Pictures taken in July 2012 by the monitoring team of Brazil’s Ministry of Sport portray the advance of the construction works in the twelve 2014 FIFA World Cup stadiums. See all pictures, with the possibility of downloading them in high resolution and check out the stage each construction project has reached. The World Cup Portal has collected precise information from representatives of the host cities.
At the end of July, 70% of the construction works of the Mineirão had been concluded. The refurbishment of the ground, which will be the stage of three 2013 Confederations Cup matches and another six 2014 World Cup matches, is expected to finish in December this year. Currently, 99% of the pre-molded parts for the stands and promenade have been manufactured and 95% of them have been assembled. Eighty per cent of the lower stand has been concluded and 95% of the new security ditch has been completed. The Mineirão will have capacity for 64 thousand fans and investments in the order of R$ 695 million, 400 million of which from federal financing.
The opening of the 2013 Confederations Cup will be at the National Mané Garrincha Stadium in Brasilia, which made it to the end of July with 69% of its construction works finished. One hundred per cent of the pre-molded parts for the upper stands have been manufactured, with 56% of these parts having been assembled. The support structure of the middle stand has been concluded and the finishing work has started in the sector that will house the boxes (98%). Ninety-eight per cent of the support structures of the lower stands have been completed. Stage of seven 2014 World Cup matches, the ground will have capacity for 70 thousand people and has been budgeted in R$ 812.2 million, without federal financing.
Forty-six per cent of the construction works of the Pantanal Arena, stage of four 2014 World Cup matches, had been completed in July. In the west sector, the upper stands are being built, as well as the elevator towers, the stairwell and masonry work is being done in the toilets. The metal structures of the north and south sectors have been assembled. Thirty-three per cent of the four porticos, towers that will support the rooftop cover, one at each corner of the ground, has been completed. The stadium’s capacity will be of 43 thousand people. The total investment is of R$ 518.9 million, with R$ 285 million from federal financing.
The Baixada Arena will be the stage of four 2014 World Cup matches and 14.3% of the refurbishment works had been concluded by the end of July. Added to the structure, this means that 45% of the interventions anticipated for the World Cup have been concluded. Currently, the work is mostly concentrated on concreting in the six blocks that will support the structure of the stadium’s second ring. The venue will have capacity for 41 thousand people, with investments in the order of R$ 234 million, 123 million of which from federal financing. The delivery date has been set for February 2013.
At the end of July, 83% of the project of the Castelão stadium had been finalised. Stage of three 2013 Confederations Cup matches and another six in the 2014 World Cup, the construction works are at an advanced stage and 70% of the trellised scissor beams, which will support the rooftop cover, have been completed. In August, the rooftop cover will have its metal sandwich tiles put in, made up of two metal sides and filled with insulating foam. The delivery date has been set for December this year and the stadium will have capacity for 67 thousand people, with investment in the order of R$ 518.6 million, 351.5 million of which from federal financing.
In July, 42% of the constructions works of the Amazônia Arena, stage of four World Cup matches, had been finished. The lower ring of the stands is in the final conclusion stage. On the east side, the first support pillars of the rooftop cover metal structure are ready. On the west side, the work has been focusing on the paving of the car parks. The ground will have capacity for 44 thousand fans and investments in the order of R$ 532.2 million, 400 million of which from federal financing. Construction works are expected to be completed by December 2013.
In August, builders at the Dunas Arena began to work around four different shifts, which means that 1.1 thousand of them are now at work. The measure is part of a plan to speed up construction and have 50% of the stadium delivered by December 2012. On the 30th of June, 26.85% of the stadium had been completed and at the end of July this figure was closer to 30%. In 2014, the venue will be the stage of four World Cup matches.
Stage of five World Cup matches, at the beginning of August, 31% of the refurbishment works of the Beira-Rio stadium had been concluded. The building of the pre-molded lower stands was finalised in one of the quadrants. Twenty-five per cent of the marquise has been removed. The stadium is expected to be delivered in December 2013. The stadium’s capacity will be of 52 thousand people.
At the end of June, 48.6% of the Pernambuco Arena had been finished. The goal is for the construction works to progress at a rate of 6% a month, as the stadium will host three matches of the 2013 Confederations Cup. The first containers with 25% of the rooftop cover, imported from Spain, are already at the Suape Port in Pernambuco. There are 4,050 builders at the site and the construction works stop for only one period a day, between 4:26 and 6:59, when maintenance is done on equipment and the site is cleaned.
Rio de Janeiro
The last official figures for the Maracanã, measured on the 30th of June, recorded a physical advance of 59% of the refurbishment works of the stadium that will be the stage of the finals of the Confederations Cup and the 2014 World Cup. The masonry work of the 231 toilets has been practically finished. The compression ring, which will support the tensioned structure has reached 56.7% of conclusion. The rooftop cover will protect 75 thousand of the 79 thousand places.
Stage of three 2013 Confederations Cup matches and six games of the 2014 World Cup, 65% of the Fonte Nova Arena has been concluded. The assembly stage of the superstructure (pillars, beams, slabs and stands) is almost finished. Seventy-five per cent of the compression ring of the rooftop cover has been completed and 80% of the foundations of the garage building have been put in. Thirty-nine per cent of the electrical, hydraulic and IT related works have been finished and 15% of the tension structure for the rooftop cover has arrived.
At the end of July, 45.17% of the stadium that will be the stage of the opening match of the World Cup had been built. A crane with capacity for 1.5 thousand tons and a 114 metre long boom are being used at the building site for assembling the metal structure of the rooftop cover. The steps have begun to be put in at the stands. The east sector has advanced the most and is at the final building stages. In the west sector, where the boxes will be found, the structures have started to be assembled.
Gabriel Fialho and Tiago Falqueiro – World Cup Portal