Maracana left in state of ruin?
Maracana left in state of ruin?
There are major concerns for Brazil’s Maracana stadium after it was broken into and items were stolen. Rio de Janeiro’s stadium is iconic in Brazil, it was constructed in 1950 for the World Cup and underwent a $600 million renovation ahead of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. During the games it hosted both the opening and closing ceremonies as well as numerous football matches including the final Gold Medal match which saw Brazil defeat Germany with Neymar scoring the winning penalty. But it appears to be left abandoned after the games, with football officials in the city now calling for urgent action to be taken to ensure that there is no further damage.
There is often talk of events like the Olympic’s leaving a legacy. After London 2012 it was all the government spoke about, ensuring that there were longer term benefits from the games. However that does not appear to be the case in Brazil, with one of its major stadiums seemingly left to rot. It has now become a major issue, with none of the local football clubs being able to afford to play there due to the costs of renovating it. It is thought that around 7000 of the 80,000 seats are missing, the pitch has bare patches all over, there are holes in the ceiling and litter from the last Olympics is still scattered around everywhere.
This has echoes of the 2004 Olympics in Athens, which also saw some of its main sporting arenas left abandoned.
The stadium is owned by the Rio de Janeiro state government and it cannot afford the upkeep of it due to being hit by Brazil’s economic crisis. They also claim that the responsibility lays with the Rio 2016 organising committee, but the committee says that they delivered the stadium back to the state following the games. Redevelopment work was halted after companies involved were found guilty of corruption, overcharging for the work and the crux of it all is that nobody will accept responsibility for the stadium.
The Maracana SA said: “The concessionaire has not yet resumed the Maracanã and Maracanãzinho due to the noncompliance of the Term of Authorization of Use by the Rio 2016 Organising Committee.
“The VUA provides that the organising committee shall maintain the complex under its administration until it has completed all works of repair of damages and damages caused during the use, in order that the installations return to their original state.
“Only after fulfilment of these obligations will the complex return to the concessionaire.”
It is a shame to see one of the most iconic football stadiums in the world suffer due to the negligence of those in power. The stadium is usually used for matches involving the big clubs in Rio such as Flamengo and Fluminese but they cannot afford it anymore with costs to stage a fixture pricing them out.
Rubens Lopes, President of the Rio football federation, said: “For football in Rio de Janeiro and for the people of Rio, the World Cup was the worst thing that happened.
“It left the stadium closed for three years, and then it can only be reopened at a very expensive cost.”
It is uncertain when the famous old stadium will be ready to host football matches again. It could be a long time with nobody seemingly prepared to accept responsibility to sort out the problems and get it in to a playable state.
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