Against all odds, the government of Bahia state has presented the candidacy of Salvador to host the opening match of World Cup 2014. Although the decision is officially open, in practice the priority for the first match is the city of Sao Paulo.
Yesterday in Rio de Janeiro, during the project presentation of the new stadium in Salvador, Arena Fonte Nova, president of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), Ricardo Teixeira, has a polished statement that the claim of the city is just, as well as any other of the 12 host cities, and that Bahia is able to hold the event.
But that still has the support of other cities and states in the Northeast, as well as the friendliness of the sports minister Orlando Silva, who was born in Salvador, at the moment it seems that the World Cup of 2014 will start even in the largest city in the country. Whether in the future stadium for Corinthians, or another arena to be built.
The future stadium, which must have the capacity to approximately 50,000 people, would need 15,000 more places to meet FIFA’s requirements to receive the opening game of the World Cup. A Swiss company has been contracted to provide mobile bleachers.
With the New Source Arena, the city of Salvador, which has only two big clubs, Bahia e Vitória, will feature three football stadiums. The others are Pituaçu and Barradão, the latter belonging to Vitória.