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Flamengo identifies site for new stadium

Flamengo president, Rodolfo Landim, has said the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A football club is in talks over using the Gasômetro site in Rio de Janeiro for its proposed new stadium, stating it is an “area of interest”.

Landim’s latest comments come after he said last week that Flamengo was weighing up several options for a new stadium, as it awaits news on a public tender process for its current home, Estádio do Maracanã.

Flamengo was said to be assessing sites across Rio de Janeiro, including Parque Olímpico, Terra Encantada, Deodoro and Gasômetro, with its long-term future at the iconic Maracanã (pictured) uncertain.

Landim has now told Globo Esporte: “The news is real. Flamengo has been talking to the City Hall, the Federal Government, Caixa (Econômica Federal), and has already shown its interest in building a stadium in the Gasômetro area. But the process is still at a very preliminary stage. It is an area of ​​interest for the club.”

Gasómetro, in the central region of Rio, offers around 116,000 square metres of land and was acquired by state-owned Brazilian financial services company Caixa in 2012 through its Fundo de Investimento Imobiliário Porto Maravilha.

Globe Esporte noted that at that time, the land was intended to be redeveloped into a real estate project consisting of the likes of residential and commercial buildings, shopping malls and hotels. However, this has yet to materialise.

Gasómetro is also close to the Maracanã, along with Estádio São Januário, the home of Vasco da Gama, and Estádio Ronaldo Luis Nazário de Lima.

Flamengo is currently the main tenant of the Maracanã, alongside fellow Série A club Fluminense.

Indeed, the two clubs have also served to manage the stadium since April 2019 after they agreed what was then an initial six-month deal for the Maracanã Complex, which includes the stadium and the Maracanãzinho arena.

Image: Brazilian Government/CC BY 3.0 BR/Edited for size