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SBD Global/December 6, 2012/Leagues and Governing Bodies

CBF Working On Project To Ensure World Cup Stadiums Do Not Turn Into White Elephants

The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) is working on a project to ensure that the World Cup stadiums being built in Cuiabá, Manaus and Brasilia do not turn into "white elephants" after the tournament, according to Rodrigo Vessoni of LANCE NET. The CBF does not want "so much tax payer money to go to waste," and is looking into making all Brasileiro clubs give up two home games and play them in the three stadiums mentioned. The three cities do not have local top-flight football clubs, and the CBF believes that making top clubs play a couple games a year in these stadiums would help generate revenue. The initial plan is for this to be implemented for next season, "something that will depend on the construction of these arenas." The CBF is also looking to have the three stadiums host Copa do Brasil U20 games. The CBF will cover "the expenditures related to flights and hotels" as well as guarantee that the would be home club receives at least the average revenue it generated per home match last season (LANCE NET, 12/4).
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