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Maracana and Bernabéu enlisted in coronavirus battle

Brazil’s Maracana sports complex in Rio de Janeiro, which includes the world famous soccer stadium, is set to become a temporary hospital to help fight coronavirus.

State authorities in the South American country have sought sports venues for use as temporary hospitals.

The Maracana will join Sao Paulo’s Pacaembu stadium and the Mané Garrincha stadium in Brasilia as they are converted into temporary health facilities.

Brazil’s soccer federation has suspended the current season of the country’s national tournament due to the outbreak.

The Rio stadium held the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final as well as the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2016 Olympic Games.

Meanwhile in Madrid, Spain, the Santiago Bernabéu will be turned into a storage and distribution centre for medical materials donated to the health authorities as the coronavirus crisis continues.

Madrid will use their charitable foundation to receive financial donations and have set up a point of contact to collect and receive donations of materials which will then be stored at the stadium.

Madrid’s stadium has hosted the final of the World Cup, European Cup and Copa Libertadores.

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