Boulogne-Billancourt, 10 June 2013 – Vallourec, world leader in premium tubular solutions, announces the provision of structural seamless steel tubes for the renovation or the construction of Brazilian stadiums, prior to the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 and the 2014 FIFA World CupTM. A total of 10,500 tons of tubes were supplied by Vallourec’s Brazilian mill in Belo Horizonte to equip nine stadiums – including five of the twelve stadiums which will host official matches during the FIFA World CupTM and four others, which will be used during the tournament as training centers.
Thanks to their high performance which allows the construction of unsupported wide-span structures, Vallourec tubes are used to build the stadiums’ roof and related equipment. For instance, Vallourec designed an innovative roof of approximately 13,000 square meters with special corrosion-resistant steel tubes for Belo Horizonte’s
Mineirão stadium, Brazil’s third largest football stadium with its 62,000 seats. For the
Maracanã stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Vallourec supplied the tubes installed in the stadium’s maintenance catwalk. And last but not least, Vallourec supplied all the four thousand tons of tubes for the roof of
Arena Corinthians, in São Paulo, where the opening game of the 2014 FIFA World CupTM will be held.
Whether concerning new stadiums or renovation programs, each project had to meet specific technical requirements, combined with budget and deadline restrictions. When compared to conventional solutions, structures based on Vallourec tube profiles are more resistant and 30% lighter. In most cases, Vallourec steel tubes contributed to reduce the work site completion time, as well as overall costs, thanks to a reduced number of junctions and welds.
One year ahead of the 2014 FIFA World CupTM kick off, some of these facilities will already be used for highlevel international matches.
Estádio Nacional de Brasília will host the opening game of FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013, Brazil versus Japan, on 15 June 2013; Estádio Mineirão in Belo Horizonte will host three games during the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013, including one semi-final on 26 June 2013; and
Estádio Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro will also host three games during the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013, including the final on 30 June