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Soccer Stadium Getting New Environmentally Friendly Rooftop

Lifting specialist Transdata is making a major contribution to the renovation of the National Mane Garrincha Football Stadium in Brazil. The stadium will play host to a series of FIFA World Cup matches in 2014. Once complete, the capacity will be increased from 41,000 to 70,064, and the stadium will be the second largest in Brazil. It will also enjoy a reputation for sustainability.

New Stadium on Track for 2014 World Cup Games

Video: 2014 World Cup Brazil Soccer Stadium Construction

The stadium’s environmentally friendly rooftop will incorporate photovoltaic cells capable of generating all the power required by the new venue. The rooftop structure is made of concentrically placed steel rope rings that will be tensed from load bearing structures on the sides of the stadium. The cover will be made out of canvas and incorporate photovoltaic cells. Following a comprehensive engineering study, material handling specialist Transdata chose a 600-ton capacity Terex CC 2800-1 crawler crane to help construct the stadium’s rooftop.

One of the tasks of the CC 2800-1 crawler crane is to lift the 29-ton steel wire rope sections and position them in the tensioning devices. Employing the vario adjustable superlift system with 60 meters of main boom and 72 meters of luffer, the crane is expected to remain on site for five months.


One of the highlights of the action plan is the concern given to the environment. In order to achieve this, sustainability interventions start with the workers. Reservoirs with chemical substances are placed in concrete tanks, so that if there are any kind of leaks, the soil will not be compromised.

Another sustainability feature is the photovoltaic cells that will capture sunlight - up to 2.5 megawatts per day - corresponding to all the energy necessary for running the venue. Finally, the seats will be made with recycled plastic bottles.

During the building process, 81 trees were taken out. In compensation, the construction company donated 5,000 seedlings of different species to the federal district government.