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As preparations continue for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, a report from The Sun claims that seats for obese fans will be included in at least one of the stadiums being used in the tournament. The report states that these “obese seats” will be twice as wide as a standard seat, and will be reinforced to support even the biggest of fans, both literally and figuratively. The cheapest disabled tickets are in the lower sections of the stadium and will be $57, and will be good for wheelchair users, mobility impaired people, and now possibly obese people.
From Brazil’s World Cup site…
The twelve 2014 World Cup Arenas are designed to offer the highest comfort and convenience to supporters. Accessibility is an important item for inclusion, also a requirement by the Brazilian government and FIFA. The Castelão in Fortaleza is an example of how football may bring about this type of legacy in the country. From the total of 63,903 seats, 1,675 are reserved for obese people, or people with disabilities.
This number corresponds to 2.4% of the stadium’s capacity, which is more than the minimum requirement of 1% anticipated by the World Cup General Bill and administrative rule No 205 of the Ministry of Sport, that regulates the issue. At the Castelão, 335 seats are reserved for wheel chair users, 1,220 for people with reduced mobility and 120 for obese people. The seats are spread throughout the lower ring and cater for views from all angles of the pitch.
Now, I’m not here to lecture on the importance of being active and healthy, but isn’t it ironic that these obese fans will be watching a sport that involves 90 minutes of sprinting and jogging by some of the most physically fit athletes in the world, nestled snugly in their extra large seats? On the plus side, maybe this will mean more American fans will make the trek to Brazil for the World Cup, knowing there will be seating to accommodate their ample frames.