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July 1, 2014 5:26 pm EST

Did You Know: How Steel Tubing Competes in the World Cup

Steel Tubing in the World Cup

If steel tubing was a team, they’d be taking home the World Cup.

It’s no lie that the World Cup has grabbed most of the world’s attention. Millions each night are glued to their televisions cheering on their country, waiting to hear the magic word: goal!

However, we at Service Steel have had our eyes on something a bit different: the goals. No, not USA’s goals, but the actual goals or the goalposts themselves. Why? Simply because they are made out of steel tubing. Steel tubing is all around, you’ve just got to look for it. Trust us, once you start seeing steel tubing, you won’t be able to stop.

Here are four examples of how steel tubing stars in the World Cup this year.

  1. There are at least two dozen goals used for the World Cup in Brazil this year.  Goals for professional soccer fields are made of galvanized steel with ground sleeves that allows for the goals to be permanetly installed or removed for changes in field use. The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (or FIFA, for short), actually allows professional goals to be made of wood, however in today’s modern world the preference is steel. The steel tubing’s shape can range from square, rectangular, round or elliptical as well. These goals made out of steel tubing measure 8 ft. by 24 ft.
  2. Brazil has named twelve stadiums to host World Cup games this year. The biggest stadium, which will host the final match, is Maracanã (78,838 seats big). This stadium, which has been around since the 1950 Word Cup, had to be updated for this year’s competition. The most notable upgrade to this Rio de Janerio stadium was a new roof. It was condemned in 2011 and had to be completely rebuilt. A compression ring of 60 modules and 3,200 tons of steel made up the skeleton. It took crews 20 days to lift the ring into place, five centimeters at a time. A fiberglass membrane covers the roof, which collects rainwater to be reused for the stadium’s toilets.
  3. Inside of the Maracanã, the seats that thousands of fans will be sitting in had to be modified as well to keep up with the times. They changed the geometry of the seats, which required removing part of the rings. Over 4,900 tons of steel were used in the seats alone.
  4. Brazil’s government estimated that $13.3 billion was spent on projects for this year’s World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. That money went to stadiums, airport renovations and other similar projects. That’s a lot of steel tubing and structural steel tubing.

If steel was a team in the World Cup, they’d be competing for first. Without this structural metal, the stadiums, seats and infrastructure of the World Cup would crumble before the buzzer went off.

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