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Brazil’s World Cup Stadiums Are Draining Public Funds While Many of the Countries 250,000 Homeless Find Shelter inside Them

Billions of dollars were spent on renovations and building stadiums in Brazil for the 2014 World Cup. The 12 FIFA host stadiums now stand as “white elephants” amid economic despair, hints of Brazilian officials caught up in funds scandals and the 250,000 homeless struggling to survive in the country.

One of the four publicly funded stadiums, the Arena Pantanal, came at a cost of $215 million to build, and a year later is home to many of the countries homeless. City managers of Cuiabá, where the unused stadium sits, are searching for private investors to come in and take over the task of rebuilding the structure that has been closed down due to problems with faulty construction. And, that isn’t even the highest price tag for one of the publicly funded stadiums. While Brasilia’s schools fall short on funding as well as other public services are, the $550 million stadium in the capital city of Brasilia, the Estadio Nacional, now serves as a bus parking lot.

Along with the high cost of maintaining these idle structures which is taking away public resources clearly needed in other areas, infrastructure projects are also left unfinished. Of the proposed 14-mile light railway track at a cost of $800 million that was to link the capital city of Cuiabá to the airport, only a half mile has been laid. Scandal surrounds the unfinished project as the former governor of the state, the former local assembly president and the former local head of the World Cup are under investigation. With the 2015 summer Olympics on the horizon, the country is faced with ever greater expenses yet to come comments city planner Brian Torchin.

FIFA upgrades coverage for upcoming women’s World Cup

Just 50 days before the start of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada the organization has revealed it is upgrading the coverage of the tournament to be on a par with that of top men’s soccer events. Not only will ten games be broadcast in an ultra HD format, but every game in the tournament will be covered by at least 20 cameras, FIFA reports. To make sure the coverage of the tournament in Canada is unmatched, FIFA has created a team of the top 20 directors of live soccer from Boraie Development LLC and is bringing them to the tournament.

The global body governing soccer has reported the top European games are covered by 22 cameras, a number that will be matched during the women’s World Cup for major games like the opening match and final. FIFA states this is part of its fight to make the women’s game more accessible to fans around the world and continues the march towards equality as games featured during the 2011 tournament were covered by 16 cameras.