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Engenhão Stadium shut down due to structural problems

Rio de Janeiro's mayor Eduardo Paes ordered Botafogo's Engenhão stadium to be shutdown after engineers found structural problems with the roof.

The mayor had access to recent reports from the construction companies responsible for the stadium's project. The reports indicated problems with the roof's structure.

The stadium will remain closed for an undetermined amount of time, the decision will affect Rio de Janeiro's clubs Botafogo, Flamengo and Fluminense, as they usually play at the Engenhão.

Fluminense's executive director Rodrigo Caetano is waiting for the city of Rio de Janeiro's government's official position, he told Globo Esporte: "Not even the Rio de Janeiro FA knows well what happened, we have to see what will be done, as the Fan Statute does not allow changes like that, tickets have already been printed and plans had already been made".

Rio's mayor Eduardo Paes said that no solution has been presented, he said: "They have not presented any solution yet, only problems, it'd not acceptable that such a new stadium can be in that situation. I will only open the stadium if a solution is found. We can't play around, even if it takes a year. I hope the solution is simple and definitive".

The matches Botafogo and Fluminense will play this week have been moved to Vasco's São Januário stadium.

The Engenhão Stadium was built for the 2007 Pan American Games and has been Botafogo's stadium since then.

Flamengo and Fluminense currently play there as well as the Maracanã stadium is being renovated for the 2014 World Cup.

Source: Globo Esporte


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