When the FIFA World Cup 2014 was decided to be held in Brazil it was not a great surprise. Due to the continent rotation system FIFA uses it was South Americas turn and the cup hadn´t been held in this football crazy nation since 1950. The memory of that tournament more than 60 years ago still stings in the memory of most Brazilians. In a absolutely packed Maracanã stadium, reportedly over 200.000 spectators were at the arena, Brazil lost the deciding game against Uruguay and ‘only’ claimed the silver.
Preparations for the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Rio
All over Brazil 12 cities with arenas are being prepared to receive 32 national sides and millions of spectators and tourists. This is the single biggest sport event in the world, everything has to work. The opener is believed to be played in the New Corinthians Stadium while the final game will be played in the national arena Maracanã. The latter is currently going under major reformations.
Here is a list of the host cities and their stadiums:
Rio de Janeiro Stadium: Maracanã Capacity: 76.525
Fortaleza Stadium: Castelão Capacity: 66.700
Belo Horizonte Stadium: Mineirão Capacity: 69.950
Brasilia Stadium: Estádio Nacional de Brasília Capacity: 71.500
Curitiba Stadium: Arena da Baixada Capacity: 41.375
Porto Alegre Stadium: Estádio Beira-Rio Capacity: 62.000
São Paulo Stadium: New Corinthians Stadium Capacity: 48.000
Cuiabá Stadium: Arena Pantanal Capacity: 42.500
Manaus Stadium: Arena Amazonia Capacity: 50.000
Natal Stadium: Arena das Dunas Capacity: 45.000
Salvador Stadium: Bahia Arena Capacity: 55.000
Recife Stadium: Cidade da Copa Capacity: 46.160
A big preoccupation is how to be able to receive so many people, will there be enough beds available? The organization is actively working on it. Airports are also being upgraded. A high speed railway is planned between Rio de Janeiro, Campinas and São Paulo. Loads of construction work is going on, tax reliefs have been applied to make the money ear marked for the World Cup 2014 last longer. Measures have also been taken against corruption that in Brazilian history has plagued most large scale projects. The games are to be held between the 13th of June and the 13th of July.
This is the official FIFA World Cup 2014 theme song
Tickets for the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Rio
The tickets for the World Cup 2014 have been released but they were hard to come by due to high demand, especially for games with bigger nations in cities like Rio and São Paulo.