Despite targeting the Maracanã franchise, Flamengo’s board of directors is advancing on a project to build its own stadium. Club managers are already analyzing the potential of the land, from Deodoro, Barra da Tijuca to the central region of Rio de Janeiro. They have already started talks with the federal government.
The red and black president, Rodolfo Landim, is at the forefront of talks regarding the stadium. The positive impact of the project among fans made the director create a sense of urgency for the idea. Even because Flamengo raised it as one of the few clubs in Serie A without its own stadium.
The club already has an agreement with Fluminense to challenge the final concession of the Maracana. But Flamengo’s recent legal dispute with Vasco over the use of the stadium leaves the Red and Black people behind with the legal security of the stadium. The concept is that the club can get a franchise, and until then, the state government imposes terms during the contract.
Thus, the council began talks about the stadium with the mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes. The goal was to find out the feasibility of using the Olympic Park area for the construction of the stadium, which would require negotiations with the Odebrecht Federation and Carvalho Hosken, who own most of the land. Pais suggested Deodoro, in the north, where there is a land for the army, that is, belonging to the Federation.
Landim went to Brasilia to speak to representatives of the federal government about the Union territory. Deodoro is just one of the options. The commander also surveys other federal land in central areas of the city that may be used.
In the dynamics of the project, the city of Rio ensures transportation to the site. In addition, Landim will begin talks with companies for partnerships to finance construction. The idea is to include a joint real estate project in exchange for making the construction viable.
What is certain is that the stadium project will be implemented in parallel with the Maracana concession. First, because the club will still play a lot on the field until the future construction. Secondly, he can continue to play for the Maracana in bigger matches. Even because there is still no decision on the size of the house.
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