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Six of 12 World Cup stadiums not yet ready

05 December 2013, 16:14

Costa D0 Sauipe, Brazil - The 20th football World Cup is set to take place next year in 12 Brazilian cities, each with its own World Cup stadium. The first six stadiums were ready for the Confederations Cup in June, and construction work on the remaining six was due to be completed by the end of December.

However construction delays mean that two stadiums - in Curitiba and Sao Paulo - will probably not be delivered until late February. Local organizers say two of the stadiums - in Natal and Manaus - should be ready by the end of the year, and another two - in Porto Alegre and Cuiaba - in January.

World governing body FIFA has been told all will be ready for testing in time for the World Cup from June 12-July 13. The Arena Corinthians stadium in Sao Paulo - where the opening game will be played - has been further delayed by last week's construction site accident in which two workers were killed. FIFA is awaiting an investigatory report into the accident.


The Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha in BRASILIA has a capacity for about 70,000 spectators and hosted the opening match of the Confederations Cup on June 15, 2013. Construction cost around 405 million dollars.

Maracana Stadium in RIO DE JANEIRO, also known as "Maraca," is Brazil's best-known football venue. This round stadium that was opened in 1950 has now been completely remodelled. It is set to host the final of the 2014 World Cup. It also host the decisive match on July 16, 1950, when Brazil, who only needed a draw to become world champions, lost 2-1 to Uruguay in what remains to this day a national football trauma. The "new Maracana" seats around 79,000 spectators.

The Mineirao Stadium in BELO HORIZONTE has a capacity of about 62,000 spectators. During the World Cup, it is set to host four group matches, one round-of-16 game and a semi-final.

The Castelao Stadium in FORTALEZA, in north-eastern Brazil, fits around 64,000 spectators. It was the first World Cup stadium to be declared ready, in December 2012. In 2014, it is set to host four group matches, one round-of-16 game and a quarter-final. Construction cost 226 million dollars, according to official figures.

The Arena Pernambuco in RECIFE is the second of a total of three stadiums in north-eastern Brazil (Fortaleza, Natal, and Recife). During the World Cup, it is set to host four group matches and one round-of-16 game. The stadium was only ready in mid-April 2013, with a considerable delay.

The Fonte Nova Stadium in SALVADOR, in the state of Bahia, fits around 50,000 spectators. Construction was finished in early April, after more than two-and-a-half years of work. At times, as many as 4,500 workers were active in construction efforts. Cost: 258 million dollars.

Still in construction:

The Arena Corinthians in SAO PAULO is set to host the opening match of the World Cup on June 12. Its cost stands at an estimated 373 million dollars, and it is 94 per cent ready by now. However, construction work has been delayed by an accident last week which killed two workers when a crane toppled onto part of the stadium. The stadium, also known as "Itaquerao," is scheduled to host three other group matches as well as the tournament opener, one round-of-16 game and a semi-final.

The Estadio Beira-Rio in PORTO ALEGRE, in southern Brazil, is being remodelled for an estimated 144 million dollars. By October 2013, some 90 per cent of the work had been completed. A total of around 1,700 workers were active at the site.

The Arena da Amazonia, in the Amazonian city of MANAUS, is the most exotic venue of the 2014 World Cup. The stadium has a capacity for almost 44,000 spectators, and it is set to cost an estimated 264 million dollars. Manaus is set to host four group matches.

The Arena Pantanal in CUIABA fits 44,000 spectators and is set to host four group matches during the World Cup. Construction is to cost about 227 million dollars, according to official figures.

The Arena das Dunas in NATAL, in north-eastern Brazil, is set to cost an estimated 180 million dollars, with a capacity for around 42,000 World Cup spectators. Some 1,800 people are working round the clock to finish construction.

The Arena da Baixada in CURITIBA is running considerably later than planned and will not meet the December 31 deadline set by FIFA. According to official figures, it is set to cost 102 million dollars, although media reports estimate a cost of 116 million dollars.



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