SAO PAULO STADIUM REMAINS A DOUBT FOR WORLD CUP

Fears that the Sao Paulo Stadium will be ready in time for next month’s FIFA World Cup continue to grow.

The arena, also known as the Arena Corinthians, is set to host the tournament’s opening match, between Brazil and Croatia on Thursday 12th June.

But with just three weeks to go, FIFA announced it is delaying the final test event at the stadium, from 28th May to 1st June.

The rescheduled date has been made amid concerns over the local transport system.

Its first test event took place on Monday with a club match between the hosts Corinthians and Figueirense in front of 40,000 fans.

The stadium has a capacity of 68,000, but none of the 28,000 temporary seats were used. FIFA demands the attendance must be over 50,000 to fully test the facilities.

Plans to install a roof over these seats have already been abandoned after project difficulties, including the death of three construction workers.

Eight people have died in the construction process across all of the stadiums. 

Last month, FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke said there is 'not a minute to waste' in preparing the stadium. 

Posted on 22/05/2014