Brazil opens another World Cup stadium

By Drum Digital
11 March 2014

The World Cup stadium in the Amazonian city of Manaus was inaugurated with a ceremony and test match in front of a crowd of 20 000 fans.

The World Cup stadium in the Amazonian city of Manaus was inaugurated with a ceremony and test match in front of a crowd of 20 000 fans on Sunday.

The stadium is the eighth of the 12 World Cup stadiums to be officially handed over with construction still underway in Curitiba and Sao Paulo, which will host the opening match on June 12.

Stadium construction in Brazil for this year's World Cup soccer tournament has been plagued by accidents, cost overruns and delays.

The Arena Amazonia was no different. The stadium was originally supposed to have been completed in December and three people were killed in accidents during construction of the $669. 5 million reais ($285 million dollar) project. In total six people have died during the building of the 12 venues.

Brazilian Sports Minster Aldo Rebelo joined the governor of the state of Amazonas, Omar Aziz and other local officials to officially inaugurate the stadium on Monday. Rebelo sounded confident with one of the most problematic stadiums now more than 97% complete. "Amazonas has done things a lot tougher than this stadium and then a World Cup," Rebelo said.

Some 7 000 of the 20 000 fans present for the test match were workers and their family members. The remaining 13 000 tickets were sold at open admission. The upper decks of the 44 310 capacity stadium were empty, but two more test matches are scheduled before the World Cup begins - the next will hold 30 000 fans and the last to be at full capacity.

- Reuters

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