FIFA Secretary-General Jerome Valcke visited the Amazônia Arena in Manaus this Tuesday (28.08) in the company of the Executive Secretary of the Ministry of Sport Luis Fernandes, former player Ronaldo - member of the Administration Council of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) - and the vice-governor of the state of Amazonas José Melo. The FIFA representative pointed out that no 2014 World Cup stadium is behind schedule.
Forty-four per cent of the ground in the capital city of the state of Amazonas has been finished, according to the developer in charge of the project. Valcke reiterated his belief that the venue will be ready within the established deadline. “When Brazil was chosen as World Cup hosts, to us it seemed obvious for Manaus to be one of the host cities, because the world needs to see the Amazon forest. We have had a meeting with the government and LOC today and construction works of the stadium are at an advanced stage. If they continue at this rate, they'll be finished in time".
Luis Fernandes emphasised that investments for the World Cup are not limited to the venues where the matches will be played. “There are 51 urban mobility projects being developed in the 12 host cities, and these projects are aimed at driving the cities' economic and infrastructure development. What we have discussed here is that urban mobility interventions for the World Cup will be ready in time, but there are other dimensions to these projects which will become legacy for the population”.
The 2014 World Cup stadium in the state of Amazonas will have capacity for 44 thousand people and will host four matches, all in the group stage of the competition. The project has been budgeted in R$ 532.2 million, with R$ 400 million coming from federal financing.
Former player Ronaldo said that the stadium will also be an asset for the growth of local football and hopes that with the new multi-use stage, several international events may be held in the state. “Football here will have more encouragement with this beautiful FIFA standard stadium and the teams should thus, have more incentive to try to make it into the Brazilian top leagues. I wish that happens. Shame I won’t be able to play in these World Cup grounds”, he joked.
The next stop of the LOC and FIFA delegation is Cuiabá (state of Mato Grosso), where they will inspect the Pantanal Arena this Wednesday (29.08). The cycle of trips will finish in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday (30.08), where the LOC Council will meet in Barra da Tijuca. After the meeting there will be a press conference.
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