The cost of developing Brazil’s 12 stadiums for the 2014 FIFA World Cup has risen by around US$435 million over the past year, according to the government’s latest figures.
The country’s venues for next year’s World Cup are a mix of new developments and existing facilities that have been redeveloped. The government’s World Cup website said the stadiums will now cost $3.47 billion. In December 2012, this figure stood at around $3.05 billion. The increase was expected as Brazil 2014 contends with delays and cost overruns as it battles to deliver its remaining venues by next month.
The level of public spending on the tournament has been a contentious issue in Brazil. Earlier this month, FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke warned that the World Cup could again be targeted for demonstrations next year, but maintained world football’s governing body should not be made a scapegoat for the country’s social problems.
The Confederations Cup proceeded amidst nationwide anti-government protests earlier this year, with the level of public spending on the World Cup proving one area of concern. Valcke said the presence of the world’s media makes next year’s tournament “an easy platform to express concern and organise demonstrations,” amid growing discontent at corruption and poor public services in Brazil. However, Valcke added: “I think it is too easy to put the blame of what happened in the streets in Brazil in June on FIFA or the World Cup saying why are spending so much money on a football tournament and not spending it somewhere else.”