Tender announced

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The Atletico Paranaense football club, owner of the Arena da Baixada stadium in the southern Brazilian city of Curitiba, capital of Parana state, has indicated that it will open a public tender for the refurbishment and management of the facility by February 2011.

The arena, which is already one of the most modern in Brazil following a major renovation in 1999 and, therefore, requires only minor works in relation to most other 2014 FIFA World Cup host stadia, should be a candidate for some of the most high profile matches in the tournament. A number of construction groups have already shown interest in the project, including local company J Malucelli, Odebrecht, which is involved in a number of Cup projects including the controversial Arena do Corinthians in Sáo Paulo, and OAS, already contracted for Salvador's Cup stadium Fonte Nova. The Arena da Baixada should take a year and a half to refurbish and be relaunched by December 2012. The project could be quite attractive to relevant overseas groups given both the timeframe and relative ease of access to the Curitiba market, which is one of Brazil's most modern cities. Details of the tender will be released when available. About Simon TarmoA journalist from Sydney, Australia, and co–founder of industry journal Australian Sponsorship News, Simon Tarmo now lives in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Having worked on a range of writing, research and trade projects across a number of industries including sport, entertainment and wine, he is currently focusing on business opportunities involving the 2014 World Cup and Rio 2016 in Brazil. With fluent Portuguese language skills, he has an extensive network of contacts throughout Brazil and can advise and assist foreign groups doing business in the country. More details http://simontarmo. blogspot. com/ ~ Simon Tarmo+55 31 9196 0069simon@pando. com. auhttp://simontarmo. blogspot. com/

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