Flamengo finally zero in on new venue site


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The Brazilian sports club Clube de Regatas do Flamengo President, Rodolfo Landim, has said the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A football club is in talks over using the Gasômetro site in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) for its proposed new stadium, stating it is an “area of interest”.

‘The Goa Spotlight’ stated that the top-of-the-heap club’s interest on the above site has the blessings of the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes.

Gasómetro, in the central region of Rio, offers around 116,000 square meters of land and was acquired by the State-owned Brazilian financial services company Caixa in 2012 through its Fundo de Investimento Imobiliário Porto Maravilha. The site is near the Maracanã Stadium.

‘The Goa Spotlight’ further stated that the Flamengo is currently the main tenant of the Maracanã Stadium, alongside fellow Série A club Fluminense.

Earlier, ‘globo.com’ stated that the Brazilian sports club Clube de Regatas do Flamengo was scouting the whole of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) in search of a site where its own stadium will sit perfectly. It was also waiting for the public tender to float for its home arena – the Maracanã Stadium.

Mayor Paes had shown the club sites in several places like Parque Olímpico, Terra Encantada, Deodoro, and Gasómetro, but the Flamengo were still not being able to zero in on one site till few days back.

Clube de Regatas do Flamengo, more commonly referred to as simply Flamengo, is a Brazilian sports club based in Rio de Janeiro, in the neighborhood of Gávea in Brazil, best known for their professional football team that plays in Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, as well as Campeonato Carioca.

The 78,838-capacity Maracanã Stadium is an association football stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The stadium is part of a complex that includes an arena known by the name of Maracanãzinho, which means ‘The Little Maracanã’ in Portuguese. Owned by the Rio de Janeiro State Government, the stadium is now managed by the clubs Flamengo and Fluminense. It is located at the Maracanã neighborhood, named after the Rio Maracanã, a now canalized river in Rio de Janeiro.

The Fluminense Football Club, known simply as Fluminense, is a Brazilian sports club best known for its professional football team that competes in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, the first tier of Brazilian football and the Campeonato Carioca, the State league of Rio de Janeiro.

‘globo.com’ quoted Flamengo President Rodolfo Landim as stating that the project is still very much in the fledgling stage and a study will have to be conducted.

Before zeroing in on the Gasómetro site, Landim had stated that a macro survey of the areas available within Rio de Janeiro will have to be carried out. The City Hall authorities will have to be kept in the loop and potential logistical bottlenecks will have to be identified and fans’ interests will also have to be taken into consideration – “To be honest, we are trying to find a best-in-class area. But everything is still in a very preliminary stage.”

Landim maintained that since Flamengo had shown its pitch prowess in recent years, there was a very good chance of attracting investors who would pick up the tab for building a new venue for the top-flight.

Till a few years back, nobody could even fathom that the Flamengo would be in a position to build their own venue. The club was deep in debt (BRL 700 million) and the revenue generated was only BRL 200 million.

Exulted Landim, “Today, we boast a revenue of R$ 1 billion and we are also paying off our debts, and the same has come down to R$ 300 million. With the financial scene looking up, we can give a thought on building our own facility and our squad always delivers on the pitch.”

Though the Flamengo are actively considering a venue of their own but that does not mean they will not get involved in the activities of the Maracanã Stadium.

He added, “We are waiting for the bidding process, but we don’t know exactly what will come out of it. The Government signaled that the process has passed through the Prosecutor’s Office, and now they were going to issue the public notice. While we wait, we are also weighing other options and will also participate in the Maracanã bidding process. We have also reached an agreement with the Fluminense, who have been our partner since the whole tender idea was floated. We are happy with our ties with the Fluminense. But we need to look for other alternatives too.”

Landim asserted that the Flamengo enjoy a lot of freedom in Maracanã Stadium.

The operators of Maracanã Stadium have also carried out a lot of upgrade works in which the Flamengo actively participated. Recently, the lawn area was totally improvized.

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