Legendary venue being converted into a modern multifunctional arena for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics
Ever since its initial construction for the 1950 World Cup, the Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho in Rio de Janeiro - Maracanã, for short - has been one of the world's most imposing and fascinating football arenas. In the beginning the venue was reported to have housed almost 200,000 spectators for a World Cup game, a record which still stands today. Even today the Maracanã remains one of the world's largest sporting venues. In addition, high-profile rock and pop concerts have been staged here and Pope John Paul II celebrated a much noted mass there in 1980. During the more than six decades of its existence, the stadium has been renovated several times in order to equip it for the evolving requirements. At present this national monument is being converted into a highly modern multi-functional arena for the 2014 FIFA World Cup as well as the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics. High-quality water fittings from GROHE have been specified for the new sanitary facilities.
Sporting excellence on a grand scale
The Maracanã stadium will play a key role when the World Cup kicks off in June 2014. Apart from the opening and closing ceremonies, the final of the 2014 FIFA world cup will be played here on July 13. A comprehensive modernisation programme will be completed by then. For example, the grandstands will be moved some 13 metres closer to the pitch and new press stands and luxury boxes will be built. Moreover, a lightweight textile roof will be installed to afford shadow for all spectators while still letting through sufficient daylight. To preserve the historic appearance of the stadium, which comprises a total area of 144,000 square metres, the exterior facade will not be changed. Daniel Fernandes from the São Paulo-based firm Fernandes Arquitetos Associados is the man responsible for the modernisation concept.
Efficient GROHE solutions for the sanitary facilities
This massive reconstruction project includes a refurbishment of the restrooms inside the Estádio Municipal do Maracanã. The planners specified reliable WC flushing cisterns from GROHE in combination with high-quality Skate Cosmopolitan wall plates in stainless steel. While the dual flush design gives users the choice between a three-litre and a six-litre flush, the start-stop function allows for further water savings in line with actual requirements. GROHE EcoJoy® technology helps cut water consumption without compromising on comfort and functionality. The modern plate design blends discreetly and elegantly into the new washroom decor.
Soon the eyes of the world will be once again on the Maracanã - a legendary stadium which continues to embody architectural, technical and sporting excellence in a unique way.
The GROHE Group is spearheaded by Grohe Holding GmbH, Düsseldorf, and comprises Grohe AG, Hemer, Joyou AG, Hamburg, (fully consolidated since 1 July 2011) and other majority shareholdings of GROHE in foreign markets.
Grohe AG is Europe's largest and the world's leading provider of sanitary fittings under one brand. As a global brand for sanitary products and systems, GROHE sets standards in quality, design, technology and sustainability, providing water to perfection.
With its headquarters in Hemer and Corporate Center in Düsseldorf, the GROHE Group employed some 8,700 people on average worldwide in 2011 (including around 3,200 at Joyou), of whom some 2,400 worked at GROHE in Germany. In 2011, the company's kitchen and bathroom fittings and showers, automatic fittings for the commercial and contract sectors, and installation and flushing systems generated consolidated sales of €1,165 million.
GROHE has six production plants, of which three are located outside Germany, namely in Portugal, Thailand and Canada. The company currently generates 84 percent of its sales outside Germany.
For further information please contact:
Dr. Ulrike Heuser-Greipl
Senior Vice President Public & Investor Relations
Telephone: +49 (0) 211 9130 - 3001
Grohe Holding GmbH