With Maracanã closed for the Copa América and the “water polo” witnessed in the 1-0 defeat against Juventude, the lawn theme returned to the agenda at Flamengo, which sees the quality of the terrain having a direct influence on their game. The point is that this inconvenience also applies to their house, managed by Fluminense, where the duo has their hands tied to act until the new tender for the stadium takes place.
Until a process for the concession does not come out of the paper, the two managers of the stadium do not think about making a big investment to solve the problem.
The pair, however, is already planning a more definitive intervention if they are winners in the process. Initially, the idea is to have a complete change of floor. Hybrid grass (70% synthetic, 30% natural) is touted as the solution to this headache.
At the moment, the expectation is that Conmebol will deliver the floor in better conditions than it received. As the Maraca will be the stage for the final of the continental tournament, the organization took over the stadium and is paying for the renovation that is currently taking place.
The last time the stadium had a grass praised was in last season’s Libertadores final. This change for the Copa America, inclusive, should be the last within the current contract of Fla and Flu at Maracanã. A next investment should only be made after the bidding process.
On a daily basis, Greenleaf is responsible for maintenance, and company technicians point to the calendar as the great villain. Professionals also blame the somewhat “uncertain” climate of Rio de Janeiro to justify the state of the grass, as not even the Rio de Janeiro winter favors the proper growth of seeds planted at low temperatures.
The public lynching that the playing field of the main Brazilian stadium suffers bothers those responsible for the work, who understand that there is no comparison between Maracanã and any other stadium in the country. The only most accepted parameter is Castelão, which receives matches from Ceará and Fortaleza with great frequency.
Rubro-negros and Tricolors signed a last usage permit at the end of April, valid for six months. If the bidding is not completed by the end of this period, the pair can renew this “rent” for another six months.
The Civil House of Rio de Janeiro expects to place a new bid on the street by October. Until then, Fla and Flu manage as they can until the ball goes back to rolling without problems at Maracanã.
Retrieved from: UOL