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Brazil Stadiums Near Complete for FIFA World Cup 2014

Brazil is on track to upgrade and build out its 12 stadiums scheduled to receive FIFA national soccer teams during the 2014 World Cup, the country’s Sports Minister said on Thursday.

Orlando Silva, Brazil’s top sports official, took naysayers to task and told international reporters on a conference call with that 8 out of the 12 stadiums that will be used for World Cup soccer are on track to be completed by the end of next year. All 12 stadiums will be completely remodeled or rebuilt by the end of 2013. Total infrastructure costs are estimated to be around $15 billion.

The World Cup is anticipated to have a significant economic impact on Brazil. A recent study by Silva’s department forecasted that the 2014 World Cup could generate approximately $117 billion in economic activity for Brazil. Additionally, the country estimates that the sporting event could create 700,000 direct and indirect jobs.

Last month, the government agreed to open up at least two of Brazil’s biggest airports including S Paulo’s biggest airports, Congonhas and Guarulhos, to privatization. The government owned airport management company, Infraero, will only be allowed a 49% stake in the new companies, to be auctioned off later this year on .

This is some serious saving face and I find it hilarious how the press is just eating this up. 8 of them are on track huh? Nearly every stadium has been marred by delays and even some of those supposedly “on track” may be facing financial crises because some cities haven’t decided who will pay for the stadiums yet. And what of the other 4 stadiums? Well, Cuiaba is 7 months late (although work has started) Curitiba doesn’t have a contracted construction firm yet and work hasn’t started. Sao Paulo is incredibly late, only now in the process of planning and leveling the ground for one of the biggest stadiums in the country (not to mention financial issues). But the WORST is Natal, work there hasn’t begun yet and unlike Curitiba (only renovation), Natal is building an entire stadium from scratch. They are at SERIOUS risk of not completing the work before the established Dec. 2012 deadline. However, stadiums like those in Salvador and Manaus are ahead of schedule and progressing very well too bad the rest of the country can’t follow suit.

Yeah I read the original article about Silva’s comments. But listen, you can find out for yourself on the official WC site about what is going on. They have every city and the work in progress status, I’m assuming since you lived here that you speak or can at least read Portuguese, so you shouldn’t have any trouble. They have an English version of the site but it’s way behind and curiously lacking the entire Andamento das Obras section.

But I agree. In the end Brazil will pull it off (at great expense to the people, I think), but the current state of things isn’t as nice as the picture Silva painted. What do you mean by crowdsource, I am unfamiliar with the term, but yes I am in country.

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