No 'Major Glitches' In Opening Match At Brazil's Arena Fonte Nova
Authorities in Salvador, Brazil said the Arena Fonte Nova "has passed its first test for the Confederations Cup" after it hosted a local derby "without major glitches," Sunday, according to the AP. Local organizers in Bahia state said in a statement that there were "no incidents'' during the match between Bahia and Vitoria. The Fonte Nova is one of six stadiums which will be used in June's Confederations Cup. The venue will hold 50,000 fans, but only 40,000 tickets were sold for Sunday's match (AP, 4/7). Germany-based Schulitz Architekten is the lead architect, while São Paulo's Tetra Arquitetura is the local partner (Schulitz). A 10-year naming rights deal with beer brand Itaipava was signed last week. The contract with Itaipava's parent company, the Petropolis brewery, is worth a reported R$100M ($49.5M). However, under FIFA regulations, the stadium will be unbranded during the World Cup itself (SBD Global).