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SBD Global/June 3, 2013/Facilities
Brazil's Maracanã Stadium Re-Opens With Glowing Reviews For Brazil, England Friendly
Published June 3, 2013
LAST MINUTE REPAIRS: In London, Rob Draper wrote "walking around the Maracanã on the eve of the game with the hundreds of builders, electricians and engineers frantically making last minute adjustments told its own story." As did "the freshly poured concrete, filling in what would have been cavernous holes." This was "always going to be an opening with a Latin flavour." The chaos of the eve of the game, "had overnight transformed itself to what might pass as serenity in Brazil." The metros "ran efficiently, the roads were clear, the walkways to the stadium were broad and functional." The truth was that close up and in reality the old Maracanã was "something of a dump, a decrepit and decaying concrete bowl where Brazil hardly ever played and that was rarely full other than for important." The new version "certainly looks impressive, taking its place among the new generation of spaceship-like stadia that now adorn global football tournaments." The question is, "will it remain a special football venue in its new guise or simply be a soul-less, corporate bowl devoid of the passion the people brought to the old place?" (DAILY MAIL, 6/2).