For World Cup fans, the Mineirão stadium in Belo Horizonte may bring back memories of the Brazilian team’s 7-1 loss to Germany during the 2014 semifinals. It was an outrageous defeat—and this stadium will long be remembered as the stage on which this national disaster took place. But there’s another reason this stadium stands out, particularly among all other publicly-owned football stadiums in Brazil. According to Marcos Siqueira Morães, former Managing Director of the Central PPP Unit of Minas Gerais (above), Mineirão is noteworthy because it was delivered on time and on budget—a “score” for Brazil. What’s behind this win? The stadium was implemented as a PPP, so a private company designed, financed, and built it. It will continue to be operated under this structure for 27 years—enough time for the Brazilian soccer team to redeem itself on home turf.
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