LOOK: Rio’s historic Maracana Stadium a mess just six months after Olympics

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CNN’s Shasta Darlington took a look around the most historic stadium in Brazil…and what she found will sadden you.

During a recent visit, CNN was able to see the extent of some of the damage. The browning pitch has been invaded by worms, several windows and doors have been broken or damaged and nearly 10% of the stadium’s 78,000 seats are missing.
“There are things that you can see on the surface that are damaged, like the grass and the seats,” Daelcio de Freitas, spokesperson for Maracana SA, the firm responsible for the stadium’s upkeep, told CNN.
“However, what we are most concerned about is the safety of the people who are coming to Maracana and we need to make sure things, like the stadium’s roof, weren’t compromised.”
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