The 12 stadiums currently seeing World Cup action are not created equal. The dozen venues for the games are a mix of something old, something new, something temporary that will be taken down after the last goal is kicked. And not all of them have turned out to deliver the hopes and dreams promised (a few aren't even finished).
Even as Brazil's faith in the World Cup is tested by exorbitant costs, construction delays, and yes, sadly even some few worker deaths, a few stadiums are emerging as crown jewels based on their innovation, responsibility, and foresight. These stadiums not only provide world-class sporting venues, they are making a solid investment in their communities that will last.