The city of Cordoba, in central Argentina, was a natural choice as one of the venues for the World Cup Soccer finals to be played in June.
The city of Cordoba, in central Argentina, was a natural choice as one of the venues for the World Cup Soccer finals to be played in June. It is a sprawling city of almost one million people that lies at the edge of hilly area 700 kilometres (440 miles) north west of Buenos Aires. It is a popular resort and thousands of tourists come to the city all the year round. The influx is going to be increased greatly when the World Cup series games are played, in a few weeks time.
SYNOPSIS: Just on the outskirts of Cordoba, this stadium is nearing completion. It has a capacity of 47,000 people. Over half will be seated, most of these under transparent roofing that has been designed to help television coverage. Architects have planned the building to give spectators maximum visibility from all angles. World Cup champions West Germany will be playing here in the opening rounds, along with other countries in groups Two and Four. The Germans will not be short of local support. There is a large colony of Germans and their descendants in a town just 40 kilometres (25 miles) south of Cordoba.
Just by the stadium an exhibition complex is also nearing completion. It will try to take commercial advantage of the interest in the World Cup. More than 5,000 journalists are expected in Argentina for the competition, and the Argentine government hopes to use the opportunity to convince the world of the country's advantages as a world trade centre.
A commercial fair is going to be staged here for a month from May 25, to coincide with the World Cup games. Organising officials expect one million visitors both from Argentina and from abroad, and they hope this will establish Cordoba as an international commerce centre.