There’s nothing quite like a plan coming together perfectly at the last minute. That’s what Brazil is counting on anyway.
With fifty days left until the start of the World Cup Tournament Jeroke Valcke, FIFA’s Secretary General, announced that some of Brazil’s preparations—namely Sao Paulo’s football stadium—wouldn’t be ready “until the last minute.” In fact, as of the publication of this article, there are three stadiums yet to be completed.
That being said, there are investments and accomplishments in which Brazil is guaranteeing to make this a World Cup to remember. The following are ways in which Brazil is not waiting “until the last minute” to ensure the best outcome for everyone.
With any major international gathering, security is always a concern. You may or may not remember the security fiasco for the last Summer Olympics in London. (The private security firm that won the contract, then couldn’t hire enough guards to adequately provide security.) While there are certain to be a few muggings of football fans and journalists, Brazilian officials are not expecting any major incidents. Furthermore, the Brazilian government has pledged $900 million to be invested into security forces. They have given their word that this World Cup Tournament will be "one of the most protected sports events in history". FIFA Secretary Valcke promises "the highest level of security you can imagine.”
Special considerations have been made for the tournament including plans to have one police officer for every 50 people attending matches and the installation of facial recognition systems.
In the costliest World Cup of all time, Brazil's federal government estimated that hosting the tournament would require $11 billion of funding. As Brazil is hosting the 2016 Summer Olympics, this gives them an opportunity to use two major events to cover the cost of improving Brazil’s infrastructure. An example of this is the $5 billion being invested for the construction of hotels in Rio de Janeiro. As the city will host the Olympics and the final games of the World Cup, it must occupy millions of visitors than would usually be present in the city.
Another major infrastructure obstacle is Brazil’s airports, the most concerning being the Recife International Airport in Recife. Brazil’s organizing committee has deemed airports as "the big problem" of the 2014 World Cup Tournament. An estimated 600,000 people will travel internationally, by plane, in addition to three million Brazilians using flight to travel between matches.
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I'm JR. I come from a long line of adventurers, some were nomadic explorers of the sea and others wandering cultivators of the earth. Ultimately, this legacy of drifters has deeply affected my view of travel. Read more...