Ronaldo praises Cuiabá World Cup legacy
The venue, which is set to host four group matches at the World Cup, recently received a visit from a delegation led by the FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke, the Brazilian Minister of Sport Aldo Rebelo and Local Organising Committee (LOC) Management Board member Ronaldo.
The trio were pleased to see the latest developments in the stadium that will receive eight different teams, and highlighted the legacy that will be left for the local community in terms of better airport and public transport facilities.
“It’s a pleasure to be here again in Cuiabá. We had a great visit to a school, where we met hundreds of children on the incredible FIFA 11 For Health programme. The project is aimed at improving children’s well-being and health through physical activity and education. It was a wonderful occasion full of joy and it was lovely seeing the smiles on those kids’ faces.”
“We have no doubts that the Arena Pantanal will be a stand-out World Cup venue, and of course the event will leave a great legacy for the city. Several improvements are being made for the benefit of the local community and this city will serve as an example of the wonderful legacy the World Cup leaves behind. It’s a great opportunity because the legacy won’t be restricted to the stadium; the public transport network will also be improved. A lot of investment is being made in Brazil in the 12 Host Cities, but Cuiaba is the foremost example of how to make the most of this opportunity.”
“The pitch is excellent. I saw the Mixto-Santos game on TV and despite the heavy rain beforehand the pitch held up well. Today it is dry and firm, which shows the fantastic drainage system. I leant down to tug it, but the real test has to be with boots and goalposts. But there’s no doubt it looks perfect and appears to be firm and in line with FIFA standards,” said the former Seleção star in an interview with the FIFA website.