The United States is set to learn in just over a month–December 2nd–whether it will be awarded the World Cup in 2022. A huge expected boon for both the economy and soccer adoption in the United States.
However, the same may not be able to be said for South Africa which seems to be suffering under the weight of how to sluff off the World Cup hangover and what to do with those pesky multi-millionaire dollar stadium creations that appear to have no use.
Just over a month ago, Green Point Stadium in Capetown, RSA failed to find a manager for their stadium and now the city is set to incur the enormous expenses of maintaining the behemoth. Talk of knocking down the stadium, erected specifically for World Cup 2010, has been uttered and the initiative appears to have some support.
With South African struggles to host the World Cup (and now flourish in its absence) still fresh in our mind and the United States eager to punch their bid ticket in 2022, TSG thought the next best place to look would be Brazil, where preparations to host World Cup 2014 are in full swing.
The author of our piece on Brazil 2014 is a good one: Professor Christopher Gaffney.
Professor Gaffney is a visiting professor at the Universidade Federal Fluminese in the Department of Architecture and Urbanism. His research and teaching at the university are focused on the urban and social impacts of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Gaffney, also, is the author of “Temples of the Earthbound Gods” an annal that explores the history, geography and culture of stadiums in Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires.
Finally, Professor Gaffney currently serves as the Vice President of the National Fans Association (ANT - Associação Nacional dos Torcedores, torcedores.org).
TSG was introduced to Chris through a mutual friend and as it turns out, oddly, we’ve shared the same pitch with his brother.
Next up, Professor Chris Gaffney with a perhaps shocking look at Brazil 2014 and how those who do not heed history may be doomed to repeat it again….right before the world’s eyes.