Cidade de Copa Consortium selects AEG Facilities to manage Brazil's Pernambuco Stadium opening in 2012

by laliveinsider on Tue., Jun 15 at 09:00 AM

June 15, 2010

AEG Facilities Expands its Reach to Five Continents and Will Operate Future 2014 FIFA World Cupâ„¢ Stadium in the Metropolitan Recife, Brazil Area

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. (Tuesday, June 15, 2010) - AEG Facilities has entered into an agreement to join Odebrecht Participações e Investimentos and Odebrecht Serviços de Engenharia e Construção in association with ISG (International Stadia Group) to establish Cidade de Copa Consortium, a partnership which will be contracted for the construction and operation of the Pernambuco Stadium in São Lourenço da Mata, situated in the metropolitan Recife area in Brazil. The 45,000-seat multi-use stadium is part of Pernambuco State's Cidade de Copa, or 'City of the Cup,' project for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which also includes an urban residential and business complex.

The bid process for Pernambuco Stadium, administered by the State of Pernambuco, started at the beginning of the year, and construction is planned to be completed by the end of 2012. International venue construction company Odebrecht enlisted AEG Facilities as venue partner, to provide management and event programming support for the stadium, which will be AEG's first entry into the South American continent, and expands its venue presence across five continents. In addition to the 2014 World Cup, the 45,000-seat multi-purpose venue will host other international soccer tournaments and sporting events, plus concerts, family shows, special events and conventions.

\"We look forward to operating the new Pernambuco Stadium, and working with our partners, Odebrecht, ISG and the State of Pernambuco as this project gets underway,\" said Bob Newman, AEG Facilities Chief Operating Officer. \"As AEG Facilities continues to expand our reach across the globe, the Cidade de Copa project will generate a new urban center in the metropolitan Recife area, and help bring the community additional revenue streams as it prepares and welcomes the world to Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.\"

Pernambuco Stadium in Recife is one of twelve planned host venues that will be upgraded or constructed for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, which will be the first World Cup in Brazil in 60 years, and the first staged in South America since the 1978 FIFA World Cup in Argentina.

Recife, or 'reef' in Portuguese, is named for its coastal location in the Northeast region of Brazil, with two major international ports on the Atlantic Ocean and a population of 3.8 million. Home to coral reefs, small islands and bridges, the metropolitan region of Recife is the fifth most populous region in Brazil. Recife is known for its commercial center in the State of Pernambuco, plus modern hospitals, advances in the information technology sector and its growing tourism business.

The 617-acre project is part of the State of Pernambuco's Cidade de Copa project, which also includes a complex of approximately nine thousand residential units and business structures, located in an area where the municipalities of Recife, Jaboatão dos Guararapes and Camaragibe meet.

About Odebrecht

Odebrecht was founded in 1944 in the Brazilian State of Bahia and has become the largest engineering and construction company in Latin America, showing a gross income of over R$ 40 billion in 2009. It is present in 17 countries in the three Americas, Africa, the Middle East and Europe. It currently employs over 90 thousand. The company has to date successfully completed nearly two thousand contracts in 35 countries, covering integrated engineering, supply, construction, erection and management of civil, industrial and special technology construction projects. Odebrecht Serviços de Engenharia e Construção encompasses six companies consolidated in 2010 according to each one's core business or geographic coverage: Odebrecht Energia, Odebrecht Industrial, Odebrecht Infraestrutura, Odebrecht América Latina e Angola, Odebrecht Venezuela and Odebrecht Internacional. Its portfolio includes important infrastructure projects such as the construction of Tripoli Airport (Libya), the Miami International Airport expansion, the Madrid-Lisbon high-speed railway, the Chaglia hydroelectric project in Peru and the Ruta del Sol in Colombia.

Odebrecht Participações e Investimentos handles infrastructure investments in Latin America and Portugal, with emphasis on the transportation and logistics sectors. The company also invests in sports arenas and irrigation. The investments are traditionally financed in Project Finance mode, through private and public partnership (PPP) contracts and concessions. By the end of 2009, OPI's portfolio showed investments of R$ 29 billion in 12 infrastructure projects in four countries (Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Panama), R$ 337 million of which in already contributed equity. In addition to \"Cidade da Copa\" the company is responsible for the Arena Fonte Nova project in Salvador, Bahia State, the first PPP project for sports arenas for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

About AEG Facilities

AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Anschutz Company, is the leading sports, entertainment and venue operator in the world. AEG Facilities, a stand-alone affiliate of AEG, owns, operates or consults with more than 100 of the industry's preeminent venues worldwide, across five continents, and works in concert with affiliated AEG entities, including live event producer, AEG Live, AEG Global Partnerships and AEG Development to support the success of AEG venues across the globe. AEG owns, operates or provides services to venues including STAPLES Center (Los Angeles, Calif.), The Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.), Nokia Theatre L.A. Live (Los Angeles, Calif.), Sprint Center (Kansas City, Mo.), The Rose Garden (Portland, Ore.), KeyArena (Seattle, Wash.), Conseco Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Ind.), American Airlines Arena (Miami, Fla.), AT&T Center (San Antonio, Tx.), Time Warner Cable Arena (Charlotte, N.C.), Prudential Center (Newark, N.J.), Target Center (Minneapolis, Minn.), Mercedes-Benz Arena (Shanghai, China), Wukesong Arena (Beijing, China), The O2 Arena (London, England), O2 World (Berlin, Germany), O2 World Hamburg (Hamburg, Germany), Ahoy Arena (Rotterdam, Netherlands), Acer Arena (Sydney, Australia), Globe Arenas (Stockholm, Sweden), Turk Telekom Stadium (Istanbul, Turkey) and the Qatar National Convention Centre (Doha, Qatar). For more information, please visit and


Michael Roth, AEG
(213) 742-7155 or [email protected]

Alison Groendal Salcedo, AEG Facilities
(310) 630-2032 or [email protected]

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