Mineirão Stadium is labelled as most advanced stadium in Brazil by National Audit Court Minister

Belo Horizonte, Brazil; 12th September 2012: Today marks the 100 day milestone until the Mineirão stadium in Belo Horizonte is fully completed on 21st December 2012.  The finish date was confirmed following a recent visit to Belo Horizonte by the President of the State Audit Court, Wanderley Avila and Minister of the National Audit Court, Valmir Campelo with Campelo labelling Mineirão as the most advanced stadium in Brazil.

“The Mineirão is undoubtedly the most advanced stadium within the country”, said Campelo. “As a matter of fairness, I must say that Belo Horizonte is ahead of the other capital cities in terms of building the arena and in terms of urban mobility. With regards to urban mobility, the state capital of Minas Gerais is very advanced in comparison to the other Host Cities and we are confident that Belo Horizonte is fulfilling all of the requirements for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ to be a success”, commented Campelo.

The Governor of Minas Gerais, Antonio Anastasia, who accompanied the tour, stated. “This testimony by Valmir Campelo is very important to us as it demonstrates that Belo Horizonte’s preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ are reputable and are also on time. Not only with regards to our Mineirão stadium but also the works of our BRT (bus rapid transit) which is the responsibility of the City of Belo Horizonte who is working in a close partnership with the state and federal government”, he said.

Teams from FIFA and LOC also visited Mineirão stadium on Saturday 8th September 2012 as part of its FIFA Confederations Cup 2013 stadium tour. The delegation, compiled of 70 people, included technicians from the State Government, the Municipality of Belo Horizonte, and the Minas Arena, and the group approved the press, hospitality and security areas within the stadium and its accessibility to the public.

Ricardo Trade, Executive Director of Operations Local Organising Committee, stated, “Belo Horizonte is not  a concern to us and it’s now time to feel the excitement that these major sporting events will bring to our cities.”


Note to Editors

  1. Belo Horizonte is the third largest metropolitan area in Brazil. The city is centrally located in the major Brazilian state of Minas Gerais.
  2. The city’s Mineirão Stadium will host three FIFA Confederations Cup matches in 2013 and six matches in the 2014 FIFA World Cup™, including one of the Semi Finals.
  3. The new Mineirão Stadium will have capacity for 64,000 people and space for almost three thousand journalists during the 2014 FIFA World Cup™.
  4. Currently, 78% of the work for the stadium has been complete. The works are being carried out by more than 3,000 workers.

PHOTO: Please find a photograph attached – Caption: 3,000 Minas Arena workers celebrate that the end is in sight by gathering together outside the Mineirão stadium in Belo Horizonte ahead of its completion on 21st December 2012

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