Arena Amazônia hopeful of hosting Serie A games
The stadium in Manaus hosted four World Cup games but is currently scheduled to host just one game in the second half of the Brazilian season: a Serie B clash between Oeste v Vasco da Gama on September 16.
Administrators at the Arena Amazônia are targeting Flamengo, Botafogo, Fluminense, Corinthians, São Paulo, Palmeiras and Santos to play at the 42,000-seater stadium and help cover the £150,000 monthly cost of maintaining the stadium, according to globoesporte.
Whilst some shows have already been scheduled, the intention of the Vila Olímpica Foundation, the state government organisation responsible for running the stadium, is to attract clubs from Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo states.
“I’m going to have a meeting with the CBF on Thursday,” said administrator Aly Almeida.
“We’re going to try and get a game for September or October.”
The administrator was keen to stress that for the time being the situation is under control, with four shows already scheduled. The priority, however, is to bring games to the Amazonian capital.
“The schedule of shows is full until November. What interests us now is football. We have everything under control. Whoever thought that the stadium would be a white elephant has egg on their faces. The schedule is packed,” completed the administrator.