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Flamengo, Fluminense secure 20-year deal to manage Maracanã

Featured image credit: Rio de Janeiro State Government

The Rio de Janeiro State Government has confirmed that a consortium formed by football clubs Flamengo and Fluminense has been awarded a contract to manage the Maracanã for the next 20 years.

The Fla/Flu Consortium had appeared set to land the contract last month after submitting a higher bid than a proposal put forward by Vasco da Gama and the WTorre conglomerate.

The Fla/Flu Consortium bid was worth R$20,060,874.12 (£3m/€3.5m/$3.8m), slightly more than the rival bid which was submitted under the ‘Maracanã para Todos Consortium’ banner.

The contract will cover the Maracanã Complex, which includes both the iconic stadium and the Maracanãzinho arena. Flamengo and Fluminense had already been operating the complex after signing a new short-term deal with the State Government back in November.

The consortium has now been selected to operate the stadium on a long-term basis after scoring 120.2 points during an evaluation process assessing the technical proposals of the bids. The State Government will now begin a transition process and prepare the signing of the contract.

Governor Cláudio Castro said: “We closed the bidding with the certainty that we carried out a transparent and very effective process for the development of sport and culture in Rio de Janeiro. The winner must manage and invest in the sports complex, and the State Government will closely monitor this management.”

Flamengo and Fluminense are currently the main tenants of the Maracanã and have managed the stadium since April 2019 after they agreed what was then an initial six-month deal for the Maracanã Complex. That deal came after the Rio Government had announced that it would regain control of the stadium after annulling a contract with its private administrators.

A series of renovations are planned at the Maracanã, focusing on the stadium’s water systems, escalators, elevators, air conditioning and museum. For the Maracanãzinho, repairs will be carried out on the roof and a new audiovisual and acoustic system will be fitted.