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Rousseff Inaugurates National Stadium In Brasilia

posted 19 May 2013, 04:21 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 19 May 2013, 04:21 ]

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff attends the official opening of the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia.

BRASILIABRAZIL (MAY 18, 2013)  (GOVERNMENT TV) -  Brazil opened yet another World Cup stadium plagued by delays on Saturday (May 18).

President Dilma Rousseff attended the official inauguration of the new 72,000-capacity Mane Garrincha stadium built in the country's capital city of Brasilia.

It took some 5,000 workers toiling around the clock to finish the stadium, but FIFA and Brazil can now sigh with relief knowing that another stadium scheduled to be used both during the 2014 World Cup and the Confederations Cup this June is ready.

Building delays and cost overruns have been threatening to turn the Confederations Cup, considered a dress rehearsal for the World Cup, into an international embarrassment for Brazil instead of helping to showcase its arrival as a major economic power.

Brasilia's original stadium was demolished and a new colonnade arena was built from scratch. The $500 million-plus cost makes it the most expensive of the 12 World Cup venues.

With no local soccer team to play there, the Brasilia stadium - Brazil's second largest after Maracanã - is a candidate to become one of the World Cup's white elephants.

The official opening was originally scheduled for April, but construction delays pushed the inauguration until Saturday.

Rousseff was still full of praise.

"I consider it, therefore, an advance in Brazil, of what we have been able to during this period in which we won the World Cup and we have, of course, the pre-debut to the World Cup, the Confederations Cup, the ability to build and deliver a legend to the people, leaving a legacy for the community, social, cultural, and educational," Rousseff said.

Brazil will stage a couple matches with local teams before their national team facesJapan here in the opening game of the Confederations Cup on June 15. It will be the only match of the tournament played in the new stadium.