Rio 2016 inaugurates third Football stadium
CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications
(SFC) Brazil President Dilma Rousseff, Brazilian Minister of Sports Aldo Rebelo and Governor of the Federal District Agnelo Queiroz attended the inauguration of Brasilia’s Mane Garrincha National Stadium Saturday.
Mane Garrincha National Stadium is one of the six stadiums to host Football at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, and held its first test event – the Federal District National Championship Final between Brasiliense and Brasilia – Saturday. It will also host the FIFA Confederations Cup Opening Ceremony 15 June.
The stadium, originally constructed in 1974, was rebuilt as a multi-use complex for the Games. It now encompasses an area of 1.6 million square metres and can seat 71,000 spectators, and houses 74 hospitality boxes. With retractable seats only 7.5 metres from the pitch, the stadium is 4.8 metres lower than its original height for better line of sight. An area for 2,850 journalists is furnished with technology and acoustics.
The stadium’s façade resembles various monuments of the federal capital, including architect Oscar Niemeyer’s design of a set of 288 columns around the building, forming a lounge area and public access.
Located within a three-kilometre radius from hotel and hospital sectors in the Federal Capital, Mane Garrincha National Stadium is also within walking distance from the shopping and convention centres.
Mane Garrincha National Stadium follows Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte and Arena Fonte Nova in Bahia as the third stadium for Rio 2016 to be inaugurated. Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro – to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies – will reopen 2 June with a friendly match between Brazil and England. These four stadiums will be used for the Confederations Cup in 2013 and the 2014 FIFA World Cup, while Sao Paulo will be the fifth Olympic Football competition host city.
Mane Garrincha National Stadium is set to receive the Leed Platinum label, and internationally recognised distinction for sustainability. The stadium’s renovations used recyclable materials, including the old stadium’s materials. The stadium uses rainwater and solar energy harvesting systems, while the cover membrane is self-cleaning, allows natural lighting, and reduces the need for air-conditioning.
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