User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Soccer
Golf
Auto
Horses
More
Betting Tools

 
WCup stadium may be used for processing

New Sportsbook.ag customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - A World Cup stadium being built in the isolated Brazilian state of Amazonas may not become a white elephant after all.

Advertisement
At least one judge in the area has come up with a post-World Cup use: a prisoner processing center.

Brazil is readying 12 stadiums for next year's World Cup, and several - including the new stadium in Manaus - will be little used after the tournament.

FIFA and Brazilian officials were the subject of widespread protests three months ago during the Confederations Cup, a warm-up for the World Cup.

Millions took to the streets to protest spending billions on sports events in a country with poor public services, high taxes and stark social inequality.

Brazil is spending an estimated $3.5 billion on stadiums for the World Cup, part of a total of $13.3 billion for related infrastructure needed to host soccer's biggest event.

Spending on the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics will be similar.

Alvaro Corado, spokesman for the Amazonas state court system, told The Associated Press Tuesday that Judge Sabino Marques had proposed a novel idea.

``He would, perhaps, suggest to the government of the state of Amazonas that the stadium be used as a processing center for prisoners after the World Cup,'' Corado said, quoting Marques.

Marques is also the president of a group that monitors the prison system in the state.

The new 44,000-seat stadium in Manaus, being built at a cost of $275 million, will host only four World Cup matches. The city of 2.3 million has no team in Brazil's first or second division, and little soccer tradition.

The potential for building white elephants is similar for three other new stadiums: in the capital Brasilia, in Cuiaba in the southwest, and in Natal in the northeast.

FIFA requires only eight stadiums for the World Cup, but Brazil decided to have 12 - under pressure from politicians who used the construction projects to provide jobs and political loyalty.

Brazilian Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo has defended the legacy of the stadiums as ``centers for sports and non-sports events'' and has suggested they would be places for conventions, shows and fairs.

Other Brazilians officials have said cities will need to be creative to find uses for the stadiums.

Jose Maria Marin, the president of the Brazilian Football Federation, said earlier this year that finding uses for some stadiums after the World Cup will ``all depend on the creativity, the imagination of the owners and the operators of these stadiums. It will depend on the imagination of each leader.''

---

Associated Press writer Stan Lehman in Sao Paulo, and SNTV producer Filipe de Almeida in Rio de Janeiro contributed to this report.

---

Follow Stephen Wade at http://twitter.com/StephenWadeAP

---

Associated Press writer Stan Lehman in Sao Paulo, and SNTV producer Filipe de Almeida in Rio de Janeiro contributed to this report.

---

Follow Stephen Wade at http://twitter.com/StephenWadeAP

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
News: CL - MatchDay 1 Results
Bayern nips Man City 1-0 in Champions
Impact beat Red Bulls in CONCACAF CL
Fans banned for African Champions semi
Former Ukraine midfielder Gusin dies
Dunga picks Robinho for Argentina
Madrid starts CL defense in style
Atletico Madrid tops AP soccer poll
Swiss fans urinate in goalkeeper's bottle
MORE HEADLINES
 
VegasInsider.com Gold Membership
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Daily Fantasy NFL Perfect Lineup Contest