STADIUM DEMOLISHED AS BRAZIL BUILDS FOR 2014 WORLD CUP

The Fonte Nova stadium was demolished on Sunday as Brazil prepares to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Experts used 700 kilograms of explosives to destroy the upper stands of the stadium and the 138 pillars that supported the roof in just 15 seconds.

All that was left standing after the implosion was the seating in VIP boxes, which will be demolished with excavators instead of explosives to avoid risks to nearby buildings.

Fonte Nova, in the north eastern city of Salvador, has been closed since November 2007 after stands collapsed during a match killing seven people.

A new $330 million venue, called The Bahia Arena, will be built on the former site once the rubble has been cleared.

The new ground will have a capacity of 51,000 and will host also be used for the football preliminaries of the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Posted on 30/08/2010