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  • Rio De Janeiro State Government Launches Bidding Process For Maracanã Stadium

    The Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro will play host to the 2014 World Cup final.

    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).

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  • Irish FA Receives Go-Ahead On Proposal To Renovate Windsor Park Home Ground

    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).

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