São Paulo staircase wobbles under fans, while VIPs get firmer footing

Remember the staircase into the new World Cup stadium in São Paulo that is made out of scaffolding and looks like it could fall down at any second? It hasn’t fallen down (yet), but it sure does wobble a lot:

There’s a separate staircase a short distance away, but it’s for VIPs so most fans can’t use it.

That’s about as good a metaphor for Brazil’s World Cup stadium spree as any. Unless it’s the $300 million, 42,000-seat stadium they built in a city with no pro soccer team and where one-quarter of the population has no running water. That’s pretty good too.


2 comments on “São Paulo staircase wobbles under fans, while VIPs get firmer footing

  1. Just as a bit of housekeeping, the staircase is actually at the Maracana in Rio (where the final will be played, btw).

  2. More Maracana Madness:

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/sns-rt-uk-soccer-world-fifa-invasion-20140619,0,4339303.story

    Yeah, that’s encouraging.

    I just have this feeling that Brazil isn’t quite getting its money’s worth.

    And frankly, Qatar will be way worse.