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SBD Global/February 28, 2013/Facilities
More Details On Maracanã Privatization; Winning Bid To Be Unveiled On April 11
Published February 28, 2013
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MORE DETAILS: UOL's Vinicius Konchinski reported that the Maracanã's privatization "should reduce the number of games played in the stadium annually by 45%." The Rio state government wants to preserve the arena as "a temple of world football" and ordered that the future operators "significantly reduce" the number of games played in the arena. The government fixed 40 as the "ideal" number of games the stadium would host per season. In '09, the last year the Maracanã was in use before undergoing its renovations, it hosted 72 games. The company that wins the bidding process for the arena, to be revealed on April 11, will have to pay R$4.5M ($2.3M) annually to the state of Rio. Furthermore, it will have to invest R$594M ($300M) in reforms around the stadium (UOL, 2/27). UOL's Vinícius Segalla reported the Rio government's deal with the operator will be for 35 years (UOL, 2/26).