São Paulo will be the venue for the opening match

04/11/2011 - 16:02
The city will also be the stage of another five matches, including a quarter-final and one of the semi-finals

Gabriel Heusi#

FIFA announced on 20 October the venues for the 2013 Confederations Cup and the 2014 World Cup. São Paulo was confirmed as the stage of the World Cup opening match. The Corinthians Stadium, which is expected to be concluded by December 2013 will not take part in the Confederations Cup, but will be the venue of six World Cup matches, including a quarter-final and one of the semi-finals (01.07 and 08.07 respectively).

In addition to the opening match, with the host nation Brazil on the 12th of June 2014, the city will also be the stage of two group stage games featuring two seeded national teams. On the 19th of June, the seeded team in Group D will play and on the 26th of June, the seeded team in Group H. The other match, featuring two teams from Group B will take place on the 23rd of June.

Preparation
In order to host World Cup matches in São Paulo, a new stadium – the first of its size in the city’s east area - is being built by Sport Club Corinthians Paulista. The constructions works in the Itaquera neighbourhood started officially on the 30th of May. According to Odebrecht, the construction company in charge, 864 root piles have been dug in, 193 concrete blocks have been put in and 21 pillars put up. 58 % of the earthworks have been concluded. The stadium, which will cost 820 million reais (approximately US$ 468.3 million), will have capacity for 48,000 people, but will also have a temporary stand for another 20,000 people. Therefore, it will meet more than the minimum requirement made by FIFA in order to be able to be the venue of the opening match or important games, such as the semi-final, which is of at least 65 thousand people. The project also features facilities for hosting 32 heads of state and structure for the simultaneous work of five thousand journalists.

Training
In order to assist in the delivery of the project, the construction company opened vacancies in its training programme – the Acreditar Programme - in partnership with the city’s Town Hall. The course began on the 17th of October with theory lessons for two classes in the region. Twenty students took part in the inaugural lesson for civil construction production assistant and 16 in the carpentry lesson. The lessons were given by teachers from SENAI (National Industrial Learning Service). In all, the course will reach 800 people and will offer eight groups in the production assistant course and two in the carpentry course, aimed at rebar setters and bricklayers. The lessons are held in the D. Bosco Social Construction site.

In the area of urban mobility, in addition to interventions in roadways next to the stadium, a monorail system will be built which will connect Congonhas Airport to Metro lines and trains that reach the venue. The value of the works, which should be concluded by May 2014 is of 3.1 billion reais (1,082 billion from federal funding and the other 2,026 billion as a matching financial action from the state government).

Check out the animated graphics that show what the Itaquerão Stadium will look like when it is finished:

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