Officials state Brazil’s World Cup stadium preparations on course

07 Oct 2013

Key officials behind Brazil’s preparations for the 2014 World Cup have maintained that the remaining venues will be delivered on time as FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke prepares to make his latest visit to the country this week.

Valcke is due to visit Porto Alegre and Cuiaba; with World Cup preparations having again hit the headlines last week after construction work was suspended at Curitiba’s stadium due to a number of serious safety breaches. The Associated Press reports that of the six stadiums that need to be finished by December, five were less than 90% complete by September. Work at the Arena das Dunas in northeastern Natal was the most advanced, with 90% of construction completed. “We are very confident with the timetable presented by the host cities,” said Ricardo Trade, CEO of Brazil 2014’s local organising committee. “We don’t feel we are running against time to have the stadiums delivered. There are no major obstacles to overcome. Of course, there’s always the possibility that something goes wrong, but as we get closer to the deadline, that possibility is diminishing.”

Cuiaba’s Arena Pantanal was at 85% completion at the end of September. Local officials were recently forced to re-tender the seating contract for the venue after public prosecutors alleged that the seats were overpriced. Meanwhile, progress on the southern city of Porto Alegre’s Beira-Rio Stadium was placed at 82% completion in August.

Brazil Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo added: “If we only delivered two (stadiums) in December last year, this was a lesson too, so we can make an effort to deliver them in December 2013. And we are counting on it.”