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Brazil’s World Cup Stadium takes Shape with Grove Cranes

SAO PAULO/BRAZIL, September 6, 2013 - Two Grove cranes are constructing a massive soccer stadium in Brazil for the 2014 World Cup. The Arena Corinthians, located on the east side of São Paulo, will host some of the tournament’s games before becoming the new home of the Brazilian Club Corinthians soccer team. The World Cup is a high-profile event, watched around the world — and it’s no surprise that Grove cranes are playing a vital role in completing this high-profile job.

Grove cranes constructing stadium in Brazil

Soccer stadium Arena Corinthians will seat 65,000 fans during the tournament and will be reduced to 48.000 people when the World Cup is over. | photo: Manitowoc

A Grove RT765E-2 rough-terrain crane and GMK6220L all-terrain crane are on the Arena Corinthians job site, assisting in the stadium pre-assembly. They are unloading construction materials weighing as much as 34 t (37 USt) and lifting them to heights of 33 m (108 ft) in limited space and windy conditions.
São Paulo-based Locar is the company supplying the crane to Odebrecht, which is in charge of the stadium’s construction. Leanderson Dias, equipment supervisor at Locar, said the two Grove cranes are working on a tight schedule, but handling the cramped working quarters and windy conditions with ease.
For the World Cup games, Arena Corinthians will seat 65,000 fans. After the tournament is over, the capacity will be reduced to 48,000 people. The stadium will have a spacious plaza at ground level and an underground field. The roof of the stadium will feature photovoltaic cells that generate energy for the building. The project began in May of 2011 and is due to finish this December.