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World Cup Blog: Quality of Play Goes South in South Africa

22 Jun

Editor’s note: Venues Today magazine has hired University of Florida student Phil Costa to write about his trip to South Africa with students from George Mason University.

Unfortunately, things aren’t looking too good for the African teams in the World Cup.  Along with their home nation, everyone in South Africa has been cheering for the African squads.  The match between Brazil and  the Ivory Coast (or Côt’e D’Ivoire ) was supposed to be one of the top games of the first round, but finished with an unfortunate 3-1 display.

Another unfavorable aspect has been some game changing calls made by the referees.  To highlight a few that have been disappointing:

1) The “3rd goal” that should have been in the U.S. vs. Slovenia match.  This would have given the U.S. the victory and an assured spot in the next round.

2) The goal in the New Zealand vs. Italy game that was a few yards offsides.  New Zealand scored; not exactly favorable for the reigning World Cup champions.

3) Two blatant hand balls in one play, resulting in a goal, for Fabiano of Brazil.  This put the Ivory Coast behind by two goals, and all but eliminated a chance to make a final run in the game.

4)  A handful of red and yellow cards that have sent players off of the field, and suspended them for other games.  Specifically, during the Brazil vs. Ivory Coast and Germany vs. Serbia matches.

Looks like a few refs might be losing their jobs.

Tomorrow I will be traveling back to Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium for the Chile vs. Switzerland match.  This has turned out to be a big time game for Group H; the winner should advance to the next round.

Until tomorrow, Cheers.

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AEG Deal for Brazillian Venue is First in South America

17 Jun

A rendering for Brazil's Pernambuco Stadium, one of 12 sites to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup

Pernambuco Stadium, São Lourenço da Mata, Brazil

Operator: AEG Facilities

Owner: State of Pernambuco

Comments: AEG Facilities has signed its first agreement on the South American continent, signing a management agreement for the $106 million, state-owned Pernambuco Stadium in São Lourenço da Mata, under construction just outside of Recife in Brazil.

The deal puts AEG Facilities in five continents and at the helm of a future FIFA World Cup stadium. The company has entered into an agreement to join Odebrecht, a Brazilian engineering and construction firm responsible for projects like the Tripoli Airport in Libya and a high-speed railway between Madrid, Spain and Lisbon, Portugal.

Fernandes Arquitetos Associados is the lead architect on the 45,000-seat stadium, set to anchor a business and residential complex that will eventually house 9,000 units. The site is one of 12 stadiums being constructed or renovated in advance of the 2014 games. AEG will operate and manage the facility, said Bob Newman, AEG Facilities chief operating officer.

“It’s going to be a multipurpose stadium and football is first and foremost,” said Newman, later adding “but we’re building it with the flexibility to hold family shows, concerts and other events. Our goal is to maximize its utilization by the local community in making it available to them for use.”

The facility also has an environmental component. Newman said Odebrecht was planning to build a rainwater collection system into the stadium, along with solar-panels and natural light and ventilation.

The project also gives AEG Facilities a foothold in an emerging economy with a gross domestic product that has grown two percent every quarter for the last year. The sports and entertainment community is set for two periods of venue growth, both with the World Cup and the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janiero.

“From an entertainment perspective, we’re about to see an entire marketplace reinvent itself at one time,” he said. — Dave Brooks

Contact: Bob Newman, (213) 763-5425

Meet Philip Costa, World Cup Blogger

17 Jun

Venues Today is very excited about hiring Philip Costa to cover the World Cup for our online properties. This senior at the University of Florida is currently doing a multi-week tour through South Africa with a group of students at George Mason University. We could tell you more about one of VT’s favorite interns (besides our own Heather and Jessica), but we figured we’d give the jet set traveler his own chance to introduce himself.

Hello Venues Today readers. I’m Phil, a lifelong sports and soccer fan (and soon to be job applicant!). I am a 4th year Sport Management student at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Throughout my time in undergrad, I have had the opportunity to attend industry conferences such as Event and Arena Marketing, the International Association of Assembly Mangagers, and Sports, Entertainment and Venues Tomorrow conference in Columbia, S.C.. I’ve also worked at the O’Connell Center and Athletic Association at UF. But that’s all on hold as I set off on a three-week journey to South Africa with a group of students, and a professor from George Mason University.  During this trip we will attend three soccer matches, check out a variety of tourist destinations, and see the sport best described at The Beautiful Game. I plan on updating the blog throughout my trip and providing a better understanding about  soccer, South Africa’s sport system, and the FIFA World Cup. Stay tuned…my first bout is at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium to Germany play Serbia in a Group D matchup.