The Arena Pantanal is another one that’s been in the news because of delays, and I can tell you that they still have plenty of work to do! I was shown around by Walter from the communications team of the local Secopa organising committee, and of course he was keen to talk positively about the construction project, so apparently the “only problem” they have is installing all the seats because of late delivery by the manufacturer in Curitiba. Well I think that’s a big understatement since as far as I could see nothing inside the stadium is finished, and they’re due to hold the first test event (a Brasil Cup match) here on 2nd April – good luck with that!
And I’m afraid there’s big issues with the city’s infrastructure too; many of the key access roads are dug up and seem far from completion, as is the light railway that’s meant to link the airport to the city centre. And don’t get me started on the lack of food and drink outlets around the main squares (near to my hostel), basically ok-ish for lunch but everything closes at 5pm, even on a Saturday!
Sorry but I’m glad England aren’t playing here. Enjoy your visit Aussies!
I flew back to Brasilia yesterday, and today Luciano (my Couchsurfing host) took me and two of his mates kayaking for 30km down a local river, hard work but fantastic, photos to follow…