Local Company Lands Olympic Role

February 4, 2013 Updated Feb 4, 2013 at 8:39 AM EDT

By James Fink, Buffalo Business First

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Local Company Lands Olympic Role

February 4, 2013 Updated Feb 4, 2013 at 8:39 AM EDT

A Brazil stadium that will house events for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics has been modernized, thanks in large part to a tensile roof system designed by Birdair Inc.

Amherst-based Birdair fabricated and supplied the 136,000-square-foot fiberglass membrane roof that covers Estadio Mineirao, a stadium that was built in 1965 but was expanded and modernized to host 70,000 people during the World Cup and Summer Olympics. The stadium will host six World Cup matches, including one semi-final contest.

The stadium is listed as a national monument in Brazil.

"With the new tensile membrane roof renovation and other major improvements, Estadio Mineirao can continue its proud football tradition in Brazil," said Tom Wuerch, Birdair senior vice president of operations. "The roof adds visual interest to the stadium while functionally offering low maintenance requirements and shade for spectators."

Estadio Mineirao's renovation also included lowering the pitch surface and improving stadium accessibility.

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