Final 2014 venue tender opened

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The state government of Rio Grande do Norte has released official details of the project requirements for construction of the Estádio das Dunas ('Stadium of the Dunes') in Natal, with the proposals to be opened on 5 November 2010. The winner will have 30 days to present a timeline, with initial demolition works have to begin by the end of February 2011 at the latest.

The 2014 FIFA World Cup venue was designed by Populous (formerly HOK Sport Venue Event). The stadium is due to be built in place of the Machadão stadium the Machadinho gym, whose buildings will be demolished in 2011. This project replaces the old project called 'Estádio Estrela dos Reis Magos' that would be located in the neighbouring municipality of Parnamirim. In the new project, the stadium will have capacity for 45 thousand people. A shopping centre and commercial buildings, hotels of international standard and an artificial lake around the stadium will be built. . The stadium is going to be located by the Senador Salgado Filho Avenue (BR–101 highway), a multi–lane road already served by the Complexo Viário do Quarto Centenário (Fourth Centennial Complex road). The project was one of the most praised by inspectors from FIFA.

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