In conjunction with our Rio+20 coverage, Future Cape Town looks at the progress of stadia under construction in Brazil in anticipation of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
The Arena Beira-Rio has been subject to three weeks of continuous work since the reform of the stadium resumed. Work currently under way is focused on the lower bleachers, with further work to be done on converting the precast concrete structure into new bleachers. Electrical and plumbing work inside the stadium is also scheduled. The stadium will host five games during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, four in the first phase and one quarter-final. Final delivery of the 52,000-capacity stadium is expected in December 2013.
Recife 50% complete
A confirmed host stadium for the 2013 Confederations Cup, the Arena Pernambuco will also host five World Cup matches in 2014- four first phase matches and one quater-final. The stadium has a projected capacity of 46,000 and forms part of a larger development project which includes the construction of a planned neighbourhood 19 kilometres from the Recife International Airport. A multipurpose complex has also been included in the project, which is designed to host shows, conventions and other events. The stadium design follows the European model, meaning there will be no fence or ditch, and includes cabins and a platform. The stadium boasts five types of stands, and all seats will be covered. Arena Pernambuco is scheduled for completion in February 2013.