Brazil has found new use for several of the stadiums it built and renovated in preparation for the 2014 World Cup. Local governments plan to convert the venues into hospitals and vaccine centers for what is expected to be a surge of novel coronavirus cases.The country’s most famous stadium, the iconic Maracanã sports complex in Rio de Janeiro, will become a temporary hospital. The Maracanã stadium held the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2016 Summer Olympics and is among the best-known soccer stadiums in the world. It first was used for the 1950 World Cup, and authorities have not decided how many beds it will hold or whether they will be placed on the playing field or elsewhere in a complex that also houses a track and field stadium and an aquatic park.Work has begun to convert Sao Paulo’s Pacaembu Stadium, which wasn’t used during the World Cup. It can seat 45,000 and is expected to provide more than 200 beds. The stadium, where Pelé played for Santos, is near several hospitals in the country’s largest city and is expected to treat less-serious cases.Brasilia’s Mané Garrincha Stadium, controversial for its more than $700 million renovation, rarely has been used


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