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Arena Corinthians hit by water leak

A number of fans attending yesterday’s (Wednesday’s) match between Corinthians and Goiás were forced to move seats after a leak caused part of the ninth-floor ceiling at Arena Corinthians to cave in.

According to Brazilian news website UOL, fans who had bought tickets in the upper-west section were relocated to the lower-west at no additional cost.

A leak in the stadium’s hydraulic system was reportedly the cause of the ceiling collapse on the ninth floor, with the sixth floor having also been affected as lifts broke down.

No fans were injured and the club is investigating the matter, UOL reported, with construction company Odebrecht having dealt with the issue. The attendance for the match was 34,790, with Corinthians claiming a 2-0 victory over Goiás.

Earlier this year, Corinthians announced details of a new space at Arena Corinthians that will include a swimming pool overlooking the pitch. The space will have a capacity for 300 fans on match days and seat up to 1,000 people for other events.

Arena Corinthians has a capacity of 49,000 and hosted matches during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Image: Arena Corinthians