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The Rio De Janeiro state government officially launched the bidding process to find a stadium operator for the Maracanã stadium, according to GLOBO ESPORTE. The government also added that the winner would be announced on April 11. The stadium is currently 80% finished (GLOBO ESPORTE, 2/25).
STADIUM UPDATE: PORTAL 2014 reported the Mané Garrincha stadium in Brasilia, Brazil is now 89% finished. The R$1.2B World Cup arena will seat 71,000 and is scheduled to open on April 21 (PORTAL 2014, 2/22).
INFRASTRUCTURE NEWS: PORTAL 2014 also reported World Cup host city Curitiba is looking to add a third landing strip to its airport. The city is in discussion with a number of companies to see how much the constructions would cost. The best proposal so far has been for a price of R$1.5M ($760,000) (PORTAL 2014, 2/23).
The redevelopment of Windsor Park "has moved a step closer" after the Irish FA received confirmation that its proposals have received planning permission, according to the BELFAST TELEGRAPH. A proposed extensive revamp of Northern Ireland's home ground, also that of Irish League champions Linfield, "has been undergoing public consultation in recent months and a final plan was submitted in December." The approved plans will see Windsor Park "expanded to a capacity of 18,000 with all four stands being renovated, replaced or -- in the case of the south stand -- rebuilt from scratch, with work due to begin in September." The total cost is estimated at £29.2M ($43.8M), £25.2M ($37.8M) of which is being funded by the Irish FA. The project is due to be complete by summer '15 (BELFAST TELEGRAPH, 2/20).