The Maracanã stadium in Rio de Janeiro (Brazilian Southeast region) has been undergoing refurbishment works since August 2010 in order to meet FIFA requirements and be a venue of the 2013 Confederations Cup and the 2014 World Cup. The stadium will be the stage of both competitions’ finals. Different from the 1950 World Cup final, when over 173 thousand people were at the stadium, the stadium’s future capacity will be of 76.5 thousand supporters.
Approximately 2,700 workers are currently putting in the first parts of the new stands. The plates are manufactured at the building site itself and stored at the centre of where the stadium’s new pitch will be. In all, 2,748 parts will be assembled in the metal and concrete structures to meet FIFA requirements.
In order to support the stands, four cranes will place the parts in the new structures. The new stands started to be set up in November 2011 and are expected to be concluded in September 2012, before the new cover is hoisted. With the new cover, the stadium’s covered area will increase from 24.35 thousand metres to 47.35 thousand metres square.
The old cover has already been removed and the new cover will be a tensile membrane structure. Self-cleaning and translucent, the new cover will provide uniform lighting conditions for the whole of the stands.
Of the stadium’s traditional structure, only the façade will remain, inscribed in the World Heritage List by the National Artistic and Historical Heritage Institute (IPHAN), body of the Ministry of Culture that has the mission of preserving the country’s cultural heritage. According to the updated World Cup Responsibility Matrix, R$ 833 million (US$ approximately 503.5 million) will be invested in the venue, with R$ 400 coming from BNDES. The venue will have 14 thousand parking spaces, in addition to improved access ways, toilets and snack bars.
Furthermore, improvements to the stadium’s access ways and the building of a leisure area, with bicycle lanes and squares are expected. Two walkways will be built for pedestrians, so that they may walk over the road and railway, connecting Maracanã to a park. The construction works are expected to be concluded by February 2013.
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Every month, the monitoring team from the Ministry of Sport visits stadiums, airports and urban mobility services to show in images and videos, what is being done in each of the 12 host cities. Watch the video that shows the progress of Maracanã construction works in October and November 2011:
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