World Cup stadium that cost over £350m was used as a bus depot after tournament

One of Brazil's World Cup stadiums, which cost over £350million to build, was used as a bus depot less than a year after the tournament.

The 72,000-capacity Estadio Mane Garrincha in Brasilia hosted seven games at the 2014 tournament, including Brazil's 4-1 victory over Cameroon and the third place match between the hosts and the Netherlands.

At the time of its construction, it was the second most expensive stadium in football history – second only to Wembley. But after the vast crowds had departed the country following the conclusion of the World Cup, the stadium in Brasilia fell silent.

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With no top-flight football team in Brazil's capital after the tournament – and the biggest local teams struggling to attract crowds of over 10,000 – the stadium wasn't being filled to its mammoth 72,000 capacity.

And so with a lack of football and upkeep costs of around £130,000 per month to cover, the local government have come up with a creative way of utilising the arena for the community: by turning it into a parking space for Brasilia's buses.

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Images emerged on Twitter of the stadium being used as a bus shelter, with reports suggesting around 400 vehicles per day were being stored in the makeshift garage.

The stadium has since hosted games at two more major tournaments; the 2016 Summer Olympics and the 2021 Copa America. It has also played host to a number of concerts, including Guns N' Roses, also in 2016.

Despite its continued use by Brasilia, the stadium – along with a number of others from Brazil's World Cup – is considered something of a white elephant because of its exorbitant costs.

Eric Zambon of the Jornal de Brasília told in 2016: "By the time they were building it, everyone hated it. "It’s the highest cost ever [in Brazil] to build a stadium. And for no reason. You see the stadium. It’s a great venue, but you don’t see where all the money has gone.

"People also hate it because we have so many problems in the city with hospitals and schools, and then we have a huge stadium that goes way beyond the level of the league that we have here."


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