Friday, December 27th 2013 - 05:07 UTC

World Cup 2014: Brazil most expensive stadium has a leaking roof

Reports from stadium operators in Brazil have revealed that the most expensive of the 12 stadiums built or renovated for the 2014 FIFA World Cup has a leaking roof, less than eight months after it was finished.

The 500m dollars stadium comes with a five-year guarantee

 SECOPA, the local government agency that runs the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia, will ask the company that rebuilt it to explain why parts of the roof let in rain during the women’s match between Brazil and Chile.

Local media reported that almost the entire lower ring of the stands was soaked. SECOPA however played down the problem, saying the leaks were not serious and would not affect any of the matches being played there during next year’s World Cup.

“Because it is a new, grandiose and complex stadium, some small points are still being corrected and tested but there is nothing that compromises the running of the stadium or the holding of events there,” SECOPA said in a statement.

The stadium comes with a five-year guarantee and any repair work will be paid for by the builders, SECOPA added.

The national stadium in the capital Brasilia cost more than 1.2 billion Real (508.99 million dollars). It will stage six World Cup matches including a quarter-final and the third-place playoff.

The venue was inaugurated in May and it hosted the opening match of the Confederations Cup between Brazil and Japan in June. It has held 17 major events since then, including several first division football matches, stadium officials said.

At least three of the six World Cup stadiums still to be finished before the tournament kicks off in June will be handed over behind schedule. A total of five people have died while working on the 12 venues, including one man in Brasilia.

In related news a Sao Paulo state Labor Ministry official said the man who operated the crane that collapsed at the city's World Cup stadium had worked 18 days in a row. Two construction workers were killed in the Nov. 27 accident, which remains under investigation.

An Internet portal quotes the ministry's regional superintendent Luis Antonio Medeiros as saying time cards showed the crane operator at the Arena Corinthians stadium “was 18 days without any break.”

Medeiros said there wasn't necessarily a cause and effect relationship between the accident and the operator's string of workdays. But, he added, “We think that's exhausting for someone who works such a delicate machine.”

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1 ChrisR (#) Dec 27th, 2013 - 11:06 am Report abuse
But it's more than six months old so it's out of the guarantee period.

Even though the costs of hard goods is expensive in Uruguay (mainly due to import tax and IVA on top of both) it is virtually impossible to obtain more than six months warranty on anything.

I would be surprised if it's any different in Brazil.
2 Conqueror (#) Dec 27th, 2013 - 03:09 pm Report abuse
Brazil is out of warranty. In UK news,
Anyone who goes to Brazil in these circumstances are out of their tiny minds. Why doesn't Scotland go? Their minds are tiny enough!
3 Brasileiro (#) Dec 27th, 2013 - 09:28 pm Report abuse
Warranty for English is more Brazilian debt. Do not worry. We pay us and we do not need more money. Their products do not meet our needs also. Much toxin.

Viva o Brasil!
4 Clyde15 (#) Dec 28th, 2013 - 10:48 am Report abuse
Who knows, they might, The English need big heads as their “brains” are based on stone-age technology. They are still stuck in the dark ages. The Scots, Irish and Welsh have developed their mental faculties over the same period and are aeons ahead of your beloved “Essex” man.
Keep the racist posts coming - you don't seem to have anything else to say.
5 GeoffWard2 (#) Dec 28th, 2013 - 02:12 pm Report abuse
It does tend to rain a bit, in tropical Brasil in particular
- especially in the rain-forest, and even more heavily in the 'rainy season'.
People do get wet;
roofs leak;
roads get washed away;
people drown.
It's that sort of country.

In the same way - Qatar will be hot during the 2022 World Cup.
It's that sort of country.
6 A_Voice (#) Dec 28th, 2013 - 04:27 pm Report abuse
Still stuck in 1966...more like....
They think it's all is now....
...and for Englands chances of winning the world cup was...
7 Faz (#) Dec 28th, 2013 - 11:10 pm Report abuse
Anyway, the Scotch arent going, they dont even have a 1966.. Our pupils are much better with the pigs bladder than us. Who cares?
8 A_Voice (#) Dec 28th, 2013 - 11:40 pm Report abuse
Yeah that's what I said....has beens, stuck in the past... the glory days...thanks for agreeing.
Wait a minute... was I talking about fitba...maybe it was a metaphor for something else....
9 Fido Dido (#) Dec 30th, 2013 - 07:02 am Report abuse
Englands chances of winning the world cup again....ZERO.

Some scots will go, allot won't because they simply don't have the money.
The English? ahh, they will go, they love football and don't mind to get more in debt. For morons like conqueror and the other idiot that claims to live in Uruguay but can't speak one word Spanish..., have shit to spend (and that's why they bitch in front of a

I'm going and look forward for it..and I wish everybody (include those fluoride drinking ugly brits with bad teeth ) a Happy new year everybody and wish you all a prosperous 2014 :D
10 Briton (#) Dec 30th, 2013 - 05:55 pm Report abuse
Scotland has a chance
Wales have a chance
Ireland has a chance
England has a chance,[ in 2014 ]
Miracles do happen,
But brazil is my tip,
But failing that, who ever wins, it will be well earned,

Look on the bright side, we brits have four chances every time, all the time,
And still centuries, to win that elusive cup,

[ sooner or later ] lolol…

just a game,,,,
11 inthegutter (#) Dec 30th, 2013 - 08:09 pm Report abuse
#2 Calling conqueror a racist and then being racist yourself is a bit, erm... hypocritical, no?

#9 Pathetic.
12 Conqueror (#) Jan 01st, 2014 - 01:48 pm Report abuse
@4 It's hard to understand your perspective. Looking at Scotland, for example, after many years of evolution, it has produced its pinnacle of achievement. Alex Salmond! An individual bent on persuading Scottish people that the efforts of 5 million people are more beneficial than those of 63 million. Using population for comparison, we can see how well Turkmenistan is doing! The Welsh have advanced their mental faculties to the point where they can urge the UK government not to give Salmond what he wants. Equally, the Northern Irish have advanced to the point of deciding to be “British” instead of “Irish”. Not being “racist”, the UK government is still trying to get Scots, for whom they are still responsible, to understand that Salmond is an inept, power-hungry, racist charlatan. An individual who spent £48,000 of taxpayers' money taking himself and hangers-on to Los Angeles to attend the premiere of an animated movie! Have Scottish officials really needed to make more than 32,000 flights around the world in the last six years? Have they not heard of the telephone? Mental faculties? You jest.
@6 It's not the winning. It's the taking part. Isn't that what Maradona said?
@9 Are you back with your drivel, doggie? Apart from sitting in front of my computer bitching, I have recently banked the equivalent of 237,160 argie pesos. That was to add to the 107,800 I already had. Does that qualify as having “shit to spend”? You really must stop your bile bubbling up. If you're not careful, you will (hopefully) choke yourself to death. Then I wouldn't have so much to laugh at!
@10 I don't understand how Ireland, Wales and Scotland have “a chance” if they aren't going. How does that work?
@11 You have to understand that “some” Scots are hypocritically desperate. No way of paying England the more than £2 quadrillion they owe, they adopt the “argie style”. Always “victims”. Being “victims”, they get things for free that the English pay for.
13 Briton (#) Jan 02nd, 2014 - 12:58 pm Report abuse
point taken,

im thinking in the

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