You bought tickets to the World Cup and you have blood in your hands

At a cost of R$ 1.4 billion(Yes, billion) and the suspicion of overpricing of around R$ 431 million, the stadium in Brasilia costs 62% more than the average per unit value of arenas seats.

As revealed by brazilian newspaper Folha, the Court of Distrito Federal(Federal District, brazilian capital in Brasilia) pointed out a number of indications of irregularities in the works, such as improper purchase of equipment and miscalculation in the costs of transportation, totaling R$ 431 million.

Wounded Kid Brazil Hospital

Comparison of venues in absolute figures and cost per seat, is one of the surveys done by the court: With 72,000 seats, the Mané Garrincha stadium has the second largest capacity among the Cup’s arenas, right behind Maracanã. The average cost of Brasilia is R$ 19,490 per seat. On the ranking, Brasilia appears as the most expensive, costing 62% above average. Compared to the Maracanã stadium, the difference is 45% in value per seat to about R$ 300 million in total cost.

One of the differences from Brasilia to other venues is the contracting model: The stadium is the only fully funded with money from the Distrito Federal budgets without financing or private partnerships. Another characteristic is that the work was fractionated into several bids – between main structure works, ceiling and chairs.

In early 2012, the entire work of the stadium was estimated at about R$ 800 million and the Governor Agnelo Queiroz (already involved in several irregularities) said he expected to lower the price with the competition for the ceiling and partnership to have chairs at zero cost but the contract was eventually signed for R$ 10 million.

mane garrincha stadium brasilia inside

How many billions have been spent of brazilian money to make these arenas? Why Brazil needs a new stadium in Manaus? How are they going to support themselves after the World Cup? What are the inspections going to be, as they hurry to finalize the works urgently?

That is Brazil. All very predictable. We knew that the World Cup would cost a fortune, there would be corruption, misuse of scarce resources for highly questionable “priorities”, and a lot of incompetence at state management of the organization.

In December 2007, the Minister of Sports Orlando Silva, said that the stadiums for the World Cup would be built with private money. Officially, the federal government has already admited to have buried more than R$ 4 billion or more in overpriced arenas.

The video below was posted on LiveLeak and shows a moms desperate as she can’t get her kid to be seen by a doctor at a Brazilian public hospital. What you don’t know is that if you need a hospital in Brazil, you are going to be sent to the same hospitals!

You have to agree with me that going to Brazil to watch the World Cup is dangerous in many ways, as the hurried projects are being built without proper verification, approvals, etc… and as they have already, part of these stadiums could collapse at any time. That is if you can even get to the stadium if it rains.

Arena Dunas Natal Under Water
Arena das Dunas in Natal under water just last week after it rained for a few hours.

Oh yeah, next article will show how the much needed infrastructure works promised for the World Cup were just left behind to focus on the arenas.

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Joe Cloud
Dutch, American, Brazilian... lived there for 5 years and owns property in Brazil. Out of the country for a few years now and would like to go back, however current circumstances tell me it's not the right time.

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Dutch, American, Brazilian... lived there for 5 years and owns property in Brazil. Out of the country for a few years now and would like to go back, however current circumstances tell me it's not the right time.