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While the World Cup has gone smoothly for the most part over the last ten days, there has been one makeshift staircase that made the headlines for safety concerns. The video below shows footage taken by a Brazilian photographer of fans heading from the Maracana Stadium, the 79,000-seat stadium in Rio De Janiero that will host the final match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, to the nearby metro stop. The metal staircase is swaying from side to side in the video from the weight and movement of the fans. People who used the staircase after Argentina’s 2-1 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina also said the satir's wooden planks move when just one person is walking on them.

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  • Date occured Sunday, 15 June 2014
Thursday, 12 June 2014 10:43

2014 FIFA World Cup Stadium Photo Gallery

After waiting four years since the 2010 FIFA World Cup, soccer fans around the world today will celebrate the kickoff to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.  While the players and fans are ready to get the tournament underway, the same cannot be said about the entire Brazilian infrastructure.  Brazil spent $3.6 billion building or renovating 12 stadiums to be used for the tournament’s 64 matches.  As with many recent international sporting events, there has been a lot of controversy about building high capacity, expensive stadiums that will not be needed once the World Cup finishes. Anthony Boadle from Reuters recently wrote an article detailing the finished and unfinished parts of Brazilian infrastructure projects that were promised to be ready for the tournament kick-off. He found that three stadiums are not finished, six will not have wi-fi inside of the stadiums, and many upgrades to the country’s airports, ports, and urban transit were not completely finished. Some journalists are saying Brazil is the least prepared host of any of the previous 16 world cup host nations.

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  • Date occured Thursday, 12 June 2014
Monday, 02 December 2013 13:14

Brazil Stadium Collapse Kills Two

Two people died and one was injured last week when part of the Sao Paulo Stadium in Brazil collapsed.  The stadium is one of the 12 venues that will be used for this summer’s World Cup and is scheduled to host the opening match of the tournament.  The two workers died when a crane collapsed above their vehicle. Luckily, the crane collapse occurred at lunchtime and prevented the death toll from being any worse.  Images of the damage show a collapsed 500-ton metal structure that supported the stadium’s canopy. The failure occurred when the structure was struck by a crane.  As a result of the accident, construction has been suspended for 30 days and this will further cast a shadow on Brazil’s preparations for the World Cup.

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  • Date occured Wednesday, 27 November 2013