Choice as World Cup venue

Also from the FT…

“When Pernambuco state in northeast Brazil decided to build its World Cup stadium in the middle of a forest, many questioned the wisdom of such a plan.

The Arena Pernambuco is about 20km west of the state capital Recife in the region of São Lourenço da Mata. In heavy traffic, it can take more than an hour to get there from the city’s hotels and airport.

“Of all the 12 [World Cup] stadiums in Brazil, it is the only one not in a state capital,” Ricardo Leitão, the World Cup secretary for Pernambuco, says proudly. “People always ask us why we built it so far away.”

His answer is simple: Pernambuco is just doing what Brazil’s federal government did more than 50 years ago when it built the country’s capital Brasília in a vast area of empty scrubland.” – Read more at FT

____

Also, see my post on Getting to the Arena Pernambuco.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s