Brazil has delivered its second venue for the 2014 FIFA World Cup with the Mineirão stadium in Belo Horizonte reopening its doors after a near three-year redevelopment project.
The stadium will host six World Cup matches and another three games during this year’s Confederations Cup, including a semi-final in both competitions. The Mineirão is regarded as one of Brazil’s most historic stadia and its renovation will see it hold 62,160 seats. The project cost US$320.4 million, with $192.3 million coming from federal financing.
“Seeing the Mineirão transformed into this beautiful and modern stadium to me is an example of the capability of the Brazilian, as well as the people from the state of Minas Gerais of achieving great things,” said Brazil’s President, Dilma Rousseff, at the stadium’s opening ceremony. “Six months before the Confederations Cup and 18 months before the World Cup, we in Brazil are showing the world what we are capable of.”
The delivery of the Mineirão comes shortly after the Castelão Stadium in Fortaleza reopened its doors after a $247.9 million redevelopment. Brazil’s Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo added: “Minas Gerais shows its force, discipline and vocation for greatness by delivering this stadium. It does not surprise me that the state of Minas Gerais turns this renovated Mineirão into a renewal of Brazilian football, strengthening our clubs and the game.”