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Brazil to inaugurate first 2014 World Cup arena

Published on Dec 15, 2012 6:03 AM
General view inside the Arena Castelao Stadium, in Fortaleza, Ceara State -northeastern Brazil- on December 10, 2012. The Arena Castelao is the first stadium ready for the eight-nation Confederations Cup next June 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP

FORTALEZA, Brazil (AFP) - President Dilma Rousseff travels on Sunday to the north-eastern city of Fortaleza to inaugurate the first Brazilian stadium readied for the 2014 World Cup, an arena built in part by using prison labour.

With its 67,000-seat capacity, the renovated arena, ringed by metallic structures that look like sails floating in the wind, is one of six which will host next June's Confederations Cup and the World Cup a year later.

Other Brazilian host cities for the Confederations Cup are Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Salvador, Recife and Rio. Six other Brazilian cities: Cuiaba, Curitiba, Manaus, Natal, Porto Alegre and Sao Paulo will host World Cup games as well.

Sunday, Rousseff will grace the inauguration of the Castelao (big castle) arena with her presence. A concert will follow. "The sea culture is very much present in the state of Ceara.It is the second destination in the world for kite-surfing fans after Spain," said Ferruccio Feitosa, the state official responsible for the World Cup.

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