Artigo da Folha de São Paulo sobre a inauguração do Itaqueirão!
With 25 days to go before hosting Brazil vs Croatia in the opening game of the World Cup, Itaquerão Stadium was inaugurated on Sunday, May 18, among ongoing construction and a number of problems inside and outside the stadium, from the signage at the gates to malfunctioning telephones and internet.
Corinthians opened its dream stadium with a defeat to the up to now champions, Figueirense.
To the frustration of some 36,000 Corinthians fans, the first goal in the history of the arena was scored by unknown, Giovanni Augusto, at 3 minutes into the second half, sealing the victory for the team from Santa Catarina.
All this occuring under a strong hailstorm, while the unfinished stadium roof was unable to protect fans.
The first problem came in the morning, when hundreds of Corinthians fans tried to buy the 2,000 tickets that were intended for Figueirense supporters.
Sale was canceled, and those without tickets were only dispersed after a shouting match with the police, who threatened to use pepper spray.
There were also scalpers selling tickets for US$ 270 each, and street peddlers, frustrating attempts of form a belt that would restrict access to only those holding tickets.
Inside the arena, some of the restrooms and cafeterias were closed, there were ticket with non-existent numbering, and several fans got lost due to a lack of information.
Signs of construction in progress were everywhere. Inside, parts of the stands were missing. Outside, workers were welding access stairways a few hours before the match.
Cell phones experienced widespread outages, with slowdowns and lost signals.
On the positive side was security and transportation to the stadium, as there were no problems on subways and train lines.
Opening with at least five months of a delay, Itaquerão Stadium, budgeted at approximately US$ 452 billion, will now only reopen on June 12.
Translated by STEVE HUGHES
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a person who invites guests to a social event (such as a party in his or her own home) and who is responsible for them while they are there
the act of constructing something
a question raised for consideration or solution
signs collectively (especially commercial signs or posters)
fail to function or function improperly
electronic equipment that converts sound into electrical signals that can be transmitted over distances and then converts received signals back into sounds
an unsuccessful ending to a struggle or contest
(used with count nouns) of an indefinite number more than 2 or 3 but not many
having experience; having knowledge or skill from observation or participation