Rio’s Engenhao Stadium Closes

The Engenhão has been closed, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil News

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Mayor Eduardo Paes has closed the Engenhao Stadium indefinitely. This has thrown the Carioca football schedule into a state of chaos, as there is the remainder of a state tournament to play, and the Copa Libertadores tournament to play later this year.

The stadium was closed due to problems with the structure which raised safety concerns. The match between Fluminense and Macae last night was moved to another stadium – the Sao Januario stadium in Vasco.

The mayor has stated the following on the situation “The problem has been identified, but I have not yet been presented with a solution. The stadium will only be reopened when the risk is definitively solved. It could be anything from a month to a year,”

The stadium is still relatively new, with it opening in 2007 for the Pan America games. The closing has caused embarrassment as the city gears up for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics. The new Maracana stadium in Rio is still being completed, leaving Rio’s four large teams with only one major stadium.

The Sao Januario, Moca Bonita, Taca Rio, Copa do Brasil, Libertadores, and the Bangu stadiums will be used alternately for the games, however the Copa do Brasil and Libertadores stadiums do not have proper lighting for evening, making night games impossible. Instead, night games will be played in the meantime at the Moacryzao and Raulino de Oliveira stadiums.

2013 Confederation Cup Stadiums in Brazil

The 2013 Confederations Cup is to be held in 4 months in Brazil, for which Brazil is now entering the final stages of completion of the six stadiums it built for the competition. After completion, all stadiums will have to pass safety tests before hosting FIFA matches.

Two of the stadiums have already reached completion, and have already hosted matches. The Mineirao stadium in Belo Borizonte and the Castelao stadium in Fortaleza both hosted matches at the beginning of the year. The Mineirao stadium will also host a match in Aprial between the Brazilian Nationals and Chile.

The Mane Garrincha stadium in Brasilia will be hosting the opening ceremonies for the Confederations match in June, despite the city not being well known for its place in soccer.

The Arena Pernambuco stadium in Recife experienced some delays near the end of October last year, however they are set to be completed on Schedule. The roof installation began earlier this month. Hopes are high for the stadium to be completed within the next month so it can host 3 matches during the Confederations Cup.

Unfortunately, the Maracana stadium in Rio is causing a bit of concern as of late as it has had some strike issues and delays. They are currently struggling to get it completed before the date of June 2nd so the Brazilian nationals can play the first official match against England. December of 2012 and February of 2013 were the original completion dates set, however they were missed. The current completion goal date is May 28th.

The Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador had a grueling two month delay, however it is scheduled to be completed today, February 28th. The finishing touches were being put on the museum just last week. The third-placed match will take place at the Fonte Nova stadium. Brazil’s second group game against Italy will also be hosted here.