POSTED: June 4th 2013

Maracana Stadium reopens with international friendly

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Brazil and England reopened the Maracana Stadium Sunday with a thrilling 2-2- draw in front of a capacity 78,000 crowd. The international friendly was the first event held at the iconic stadium since a test event in April in front of 21,000 construction workers who worked on the stadium’s renovations.

Brazil President Dilma Rousseff, Vice President Michel Temer, Rio de Janeiro State Governor Sergio Cabral, Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes and Rio 2016 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games President Carlos Nuzman were in attendance at the test event, an exhibition match between two teams of football legends including Ronaldo and Bebeto.

The Maracana Stadium showcased today’s international football stars like Neymar and Wayne Rooney ahead of the FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2014 FIFA World Cup, with each Final set for the newly-renovated stadium.

The stadium now has general seating, special seating, premium, box seating and VIP box seating, with seats around 50 centimetres wide, retractable, and in line with the Brazilian Association of Technical Standards. Four access ramps have been added to the two monumental ramps already in use and 17 new lifts and 12 escalators allow for an evacuation time of eight to 12 minutes.

Fibreglass and Teflon make up the 68-metre tensile roof and 396 LED floodlights light the field. Three rooms have been set aside for the Building Management System’s control and security centre, from which fans displaying suspicious behaviour can be seen. The stadium will also be granted environmental certification because the renovations followed the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design guidance from Brazil’s Green Building Council.

The Maracana Stadium is the fourth of five Rio 2016 competition venues to be reopened following renovations for the Confederations Cup and FIFA World Cup. The Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador and Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia have already reopened for use.

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