A Brazilian Stadium & A New Meaning For Red CardBy: The Offside | September 26th, 2013
Megamoney stadia fading into the landscape, occasionally in literal terms, is one of the main issues which faces any major tournament across any sport. One of the stadiums used in Brazil is being proposed as a means to process prisoners after the World Cup, which is exactly what one would expect after the glamour and pomp of a major international tournament.
Alvaro Corado, spokesman for the Amazonas state court system, told The Associated Press Tuesday that Judge Sabino Marques had proposed a novel idea.
”He would, perhaps, suggest to the government of the state of Amazonas that the stadium be used as a processing center for prisoners after the World Cup,” Corado said, quoting Marques.
Marques is also the president of a group that monitors the prison system in the state.
The new 44,000-seat stadium in Manaus, being built at a cost of $275 million, will host only four World Cup matches. The city of 2.3 million has no team in Brazil’s first or second division, and little soccer tradition.
Those last two sentences should serve as a reminder as to why this World Cup is just so controversial. Ouch.