FIFA, LOC and the Federal Government wind up a cycle of visits at the Mané Garrincha Stadium
28/06/2012 19:43 - Portal Brasil
On the last leg of a sequence of three visits by FIFA and the Local Organizing Committee to the World Cup host cities, representatives of the organizations and the Federal Government undertook an inspection of the Mané Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia on Thursday morning (June 28). The arena will host the opening of the 2013 Confederations Cup, with the Brazilian national team playing a game on June 15.
The Minister for Sports, Aldo Rebelo, and the Executive Secretary of the Sports Ministry, Luis Fernandes, accompanied the Federal District Governor, Agnelo Queiroz, the FIFA Secretary-General, Jerome Valcke, the President of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC), José Maria Marin, and former players and members of the LOC Council, Ronaldo and Bebeto, as well as the FIFA ambassador, the artist Romero Britto. They first attended a presentation on the progress of the project and they then went on to visit the makeshift pitch inside the stadium, used by construction workers during their time off, to take a closer look at physical progress.
According to the construction consortium the arena is on schedule, with the lower grandstand completed, the middle 90% ready and the construction of the upper grandstand well advanced. The stadium roofing has already been tendered. Proposals for the supply of seating will be presented this week. The following steps are tenders for the grass for the pitch and the scoreboard. "This visit once again demonstrates compliance with schedule for the Mané Garrincha National Stadium. It confirms our belief that it will be a construction befitting the country's capital city, its challenges, and its boldness. Brazil will have a stadium suitable for the Confederations Cup and the World Cup", said the Minister for Sports, Aldo Rebelo.