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Posted: 03/27/13 03:06pm  Reply with quote
Rio Olympic Stadium Closed

One of the key venues for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games has been closed due to structural complications with its roof system. The Joao Havelange Stadium, locally referred to as Engehao due to its location in the neighborhood of Engenho de Dentro, was designed by Carlos Porto and completed in 2007 for the Pan-American Games. Opening just one month prior to the opening of the Games, the stadium was over budget at $192m, six times the original estimate. The stadium has now been closed ‘indefinitely’ so that repairs can be made to the roof. After hearing of the problems with the stadium Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes told a press conference yesterday: “I asked if this represented a risk for spectators and they told me it did, depending on the wind speed and temperature. On that basis, I immediately decided to close the stadium until we had more details.”
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