
The project also includes the refurbishment and adaptation of the Gigantinho gymnasium, beside the stadium so that it may host concerts and conventions, offering other sources of revenue for the club. In partnership with the private sector, Internacional also announced the building of a hotel in the complex, which could be used by the team when the need arises to stay there the night before a match and for other teams playing matches in Porto Alegre.
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