Estádio Nacional (Brasília)
Build for the 2014 Soccer World Cup
The Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha is a football stadium located in Brasília, the capital of Brasil. The old stadium was opened in 1974, and was completely rebuilt in 2010-2013 for the 2014 Soccer World Cup. The capacity was increased to 72,788 people, making it the second-largest stadium in Brazil after Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro and one of the largest in South America.
The project was completed at a cost of US$900 million, against an original budget of US$300 million, making the stadium the third-most expensive football stadium in the world after England’s Wembley Stadium and Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
All efforts and promises to use the stadium and its surroundings sensibly and cost-effectively after the 2014 World Cup were not realised. Brasilia doesn’t have a top-division football team and few events for a venue of this size. The stadium car park is now used as a bus depot.
The stadium is considered one of the biggest bad investments for the 2014 World Cup.