Tender launched to appoint Maracanã operator

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The state government in Rio de Janeiro has launched a tender process to find a new operator for the Maracanã stadium.

The stadium has been managed by Campeonato Brasileiro Série A clubs Fluminense and Flamengo since April 2019 after they agreed what was then an initial six-month deal for the Maracanã complex.

In October last year, the bidding process to award a contract to operate the stadium was suspended after it was reported that Márcio Pacheco, a member of the Court of Auditors in the State of Rio de Janeiro, alleged that the bidding document did not include a financial feasibility study.

The state government, which owns the stadium, has now launched a new tender. The contract will run for 20 years, with interested parties having until December 7 to submit their proposals.

Brazilian news outlet Globo has reported that the minimum grant will be R$6.13m (£1m/€1.15m/$1.22m) per year. The government will assess each proposal for the contract, which will also include the adjacent Maracanãzinho arena.

The operator would be required to stage a minimum of 25 football matches a year at the stadium. This would include domestic club matches, as well as games from the Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana, and Brazil internationals.