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The AJ's guide to Brazil's World Cup stadiums

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Brazil’s 12 World Cup 2014 stadiums have been hit by a range of problems, including delays and cost overruns, plus concerns about transport links

1. Arena da Amazônia

1. Arena da Amazônia by GMP Architekten

Architect GMP Architekten

Cost $300million

Seats 42,374

Issues Three workers killed during construction strikes, concerns about future viability and delivered more than six-months late

2. Estádio Castelão

2. Estádio Castelão by Vigliecca + Associados

Architect José Liberal de Castro (1973)

Refit architect Vigliecca + Associados

Cost $232million

Seats 58,000

Issues Airport terminal not ready and 25,000 protestors clashed with police during building

3. Arenas das Dunas

3. Arenas das Dunas by Populous

Architect Populous

Cost $179million

Seats 42,086

Issues Delays on overlay work as well as concerns about cost and long-term viability

4. Arena Pernambuco

4. Arena Pernambuco by Fernandes Arquitetos Associados

Architect Fernandes Arquitetos Associados

Cost $261million

Seats 42,800

Issues Situated 12 miles from the city centre, with transport congestion problems expected to occur

5. Arena Fonte Nova

5. Arena Fonte Nova by Schulitz Architekten and TETRA Arquitetos

Architect Schulitz Architekten and TETRA Arquitetos

Cost $309million

Seats 48,747

Issues Part of the membrane roof collapsed after heavy rain in May 2013

6. Estádio Nacional

6. Estádio Nacional by Castro Mello

Architect Castro Mello

Cost $900million

Seats 68,009

Issues Numerous strikes, delayed completion, three times over 2010 budget, 30 per cent of budget ‘mismanaged’ and one worker died

7. Estádio Mineirão

7. Estádio Mineirão by Castro Mello

Architect Castro Mello

Cost $900million

Seats 68,009

Issues Numerous strikes, delayed completion, three times over 2010 budget, 30 per cent of budget ‘mismanaged’ and one worker died

8. Estádio do Maracanã

8. Estádio do Maracanã by Daniel H Fernades

Architect Feldman, Ramos, Galvão, Valdetaro, Bastos, Azevado and Carneiro (1948)

Refit architect Daniel H Fernades

Cost $500million

Seats 76,804

Issues Four months behind schedule, needs further renovation for Rio Olympics in 2016

9. Itaquerão Stadium

9. Itaquerão Stadium by Coutinho, Diegues, Cordeiro Arquitetos

Architect Coutinho, Diegues, Cordeiro Arquitetos

Cost $431million

Seats 65,807

Issues Three construction workers died, untested at full capacity, roof not finished in time, 18 per cent over the original budget

10. Arena da Baixada

10. Arena da Baixada by Vigliecca and Associates

Refit architect Vigliecca & Associates

Cost $146.4million

Seats 64,846

Issues Serious delays, safety breaches and media to be hosted in tents as media centre has never been finished

11. Estádio Beira-Rio

11. Estádio Beira-Rio by Hype Studio and Santini and Rocha Arquitetos

Refit architect Hype Studio and Santini & Rocha Arquitetos

Cost $148million

Seats 48,849

Issues Finished in February 2014, slammed by Fifa and no pavement outside stadium

12. Arena Pantanal

12. Arena Pantanal by GCP Arquitetos

Architect GCP Arquitetos

Cost $255million

Seats 42,968

Issues One construction worker killed on site during construction, delivered late and over budget



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  • I hope that none of these stadiums ever find an alternative use in the way that Chile's national stadium was used by Augusto Pinochet.

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