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SBD Global/August 30, 2012/Leagues and Governing Bodies

FIFA General Secretary Valcke Satisfied With Construction Of The Arena Da Amazônia

FIFA General Secretary Jérôme Valcke visited the Arena da Amazônia in Manaus, Brazil on Tuesday, according to COPA2014.gov.br. The construction company in charge of the project revealed the stadium is 44% finished and Valcke said that the arena would be finished on schedule. Valcke: "Today we had a meeting with the governor and the local organizing committee, and the works in the stadium are advanced. If things continue at this pace, everything will be done on time." The R$532,2M ($259.5M) stadium will have a capacity of 44,000 and is scheduled to host four World Cup matches (COPA2014.gov.br, 8/28). LOC Management Board Member and former Brazilian national team striker Ronaldo joined Valcke in his visit of the stadium and was impressed. Ronaldo said, "I think that with a stadium like this Manaus will have a very definite chance of staging major international matches as well as shows and other events. This arena could become an important stage" (FIFA).
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