Famous club won’t be able to play at Maracana and cannot return home as repair works begin at their Engenhao. The club are thought to play several fixtures as far as 1,000-2,000 km away from Rio de Janeiro – SambaFoot.com reports.
Botafogo president Mauricio Assumpção has said that work will begin on the stadium this coming Monday, and as well as repairing the stadium, construction workers will also look into what caused the current faults. The ground is to be closed until as late as 2015.
In the meantime Botafogo are likely to play some games in Brasilia at the Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha (roughly 1,200km away), but they willl play their derby against Fluminense on July 7 at the Itaipava Arena Pernambuco in Recife (over 2,000km).
Botafogo’s original intention was to play games at the Maracanã, but these proposals hit a snag when they were put to the consortium who run the stadium, and a solution couldn't be agreed upon.
It’s thought that o Glorioso will play around seven or eight games at stadiums around Brazil, and will effectively be on tour until work on their own stadium is complete.