Brazil: Very festive, but was this an opening?
Some 40,000 people came to opening ceremony of Brazil's first World Cup venue yesterday. And it was great – this is the message that went global. But it wasn't all that fun for locals, who were pushed out of the stadium by police forces.
Brazil: People protest Maracanã’s privatization
The country’s most iconic stadium in Rio de Janeiro is set for privatization next year. This has caused outrage among citizens, who claim no-one should single-handedly own this venue.
Brazil: Operation ‘big lift’ at Maracana set to begin
It’s going to be one of the largest membrane roofs worldwide. 25 alpinists have just finished their training sessions ahead of a mighty task – working as high as 40 meters above ground level to create the structure.
Brazil: FIFA confirmed Confederation Cup venues
All six stadiums submitted by Brazil were accepted by FIFA, even though two met with severe criticism a few months back for construction delays. Now we present current status (and photos) of all the chosen venues.
Brazil: Will FIFA avoid ‘ghost viewers’?
It seems impossible to get rid of, but FIFA attempts to minimize it. And by ‘it’ we mean ghost viewers – with tickets sold, but left unused. Number of such spots may reach several thousand per game.
Brazil: Remains of Råsunda to be used in Recife
Two days after farewell to Sweden’s national stadium we already know the future location of its parts. That symbolic venue will start a second life at Recife’s Arena Pernambuco. How? Copa2014.gov.br explains.
Brazil: Celebration in Natal with construction ahead of schedule
Recent estimations say half of the new stadium in Natal will be ready by the end of December. An increase in pace and reason to celebrate for the city singled out by FIFA as one with risk of losing the 2014 World Cup, “Tribuna do Norte” reports.
Brazil: Largest stadiums in national colours
Two of the most important stadiums in Brazil will have seats in national colours – it was announced. However configuration at Maracana will be completely different from the one at Estádio Nacional.
Brazil 2014: Record sales of hospitality packages
Though it’s only 7 months since premium seats at Brazilian stadiums went on sale for the 2014 World Cup, targeted income already exceeds expectations and is higher than total hospitality revenue from South Africa’s 2010 World Cup.
Warsaw: Largest game of that kind
Euros have already been played at stadiums with roof covering the pitch. But never before was the attendance as high as in Warsaw’s opening game of Euro 2012. Crowd yesterday stood at 56,826 people.
Brazil: Maracana half way there – needs to speed up
Measured on May 31st, the progress of works in Rio de Janeiro is estimated at 54%. Things need to go faster if the ground is to be ready by the end of March 2013.
Brazil: Works in Sao Paulo to reach 60% by the end of 2012
Stadium scheduled to host 2014 World Cup’s opening game isn’t subject to much controversy any more. Pace should allow workers to reach 60% of the structure by the end of the year – globo.com reports.
Brazil: Natal stadium given special attention by FIFA
Construction of Arena das Dunas began as the last one for 2014 World Cup. Now FIFA claims the building is behind schedule and needs constant monitoring to assure completion on time – Copa.gov.br reports.