No World Cup White Elephants
16 July 2014, 18:50
Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's deputy minister of sport Luis Fernandes insists a
plan has been put in place to ensure that their World Cup stadiums remain in
The construction of several new stadiums was widely
criticised by Brazilian citizens prior to the staging of the World Cup, with
many questioning why several were being constructed in remote parts of the
Stadiums such as the ones in Brasilia and Manaus appeared to
be doomed from the start, but Fernandes is optimistic all the newly built
grounds will help strengthen the standard of local football.
And Fernandes is confident that all 12 stadiums will remain
in use for the foreseeable future.
He told World Football INSIDER: "There is a huge legacy
from the World Cup.
"The stadiums are fantastic stadiums, they are going to
elevate the quality of football in Brazil after the World Cup.
"It will strengthen our regional and national
championships and we have solutions for all the 12 stadiums that will guarantee
economic returns in order to maintain the stadiums, so we're very happy with
all of this."
He added: "The stadium in Brasilia continued to
function after the Confederations Cup and in one year it had three times as
many spectators for games, shows, as it had four years before the
Confederations Brasilia's national stadium, which hosted the Netherlands win
over Brazil in the third place play-off match, is cited as a good example of
legacy planning (Getty) Cup.
"So there's a very concrete example. It's the same
spirit, the same design, the same concept that will be implemented in the rest
of the stadiums in the World Cup."