Renovated Brazil stadium in bad condition
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — The company responsible for administering a recently-renovated Brazilian stadium that will host Confederations Cup matches in June has been fined $500,000 for the poor conditions witnessed at the reopening by Brazil's president and its sports minister.
Officials from the state government of Minas Gerais fined the administration company — Minas Arena — following a match on Sunday at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte that underwent a $328 million renovation project lasting two and a half years.
Fans at the game between state rivals Cruzeiro and Atletico faced problems with ticketing that led to massive queues. The entrances to parking are narrow and not well marked — leading to traffic jams. Toilets lacked light. Food and drink vending areas were not open, leaving fans hungry and thirsty.
Minas Arena officials acknowledged there were a series of errors and said they'd work to correct them. But their company was still fined by the authorities.
Tiago Lacerda, head of Secopa, the local organizing committee, said officials were working on a complete report.
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