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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 use.

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 country.

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."

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