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Dilma Rousseff inaugurates Brasilia stadium

Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), May 18 : Brasilia's Mane Garrincha National Stadium, one of six stadiums that will host the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Football competition was officially inaugurated on Saturday morning.


Brazil President Dilma Rousseff, Brazilian Minister of Sports Aldo Rebelo, and the Governor of the Federal District, Agnelo Queiroz were present at the event.

On Saturday afternoon, the stadium held its first test event - the Federal District Championship final between Brasiliense and Brasilia. The venue will also host the FIFA Confederations Cup Opening Ceremony, on Jun 15.

Brasilia's Mane Garrincha National Stadium, originally constructed in 1974, was completely rebuilt in order to become a multi-use complex, with a total area of 1.6 million square metres, adapted to host large scale cultural or sport events.

With capacity for 71,000 people, it has retractable numbered seats with an initial distance of only 7.5m from the pitch - and is now 4.8m lower than its original height, in order to allow better visibility to the whole public.

Spectators' areas are divided among lower, middle and upper tiers. The stadium also has 74 hospitality boxes and a dedicated area for 2,850 journalists equipped with all the necessary technology and acoustics. Access ways were also designed with practicality, security and speed in mind.

The stadium was planned based on an architectural concept present in various monuments of the federal capital and one of architect Oscar Niemeyer's remarkable features: a set of columns as part of the facade. This concept inspired the 288 columns, displayed all around the building, which help to form a lounge area and public access.

One of the Federal Capital's advantages is the fact that the stadium is located within a 3km radius from the hotel and hospital sectors as well as from the shopping and convention centres, what encourages access on foot.

Brasilia's Mane Garrincha National Stadium is the third to be inaugurated out of five Rio 2016 Football competition sites - MineirĂGBP o Stadium, in Belo Horizonte, reopened in December 2012; and Arena Fonte Nova, in Bahia, reopened in April 2013.

MaracanĂGBP Stadium in Rio de Janeiro (will also host the Olympic and Paralympic Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies), which will reopen on 2nd June with a friendly match between Brazil and England. All four stadiums will also host the Confederations Cup that will take place this year and the 2014 FIFA World Cup. SĂGBP o Paulo will be the fifth Olympic Football competition host city.

The National Stadium is on its way to becoming the first in history to receive the top certificate in sustainability.

The Leed Platinum label, delivered after the conclusion of the renovation, is internationally recognised and ensures the construction's sustainable character.

Recyclable materials, or those which were recycled during the construction, were used from the start of the project.

All the old stadium's material was re-used in the construction or in the Federal District's recycling cooperatives.

The venue also includes rainwater and solar energy harvesting systems.

The cover membrane, 90,000m2 wide, is self-cleaning and allows the passage of natural light, retains heat and, accordingly, reduces the need of air-conditioning or any other kind of artificial ventilation. It also filters the pollution of about 1,000 cars.

--IBNS (Posted on 19-05-2013)

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